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Frogfoot
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Posted - January 24 2019 :  8:37:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In perusing the internet, I read that the Texas Rangers had adopted the Sig Sauer P320 and noticed that the announcements on quite a few websites were simply copies of the original announcement, which stated (among other things) that the new pistol was available in 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .45 ACP without mentioning what specific caliber had been chosen. Any ideas?

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RLS
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USA
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Posted - January 24 2019 :  10:28:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ten Driver has a thread that may be of help. What he has listed for Texas is the SIG P320 in 9mm.

http://www.stoppingpower.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=28348


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gauchobill
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Posted - January 26 2019 :  07:33:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In reading Ten Driver's reports on gun/caliber selections by the states' police organizations, it would appear that the .40 S&W caliber still maintains a strong position. Paraphrasing the words of Mark Twain, "it appears that reports of the death of the 40 caliber are greatly exaggerated".
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gw
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Posted - January 26 2019 :  09:05:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here's how scientific the selection of a .40 caliper handgun might have been

at the point the decision was being made, around half the troops wanted a high capacity 9mm, the other half wanted a powerful .45

9mm (.36") + .45 = .81 divided by 2 = .40 ( 10mm )


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Edited by - gw on January 26 2019 10:00:21 AM
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Frogfoot
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Posted - January 26 2019 :  9:29:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did they make the switch in 2014? The announcements I've been reading have been from June of last year and I thought that maybe they had very recently switched again.

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill
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Ten Driver
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Posted - January 29 2019 :  02:13:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,

After an aborted attempt to go with another make, Texas DPS now issues the SIG P320 in 9mm. The Rangers are a division of DPS, so I presume that their guns are chambered in 9mm.

I know the Rangers have a long history of being rather independent in their weapon selection, so there’s a possibility that they may not be carrying either the 9mm or the 320 at all, but my presumption is that the division follows suite with the other armed divisions, like the Highway Patrol.

Mike
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Ace
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Posted - January 29 2019 :  11:32:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
TOM story: Back when I was working for a living, Sarge and I were at the courthouse for a court appearance. In the hallway was a strapping big guy wearing a big Stetson. He struck up a conversation, turned out he was a Texas Ranger. At one point during the conversation, he took the hat off for a moment. On the inside I saw a small pistol in a holster that was fastened above the sweat band. Made me wish we wore big hats, so I could copy the idea. Ace

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