“Dangerous defects were found on the guns that Bardstown Police Officers carry with them on a daily basis,” wdrb.com reports. “Hairline fractures appeared on 12 guns, which were immediately taken out of commission. That’s nearly half of the weapons of the 27-man department and Captain Tom Roby says it’s a serious concern . . .
“At one point the gun would actually fall apart,” said Cpt. Roby. The issue was discovered on the Glock model 23s during recent training practices. Those guns were purchased back in 2000. “It’s a hairline crack,” Roby said. “But with a little pressure you could spread it open. And .40 caliber is a high pressure handgun.” Cpt. Roby said, over the years that pressure adds up. He said officers continually train with their weapons. Many even practice shooting on their off days.
OK, you lost me . . .
In the main, cops do not “continually train” with their department-issued firearms. Nor do they spend their off-days at the gun range, generally speaking. (More’s the pity.) That’s especially true when the ammo cost comes out of their own pockets. So that smells. And what are the odds of 12 15-year-old GLOCK 23’s having a hairline fracture problem at the exact same time? Five words: picture or it didn’t happen. Curiously absent from the video at the link. Nice mime, Chief . . .
Sure, the guns in question are .40-caliber, a “high pressure” round that’s snappier than an alcohol-deprived Dorothy Parker. But I’d bet dollars to cop Krispy Kremes that the firearms have seen no more than 5000 rounds in their service life. Which reminds me: GLOCKS are plastic, with bits of metal on board. Bardstown, Kentucky ain’t Plano, Texas but the Bluegrass State can get plenty hot in the summer. Were the guns cleaned, lubricated and stored properly? And now that I think of it, were the Bardstown cops using the correct ammo and nothing but the correct ammo? Maybe it’s a miracle they lasted as long as they did.
After about 15 years of wear and tear, the police department will receive $12,000 from the city. That money will be used to purchase new guns after the severity of the cracks was demonstrated to council members.
“Once the last round is fired, the action should be to lock back. In this case it wouldn’t lock back and then basically the slide would fall off the front of the barrel if you tipped it down,” said Roby.
The guns will be sent back to Glock for repair and possibly be resold. In the meantime, twelve of the officers have to make do without their standard weapon.
“Some officers like myself are carrying a personal weapon until we can get them replaced,” said Cpt. Roby.
Cops should have the best possible firearms to do their jobs. As should all civilians. But when the taxpayers are picking up the tab, someone should be putting an eye on the boys in blue, just in case they’re playing fast and loose with their firearms procurement process. Just sayin’ . . .