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I´m not sure if this is the place to make this question or would be better at 1911s.
Nevertherless there we go: I´m wondering a long time the reasons the FBI could change their SIGs to Springfield. Was a real technical or tactical reason? or perhaps only a political one?
I must saying I don´t know this handgun and never have seen one here at Spain. But I think with this weapon would be easier get a malfunction if you loss although for a moment your grip (and it could happen perfectly in a tactical situation).

Another question: Is it only used in .45 caliber or also in .40S&W?

Please, comment about these topics and let me know if I´m wrong.
Thanks in advance.

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The FBI has used revolvers for most of its history. (I'm no specialist on FBI firearms history, but this should be pretty close to the proper chronology). When they finally decided to issue autoloaders (a decision that former FBI agent, trainer, and holster designer Bill Rogers influenced heavily) they went with S&W 9mm autos (M-659's or similar). After the Miami shoot-out, a test program was set up and a S&W 10mm auto was adopted. Problems arose with the pistols, which were recalled, and 9mm SIGs (226's I think) were procured as an interim solution. The FBI has also accepted the Glock (22's & 23's) and the typical FBI agent is armed with one or another of the aforementioned pistols.

Seperate from this evolution of duty sidearms for their rank and file, the FBI adopted a Para-Ordnance based 1911 pistol, in .45ACP, for their Hostage Rescue Team. Later, they adopted the Springfield single-stack 1911, also in .45ACP, for their regional SWAT teams. The single-action 1911-style pistols were chosen for the same advantages in ease of use that causes them to reign supreme in the action shooting disciplines. Any concerns about a given agent's ability to handle the single-action auto were addressed by the fact that the agents to whom these 1911's are issued are SWAT-trained and more highly qualified than the typical special agent. When not involved in a SWAT operation, these agents still carry these 1911's as their duty sidearms.

Consequently, it is difficult to say what pistol a given FBI agent has beneath his (or her) coat. It could be a SIG, a S&W auto in 10mm or 9mm, a .40 Glock, a double or single-stack 1911, or even a revolver.

Unlike our military's adoption of the Beretta M9, I doubt that politics had anything to do with the adoption of the Springfield...a Brazilian-made firearm.

I hope this helps,

Rosco



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I believe only the Hostage Rescue Team and and Field Office SWAT trained agents carry the 1911. HRT swithed from 9mm Browning Hi Powers to Les Baer customized Para Ordnance 1911s in .45. The Field Office SWAT teams use customized Springfield Armory 1911s.
Regular Field Agents were issued the SIG P226 in 9mm. A couple years ago they started issuing the Glock 23 in .40 S&W.

I believe the 1911 is used for the SWAT and HRT because the Firearms Traing Unit at that time was ran by Agents who were active IPSC competitors. As much these teams train, any reliable and accurate pistol would have worked probably just as well.
 
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