US Law Enforcement Agencies Make the Switch to GLOCK Pistols

US Law Enforcement Training with Glock Pistols
US Law Enforcement Training with Glock Pistols

SMYRNA, Ga. – -(Ammoland.com)- GLOCK, Inc. continues to grow a presence as the primary service weapon of choice for US law enforcement agencies.

While GLOCK is currently the preferred pistol for 65% of law enforcement agencies, those numbers continue to grow. During the first quarter of 2018, GLOCK was pleased to welcome over a dozen new agencies making the switch from competitor pistols.

US Law Enforcement with Glock Pistols
US Law Enforcement with Glock Pistols

Among the agencies to choose GLOCK over several competitors are the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the West Virginia State Police.

Lt. Robert Perry from the West Virginia State Police said, “The GLOCK out performed any other manufacturer tested” which has led to the selection and ordering of 850 GLOCK 17 Gen5 pistols. “The WV State Police has always prided itself in providing the best available equipment to its members and that is why we have chosen GLOCK,” said Perry.

“Reliability is synonymous with GLOCK: the weapons work when you need them to. In law enforcement, a weapon's reliability can mean the difference between life and death,” said LCpl Colbert with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. “When our officers leave for work every day there’s usually only two things we make absolutely sure we have – our GLOCK and our body armor!”

“GLOCK has been providing reliable firearms to law enforcement agents who serve and protect for over 30 years,” stated GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “Our reputation of reliability, durability, and safety has been at the foundation of our agency partnerships and we look forward to continuing to exceed their expectations.”

GLOCKs safe and reliable design coupled with the highest level of customer support make them the number one choice of law enforcement in the United States. The cost effectiveness of pistol maintenance and quality customer service are critical issues for any law enforcement agency.

“We are excited to welcome these agencies to the GLOCK family and to provide consistent reliability to those who go into harms way,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey.

GLOCK, Inc.

About GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2018, GLOCK celebrates its 32nd Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit us.glock.com.

  • 29 thoughts on “US Law Enforcement Agencies Make the Switch to GLOCK Pistols

    1. Glocks are great guns, so are many others.
      Lets be honest why Glock has such a big LE business.

      Glock gives it to them free in exchange for the used pistols.
      They then sell the used ones, which bring in more money than the cost of giving away new ones.

      And before you cry bs, we are a dealer and do some trade-ins.

    2. Well Glocks are not going away anytime soon. The little Glock 42 in .380 and the compact Glock 19 in 9mm are two of their biggest sellers!

      I will probably own a model 42 in the .380. If they end up in a police property room because you had to use one at least those “plastic guns” are a dime a dozen.

      Not my favorite pistols though.

    3. Frank,
      You state that cops leave the house with Glock and body armor but not their brain?? Geez Frank.
      Maybe they do have an off day on occasion. That’s so they can relate to the alpha hotels , maybe like you, they have to deal with on a daily basis. Why don’t you put on your big boy pants and try the job for a month. See how long it takes you to pull your head out of your ass. Pal, if you haven’t been there, you got zero room to talk.

    4. Glocks are a very reliable pistol, but anyone that thinks they don’t break or have issues is a tad off base. I was a Glock rep for a number of years and either ran an LE academy program or was a senior instructor at one for 40 years. Glocks are mechanical devices and mechanical devices can and do break. I’ve fixed plenty of them. Doesn’t mean they are a bad gun, but they are not perfect. Glock never had a “recall” they only had “updates”. That’s why I still have a shop full of Glock “update” kits. I ran around replacing parts in LE guns for months. There are no perfect pistols out there. Get one you like, shoot it until you trust it, and carry it with you all the time.

