Skip to comments.Pistol For Police Marketed To The Public (LAPD SIS - City & Civil Rights Leaders Outraged)
Posted on 01/12/2008 5:16:32 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Pistol for police marketed to the public
City leaders criticize the modified version of a gun originally made for an elite unit of the Los Angeles Police Department that has a history of fatal shootings.
By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 12, 2008
To the dismay of some city leaders, a gun company is marketing a line of high-end pistols named for the LAPD's Special Investigation Section, an elite group of plainclothes detectives with a history of fatally shooting suspects.
The guns for the undercover unit were created at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department. Kimber, a Yonkers, N.Y.-based gun maker, is marketing a slightly modified version to the public, touting the weapons as the "hot new SIS pistols" on the company's website.
For each of the more than $1,000 guns sold, Kimber says it will donate $15 to the nonprofit Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, which provides financial support to officers and their families in times of death, injury or illness.
But news that a weapon is being marketed with an "SIS" serration -- a clear reference to the LAPD -- was met with criticism from city and civil rights leaders.
"It is very disturbing," said Councilman Jack Weiss. "If any member of the public is shot with one of these guns or, heaven forbid, a cop is shot with one these guns, what would be the explanation?"
LAPD officials said the department does not endorse the gun but has no control over how the manufacturer markets the weapon.
Regarding questions about the weapons marketed to the public, Police Chief William J. Bratton dismissed the topic as a "nonissue," calling it "foolish."
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While Kimber Arms seems to just be using this as a marketing ploy, if the SIS detectives endorsed this new pistol, then I might consider buying one...
Kimber Arms webpage for the SIS:
They say that like it is a bad thing.
... so it’s just a jiggered-up .45, isn’t it?
More on the Kimber SIS here:
Does it make a difference .. this gun, that gun, etc. This is crazy.
Yeah...I think so.
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Colt 1911 .45 ACP, but that’s because I’m nostalgic...
Shark??? Hell, it could take down a RINO. (snicker snicker)
Meh. Let me know when they put out the Tony Montana signature model M16M203.
They have some great stuff!!
Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. There isn’t enough info in the article to ascertain which was most often the case.
wow. that is beautiful! the “SIS” is a little cheesy though, IMHO. does the SIS really carry .45’s?
Anything Kimber makes is good, but I don’t see anything so special about this one, other than a few more bells and whistles.
As far as the “outraged” lefties, they’re just displaying their ignorance. Somebody needs to publicly tell them how stupid they look when they can’t tell one gun from another. The police chief made a good start, but the LA media probably won’t report it.
If I had bought one of those first, rather than among the most recent, I would have many many fewer guns. Or (Most likely) they all would have been .45 variants. While some of my 9's like the Sig 226 are truly superb, I just find myself shooting them less and less, and reloading .45 in thousand round batches. (Progressive Loader/Brass Waterfall).
Sometimes it is. Not all “suspects” are guilty. Some may be very innocent.
Can these city and civil rights leaders tell me what criminal would subject themself to a background check, then purchase one of these for over $1000?
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