Buying trends: armed citizens versus off-duty cops.

Author:Ayoob, Massad
Position:PERSONAL DEFENSE MARKET
 
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Historically, our nation's law-abiding citizens have protected themselves and their homes with the same firearms as their local police. In the 19th Century Old West, a rancher was likely to carry the same Colt Single Action or large-bore S&W top-break revolver that rode on the hip of the sheriff or town marshal--usually chambered also in .44 or .45. In the East, cops tended to carry top-break revolvers in smaller calibers, so the same type of handgun was likely found in a citizen's nightstand drawer or coat pocket.

In the early 20th Century, the double-action Colt or Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver became the predominant police sidearm until the 1980s. A 4-inch or longer barrel model for uniformed officers, and a smaller-frame, 2-inch barrel was popular for plainclothes and off-duty use. Surveys indicated these revolvers seemed to be the most popular for home...

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