Sixty Five Percent Of US Law Enforcement Carry GLOCK

by Pete

With nearly 20 years of law enforcement behind me, I’ve carried my share of different pistols. Some were chosen for me, others were selected off a list of approved personally owned weapons. For the last decade I’ve picked GLOCK as my choice for on duty and off duty carry. Besides being hyper-reliable, they fit my shooting style perfectly.

This does not detract from the other handgun options available to U.S. law enforcement. I firmly believe that if a weapon is both safe and reliable, individual LE officers should be able to carry any gun they can shoot with confidence. If that means carrying a double action only semi-auto, a 1911 or even a wheelgun, so be it. It just so happens that my choice is a GLOCK 17/26 combo.

I recognize the need for larger organizations to promote standardization: manual of arms, armorers parts, tools and training, magazine interchangeability, budgets and yes even politics play a role in handgun selections. On the other hand, I also understand that many officers are not “gun people” and need guidance in their sidearm selection. After all, it’s those guns that will be shot at most four times and 200 rounds a year.

The press release from GLOCK can be found below.

PRESS RELEASE: A Growing Number of US Law Enforcement Agencies Make the Switch to GLOCK Pistols

SMYRNA, Ga. – April 18, 2017 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.

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 protect and serve 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 harm’s way,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey.

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



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  • SomeRationalThoughtOr? SomeRationalThoughtOr? on Apr 26, 2018

    Nice shilling. "Just get a glawk". So because he's LEO that means the gun is sacred and perfect to use and you should totally get it?

    Ok! I'm sold on that perfectly logical argument!

  • John John on Apr 26, 2018

    One of the greatest marketing campaigns in history (still ongoing), super low prices for LE with amazing trade in deals and an incredibly simple and reliable gun. Not that hard to believe.

    • John John on Apr 26, 2018

      @John My only two problems with Glock are, one, I don't like the way they feel in my hand and, two, they have had reliability issues just like everyone else. It's just the fanboys literally say things like "after Glock replaced the recoil spring it's the most reliable pistol I've ever owned"...sure, OK.