Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this article from June 1990, readers are introduced to Smith & Wesson’s new Model 1006, a 10 mm double-action semi-automatic, which debuted alongside the S&W Model 1076, a pistol designed to meet the FBI’s specifications.
Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this article from June 1990, the author reports that It was the Bureau's ammunition performance testing that set the stage for the switch from revolvers to double-action semi-autos for the federal lawman.
Col. Walter R. Walsh cast a tall shadow across most of the 20th Century not only as competitive shooter, but as an FBI agent-a G-Man shooting it out with nation’s worst desperadoes-and as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He died at the age of 106.
The sight of a G-Man with a Thompson is one of the most iconic images of the FBI. But the Bureau has issued its agents many other long guns, ranging from pump-action Remingtons to Rock River M4s.
After the legendary Miami shootout, the FBI’s firearms people were faced with a fistful of problems. Not only were they charged with the responsibility for developing or selecting a new gun for their agents, they also had to come up with a protocol for selecting cartridges and loads.
This chronology of FBI firearms reflects the major models carried by agents since they were officially allowed to carry handguns in 1934. It reflects the different roles agents have been required to perform, ranging from investigative work, to that of the field SWAT teams.