05/30/2008

St. Louis police want more pistol firepower

By Patrick M. O'Connell
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis — The pistol in every St. Louis police officer's duty holster is a 9 mm Beretta 92F semiautomatic. It will dispense 16 slugs the diameter of a good-sized pen with as many pulls on the trigger.

Those bullets fly with the power to punch through eight sheets of drywall. But in today's tough crime environment, is it enough wallop to overpower an armed threat?

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