The Arms Of Law & Order:
New York City Police Department Small Arms
From 1896 onward
Law, without force, is impotent. - Blaise Pascal
In the time I've been studying firearms my interests
focused upon two different specialties: US Military Small Arms and the
small arms of the New York City Police Department.
In the early and mid-1990's, under circumstances
that are bizarre enough to warrant their own essay, I was given very
broad access to NYPD records and personnel. During this time I copied
thousands of pages of documents that I found and also was given quite a
few documents by people who had been involved in various projects and
kept copies of the records for themselves.
While I'm working on putting what I've found into a
book detailing the history of NYPD small arms, I am going to post here
some of the documents and data that might be of interest to collectors.
One resource that I've managed to assemble is a
fairly comprehensive database of serial numbers for NYPD guns from
Lettering NYPD Guns - I'm receiving many more requests for
that a gun is (or is not) an NYPD gun. Between the demands upon my time
and the cost of maintaining this page and the records that go with it,
I'm going to start asking for a small fee for documenting guns. It
won't be sending me to Vegas anytime soon but it will pay for the
- NYPD Guns
FAQ - Answers to the most common questions I get about New York
City Police Department small arms. You should read this first before
emailing me a question.
- Smith &
Model 60 NY-1 - The contract produced Model
60 NY-1 had a brief and very checkered history. Quite a few documents
including shipping invoices, internal memoranda and some legal
documents found their way to my desk.
& Wesson Model 10 2 inch RB - In the mid-1980's the
Department took delivery of 400 2-inch Model 10's. Prior to this almost
every M&P/M10 orered by the Department was 4 inch. The small
quantity ordered and the relatively recent date of delivery allow for a
complete accounting of all 400 guns.
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