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CA CHP .40 S&W
Harrison Shooter Supply | Firearm Sales
Veteran-owned and operated.
Sig Sauer Master Dealer. Gun sales. Firearm accessories.
NFA Class 3 firearms.
I recently paid a visit to Harrison Shooter Supply and came across this gem! Heavy, functional, affordable - this California Highway Patrol pistol is now added to my law enforcement firearm collection. Not as pretty as the Kansas Highway Patrol Sig, it is made for the road. Not a big fan of the .40 cartridge for a host of reasons, bypassing my bias and prejudice, it has replaced my 9mm S&W M&P.
This heavy duty firearm reminds me of my .41 S&W from my career as a deputy sheriff in California, where my backup was normally a CHP officer. In those days, they carried the famous CHP revolver - which proved to be inadequate one night near Redcrest, CA. I rolled up on a late Monday night to backup a CHP on a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle. The officer was down; five suspects were firing at him and my vehicle as I rolled up.
I killed the lights and the world was black, except for the lights in the CHP patrol vehicle. These were the days when there were hundreds of street gangs in LA and 70,000 gang members. The suspects were running stolen cars to Seatle from LA.
Exiting the passenger side, away from the incoming fire, I aimed, closed my eyes, turned my head and fired the .41 at the flashes of gunfire. The flame erupted with the roar that only the .41 and .44 can make. The 210 grain hollow point did not strike any of the suspect in the pitch black night under the 200+ foot redwoods, but they did strike branches and trees next to the suspects. They quit the firefight and hit the brush without flashlights.
I got the officer to protection by the sheriff's vehicle, used the speed loader for the only time in the field, and returned fire when a target availed itself as the ambulance and EMT's arrived, well before backup. The first backup vehicles were from a small department 20 miles away, followed by sheriff's deputies that responded from 30-50 miles away.
This .40 reminds me of that .41, though it lacks the speed and bullet size; compares to .45 in the load I carry. This CHP model is now my carry.
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