When it comes to the most popular weapons in law enforcement, Glock and Remington rule the land. In the upcoming November 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author William Bell discusses and tests the Glock 22 pistol and the Remington 870 Express Tactical Magpul shotgun because they’re common in many police cruisers.

Bell writes, “Given my 37-plus year LE background, I was tasked with selecting and evaluating what I believed to be the two most prevalent firearms used by police agencies today. It didn’t take me long to select the Glock 22 Gen4 and the Remington 870 Express Tactical Magpul. Both of these firearms are the latest evolutions in their series, and they’re state of the art for LE use in 2014.

“The .40-caliber Glock 22 was introduced in 1990. Unlike a number of contemporary .40s that had 10-round magazines, the G22 boasted a 15+1 capacity, and for a service-sized pistol with a 4.48-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.95 inches, it had an unloaded weight of 25.59 ounces—due in large part to its polymer frame and integral grips. Trust me, when you’ve been wearing a duty belt as long as I have, any weight reduction is a blessing. As cops transitioned from DA revolvers, a lot of administrators felt that having an autoloader that was simple to operate and shoot, like the older wheelguns, was a good idea. The Glock Safe Action is, in simple terms, a striker-fired mechanism where you pull the trigger and it shoots—there’s no safety to manipulate, no hammer drop to remember when the shooting is done. Passive internal safeties keep it from firing unless the trigger is intentionally pulled, and different trigger pull weights are available; 5.5 pounds is standard.”

To learn more, check out the November 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally Sept. 16, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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