      1. So true. If it is mechanical it may well break. I have carried the Browning DBA .45 in the mid 80s. You will know it as the P-220 It was sold under Browning name before Sig was able to sell it under their name in the US. Loved it but a freak drop broke the extractor, The only problem I ever had with it. A one in a million break. I also loved my Model 19 Glock while I was with USINS. It was one of the first models offered in the US. Never had a problem with it, but mag springs were a problem which Glock quickly took care of. I strongly advise anyone to rotate their mags. Springs will develop a memory. After several years of being charged the Border Patrol found that some mag springs failed. This was luckily found during training and not during an incident in the field. I rotate my charged mags every three months or less. Three in the duty belt, three empty. Now I am retired I’ll most likely go for a Model 26 Glock as soon as funds come available. When one is able to I always believed in having a gun you preferred and were accurate with was best.

    5. “When the officers leave for work, they make sure they have their Glock & body armor.”
      Too bad for all of us they didn’t include their brain!

      1. Spoken like someone who hasn’t got a clue what it’s like to be a LEO and deal with not only the bad guys, but people like you who like to whine and find fault . . . until they need a cop of course. You’re typical of people who like to talk the talk, but could never walk the walk. You sound like you’d be happier on Tumblr with the rest of the Liberal adolescents.

    6. That is funny. Glocks are also losing to departments switching to S&W or SIG. Glocks don’t always work. Every new generation had teething issues. Pretty bad for the same design to have problems 30 years later. My PD had all kinds of issues with the 40 cals. I have had 3 different Glocks and had problems with two of them. I got rid of them all. The only positive Glock ever did was give officers another reAson to carry a backup gun.

      1. That’s interesting. As I’ve stated before on some forums, I have two, a 19 & a 23, both with more than 250,000 rounds each and I only rebuilt the 19 at approximately 220,000 when the trigger bar started to wear. What problems did you have that were so great that you gave up?

      2. Calling Bull-Stuff. Unbelievable claim. I have never had a problem with any of the 5 Glocks I have been issued nor have the dozens upon dozens of LEO Cadets I have instructed over my 25 yr LEO career. Every surrounding agency either issues or allows the carry of personal Glocks and most Officers/Deputies given the choice carry Glocks. Also, Glock happens to be the preferred back up weapon by far with the multiple agencies I deal with. No “problems” to report. Millions of satisfied Glock owners disagree with your “story”.

      3. Extractors breaking, slide stops breaking, trigger springs breaking, all during normal academy use and quarterly qualifications. Not 1,000s of rounds on them either. We also found them to be somewhat ammo finicky as to what they would feed. Granted Glock worked hard to find a solution and eventually did. But it took over a year. We eventually dropped the 40 and went back to the 9mm and most serious problems went away.

        Also the MO State Highway Patrol Troopers Organization sent a letter to their commander of no confidence in their new Glock 40s. They cited an unacceptable rate of parts breakage and malfunctions. Again, I will give Glock credit, worked with them to also find a solution. They ended up keeping the 40 cal guns.
        One of the guns I had issues with was my issue G22. The other was my personally owned G17. My personally owned G26 functioned fine. Luckily, most of the time I was able to carry my own SIG P226 and SIG P220. In thousands of rounds, including extensive use in competition, I had a trigger reset spring break on the P226 at around 35K. That was on me for failing to replace normal parts that wear out.

        I know of a lot of others who like and trust their Glocks. I say good for them. And there is no “story” part to it. It was fact. FYI- I have been in LE since 1981, was a department FI for academy and in-service, an armorer for multiple weapons systems, a member of SRT, and have shot multiple disciplines of competitions since the early 80s with pistol, shotgun, and rifle. I am not making up some “story”. And anyone who says any firearm agency had no problems to report with ANY brand of firearm either never shoots them much or doesn’t want to admit shit breaks. There isn’t a gun out there that hasn’t had issues.

      4. Have to admit I’m surprised. Not that there are breakages, all guns have some problems, but that you experienced so many. My Instructor, arguably one of the finest worldwide, has used Glocks for years and while he has seen some breakage with extractors, mostly when using steel cased ammo, he said he’s never seen anything like what you’ve described.

    7. The last time I checked Smyrna Georgia was part of the United States and they have a Glock factory and all of the Glock pistols sold in this country are made there.

