Officers of the New York Police Department are upset about having to pay out-of-pocket for new service pistols. New NYPD officers are supplied with modified Glock 17 Gen 4 pistols for duty while the bulk of veteran officers carry older Glock 19 pistols.
If officers want to “upgrade” to the newer Glock 17 they will have to pay the $525 themselves. The Glock 17 is the original full-size service pistol while the Glock 19 is the smaller compact size service pistol.
New recruits are issued a duty pistol for free once they are sworn in. They have the choice of carrying a Glock 17, a Glock 19 or a SIG P226. It seems that most now are picking the Glock 17.
In addition to the improved Gen 4 features, the Glock 17 has a longer slide and barrel assembly. This improves projectile ballistics and provides users with a longer sight radius which makes it easier to place precise shots.
The fourth generation models add several important ergonomic improvements including a reduced grip size in order to fit a wider range of user hand sizes. The grips can also be customized with interchangeable backstraps. Glock also enlarged the magazine release button and made it reversible for left-handed users. Additionally, these guns have an improved recoil spring assembly for a smoother recoil impulse.
Inspector Raymond Caroli, commander of the NYPD firearms and tactics section told the New York Post “It’s the ergonomics of this gun … that makes this a better gun.”
“If the Glock 17 can help us shoot better, that increases our safety,” said another officer. “I personally believe the department should help out in paying for the new gun, or, at least, provide an even swap. Not everybody has $525 on hand to make a purchase like that.”
The Glock 17 also has a longer grip than the Glock 19 which helps shooters with bigger hands control the gun. Normally it also provides improved capacity but things are a little different in the NYPD.
The NYPD requires limited-capacity Glock 17 magazines that only hold 15 rounds. Standard Glock 17 mags hold 17 rounds of ammunition.
“Half the class laughed when the instructor said that,” said one NYPD officer. “Good ol’ NYPD, they’re restricting us yet again, only handing out the 15 option.”
“Why would you select a firearm that can hold 17 rounds, but then only allow 15 to be carried? It defies common sense. Officers may need those rounds if they find themselves in an active-shooter situation like Dallas or Orlando.”
Citizens of New York also have a magazine capacity restriction among other onerous gun control laws they must abide. Magazine capacity is limited to 10 rounds for the state’s residents and visitors.