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Founded in 1936, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) is a…

Founded in 1936, the Louisiana State Police (LSP) is a statewide law enforcement agency created to ensure the safety of the population through enforcement, education and by providing other essential public safety services. Today, almost 1,100 troopers, under the capable leadership of Col. Michael D. Edmonson, remain true to the mission of protecting the citizens of the Pelican State.

In 2009, the LSP became the first state agency to adopt the new GLOCK 22 RTF2 .40 pistol. The Louisiana State Police join a long list of agencies who utilize a GLOCK pistol for duty use, including the Highway Patrols/State Police of Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, New York and Pennsylvania. During a recent visit, I had the good fortune of dropping by the LSP’s state-of-the-art range in Zachary, La, to take in some training from their instructor staff.  Instructors were first given the one-day armorer’s school to gain a better understanding of the GLOCK design, which was followed by three days of range training.  All hands I spoke with were very enthusiastic about the switch to the new pistol.

Source of its Success
Since its introduction in 1990, the GLOCK 22 has become the most popular police pistol here in the U.S. Considering the very stiff competition of rival companies, this is no small accomplishment. Clearly, the GLOCK 22 rose to the top of the mountain because it had much to offer. High on the list was the fact that the GLOCK 22 offered big-bore stopping potential in a platform the same size as 9×19.

The unique “Safe Action” trigger system of the GLOCK pistol allows most shooters to reach their full marksmanship potential and achieve a high level of confidence. As a law enforcement trainer, it has been my observation that it is far easier to get new shooters up to speed with the GLOCK system than with competitive double action/single action or DAO (double-action-only) designs.

The new GLOCK 22 RTF2 incorporates a few new features along with the proven qualities of the original design. Most notable is the aggressive grip surface. The new RTF2’s grip surface sports hundreds of miniature spikes or “polymids” on the grip’s front, back and sides for a very positive hold. The polymids prevent slipping even if the hand is wet, and they represent a big improvement over improvised measures such as skateboard type or rubber sleeves. I’ll confess to using a couple of strips of stair tread on my pebble-grip GLOCK 17 which worked fine, but chewed up my hand during long practice sessions. The RTF2 has the same advantage without the abrasion effect.

In addition to the new gripping texture, the RTF2 also features differing slide serrations. Instead of the usual vertical serrations at the rear of the slide, the RTF2 pistols feature a racy, crescent-shaped design. The redesigned grooves feature an even better grasping surface for manually manipulating the slide.

Other qualities are consistent with other pistols in the GLOCK line. They include the very shootable “Safe Action” trigger, cold hammer-forged barrel, lightweight polymer frame, and an accessory rail for mounting tactical illuminators and laser aimers. Not to be overlooked is the tough-as-nails Tenifer finish which holds up very well in the most demanding conditions.

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