Was the 5946 a good weapon and did you like training on it and maintaining it?
Have any of you (Mounties) heard anything? What would you like to see the RCMP go to and why?
The 5946 is a great general duty pistol, but not at all suited to tactical or plain clothes duties.
And the heavy trigger can be a pain, especially for weaker shooters. Going through 200-300 rounds at a time can get tiring for some. I'm lucky that I've gotten to shoot mine a lot. I think I've put over 40,000 rounds through a few of them in my service, and except for a cracked chamber in my original, the only problems were broken extractors. And for qualifications the last 8 years, all I worry about is my x count. Best is 33 out of a possible 46. Last qual was 22 I think. lol
I like the 229 as well though.
I got to shoot it at TPOF when it was being trialed by CBSA. Some of the guys didn't like the DAK trigger. I found it pretty good. I really like the DA/SA triggers, but for a general duty gun, training to transition from a double action first shot to single action follow ups isn't feasible for 99.9% of the members in general duty.
Having said that, I would choose the DAK as well. I like the same trigger from first to last shot.
But if it was up to me, I'd carry a G17 for GD, G34 for tactical, and G19 or 26 for plainclothes work.
I like Glocks. :p
I shoot every two weeks or so still, no problems with my gun. I am on my second issue Glock because we all got new ones a year ago. I was lucky enough to get a few test drives on the RCMP's 5946 and really liked it. It's a nice looking piece of kit as well.The RCMP members I was shooting with did say they liked the Glock however.
Why did S&W discontinue this weapon?
Some people will say how can there be a lack of a market when the rcmp buys them, but we really aren't a big customer.
The 5946 is a nice gun. But I feel there are far better ones out there.
Unfortunately, some of our armorers don't like the glocks for some design/safety reasons. So not much chance of us using them any time soon.
There is a new 5946 out that we tested against the Sig for ERT. It was made for the CHP. It comes black from the factory, has an integral rail, and has a slightly lower trigger pull.
If you go on any gun forums, you might see that the G22 has some issues when used with a light(X300 or the like).
One of the instructors I had in Blackwater said Mr. Glock took a course that he taught on. He told Mr Glock that his best pistol is the G17, which made him very happy. The instructor then said that the ones that came after were crap(G22 mostly). Mr Glock didn't like him as much after that.....
From what I've read by people with way more knowledge than me, the problem was taking a gun designed around a 9mm cartridge and putting a 40 into it.
There seem to be less issues when using a reduced power load, like a 165gr or there abouts, as opposed to a 180gr.
But again, that's just stuff I read on the interweb. So take it for what it's worth.
And, most Fed agencies don't follow the lead. CBSA is the most recent to arm, and they wrote up their own requirements(with a little help from our armorers...), and ended up with the Beretta Px4. What a piece of crap that is...
I thought the 5946 trigger was bad.
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I'd like to see us go to a SIG or an H&K. I wasn't crazy about the CBSA PX4 when I shot it. I'm not a Glock fan either.
I can't see us going to an HK. I think there'd be a much better chance of a Sig. Or the 5946 we checked out for ERT.
I didn't get to shoot it, but dry-fired it a bit, and the trigger was much nicer. And it had a rail.
The main problem with it was the lack of holsters for it. There wasn't much out for it at all last year.
I think we're stuck with the current version for a little while any way.
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