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    Is my memory correct? Didn't the M.S.P. carry .38 Spl. revolvers in a crossdraw flap holster 40 years ago? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    prolly

    why?

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    I seem to remember a nice shiny RH flapped holster with the .38 but that was a dress uniform, could it be they had a cross draw rig for ease of access while in the car?

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    Ford Truck wrote:
    Is my memory correct? Didn't the M.S.P. carry .38 Spl. revolvers in a crossdraw flap holster 40 years ago? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Ford Truck wrote:
    Is my memory correct? Didn't the M.S.P. carry .38 Spl. revolvers in a crossdraw flap holster 40 years ago? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    Don't remember 40 years ago, but my uncle was a trooper starting in 1969 and I have his service revolver. Itis a Smith and Wesson Model 66 K frame (combat magnum) stainless .357 mag. I bought it from him when they went to the Sigs. They did have the flap holsters, which I stated to him was not very good for a quick draw. He said don't worry, when they approach a vehicle they have their hand in their pocket wrapped around a Smith and Wesson .38 bodyguard. Some still do this today. So if you are approached by a trooper and his hand is in his pocket, he's ready for trouble.
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    Ford Truck wrote:
    Is my memory correct? Didn't the M.S.P. carry .38 Spl. revolvers in a crossdraw flap holster 40 years ago? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    I am not from Michigan, but the .357 magnum was developed, to a large degree, for use by state police who needed to defeat dad guys in cars. I would suspect that the duty weapon of the Michigan State Police was the .357 Magnum with a 4 inch barrel.

    "In the 1930s, it was found to be very effective on steel body armor, and metal-penetrating rounds were once popular in the United States among highway patrol and other police organizations."

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    If I remember right, every current or retired MSP Trooper I talked to about their guns said they had a S and W .38 or .357 wheelie for backup and/or off duty carry. Seems like a pretty good idea to me. Your last ditch gun shouldn't have even the slightest chance of jamming.
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    If I remember right, every current or retired MSP Trooper I talked to about their guns said they had a S and W .38 or .357 wheelie for backup and/or off duty carry. Seems like a pretty good idea to me. Your last ditch gun shouldn't have even the slightest chance of jamming.
    that is a downside to todays high cap semi's the police use. Many do not spend the range time and rely on spray and pray. With the wheel gun you had to make your rounds count, and if it went click, no clearance drills you just pulled the trigger again.

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    A modern revolver can hold 8 rounds in .357 Magnum. You can reload almost instantly with a speed loader. Single stack semi autos like many of us carry only hold one more round. In a lot of ways Ford Truck is right about wheel guns being the real guns.
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    tarzan1888 wrote:
    Ford Truck wrote:
    Is my memory correct? Didn't the M.S.P. carry .38 Spl. revolvers in a crossdraw flap holster 40 years ago? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
    I am not from Michigan, but the .357 magnum was developed, to a large degree, for use by state police who needed to defeat dad guys in cars. I would suspect that the duty weapon of the Michigan State Police was the .357 Magnum with a 4 inch barrel.

    "In the 1930s, it was found to be very effective on steel body armor, and metal-penetrating rounds were once popular in the United States among highway patrol and other police organizations."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.357_Magnum



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    Yes his, now my weaponhas a four inch barrel. It's a dandy weapon. I also have the same model in a six inch barrel for deer hunting. Really very accurate.
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