To be clear — other than its Emergency Services Unit — the New York Police Department doesn’t know much about guns. They never have.
For decades, NYPD issued .38 caliber revolvers to its thousands of sworn officers. Then, in the 1990s, the department finally began issuing Glocks, but they weren’t anything like the Glocks the rest of the world uses. NYPD insisted on a 12-pound trigger instead of the standard 5-pound triggers everyone else uses.
Their reason? The department brass believed it would be too difficult for their officers to transition from a 12-pound pull to something lighter and more reasonable.
As a result, NYPD officers miss — a lot — since the 12-pound “New York trigger” is more difficult to operate, especially for new recruits and inexperienced officers. Keep in mind, most officers raised in New York have likely never fired a weapon until they join the department.
Now, according to the New York Daily News, NYPD officials may finally be joining the 20th Century.
“Now, after field tests at the NYPD firing range at Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx, police believe that officers fire more accurately with a 9mm handgun that has a trigger pull — meaning the pressure required to fire a bullet — of five pounds,” the newspaper reported. “The 457 recruits who were tested, most of whom never fired a weapon before, had an average score of 93.7 with the lesser pull and 88.7 with the 12-pound pull. Accuracy tests showed that 129 officers already working the streets also scored better with the lighter pull.”
Unfortunately, the officers currently crushing crime on the streets are out of luck.
NYPD will only be issuing the new pistols to police recruits.
The first class of recruits that will be issued the new guns graduates in October.