    8. And yet LEOs seem to have the most trouble using Glocks, based on all the ND reports we read about and see videos of where they mishandle their firearms. A LEO is the last person that I would trust with a firearm, most only use their firearms once or twice per year.

      1. Heed the call up
        I’m afraid you are basing your opinion on a very small percentage of incidents. Of course there are cases of bad firearms handling and of course those are the ones that get reported and you get to read about. What you don’t see are the thousands of times Glocks, as well as other striker fired pistols, are handled daily without incident. I was firearms instructor at a couple of different LE academies for 40 years and trained hundreds of young cops on everything from revolvers to 1911’s. I also tracked all firearms incidents for my agency including ND’s. I have a lot of documented info contrary to your very “blanket” statement. Please don’t put ALL cops into the same category without info to support it.

        1. MAH, I didn’t put “ALL cops” in any basket. I see that you didn’t refute the training aspect. If all they know are Glocks, I still wouldn’t hand them my firearm. I practice regularly, LEOs typically only qualify once or twice per year. If I don’t shoot in over a month, I notice a difference, I wouldn’t train just once per year or when “required”. The worst part is it’s that group that gets all the passes in our laws regarding where we can carry, mag limits, etc. – the one’s with the least amount of time practicing with their firearms. We are supposed to live in an egalitarian society, LEOs, especially when off-duty, should be constrained by the same laws everyone else is.

      1. Wrong. Anyone can beat or duplicate them, if they desire to try. What they can’t beat is the reliability and durability.

    9. Pitiful American gun companies don’t seem able to compete with Glocks. Full disclosure: I don’t own any foreign-made handguns, likely never will.

      1. Herb T, I don’t own any foreign made firearms, either, my Berettas were made in the Socialist state of Maryland. Thinking about that, I guess that does qualify as foreign. Though I did buy them quite a while ago, before Maryland became what it is today.

        1. MD is not nearly as bad as MA, which is why I don’t buy S and W, because they refuse to move. MA is beyond tyrannical with their leader Maura Healey flying the Soviet banner.

          1. Mark,
            You are right Pal. Massachusetts is a terrible place for a gun company. What many fail to understand, however, is that S&W is between a rock and a hard place. They have entire families that work for that company and I personally know of one that had 4 generations working there at one time. The employee’s at S&W love that company and I know several that retired with 40 years of tenure. It’s difficult to move a company that size and extremely expensive. Gun companies are NOT IBM or Chevron oil. They don’t have the kind of extra income that would afford a move to a non Kommie State and they certainly don’t want to lose valuable, loyal employees.

      2. Geez, how pitiful is the argument “I don’t own any foreign made handguns…”. Really? Where’d the steel come from? Where did the machines come from that were used to form the parts? Grow the hell up.

        I’ve owned guns from all over the world. Who cares? If they work or if I happen to like them I bought them. I bought a Norinco 1911 in 1975, before the ban, for $75 new. Made in China. People called it and the Norinco M-14 I also purchased “Chinese junk”. Well, that 1911 “Chinese Junk” out shot and out functioned a $1500 Kimber in a side by side test about ten years ago. I still have it and the only thing that’s been replaced is the sear which was getting a little worn.

        This bashing of guns because of where they were made is just stupid. Try bashing original AK’s some time and see how far that gets you.

        1. Hear hear!! I concur 100% with your statement. Why all the “mine is better than yours “ and “yours is junk, because it is not what I like “? There has always been the argument of Ford vs Chevy. Or Dodge or whatever. But when it comes to firearms, the mentality of people is always so much more venomous. Scary to think of how many people carrying weapons have such short fuses.

    10. How can one argue, the choice. Glocks freaking work, I don’t own one but carried one as an LE investigator. I don’t care for the grip angel and there are better choices for me out there. Also I think Glocks are ugly, but If I could only own one gun…it would be a S&W 2 3/4 Model 66 haha!

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