Friday, October 4, 2013

White House Police



Today's picture is from 1937, and it shows a White House police officer. This was after a shooting competition, and this officer had the top score. I am surprised however that in 1937 the officers would not be carrying more significant fire power . . . like maybe a Colt 1911 or a Tommy Gun.

10 comments:

  1. And you should always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
    -Anne K.

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  2. I think most police forces issued .38 revolvers to their men up until the '60s, or later. No matter how dumb the cop, he could operate a revolver.

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  3. The police were issued revolvers until the 1980's by most departments. Semi auto pistols were considered more prone to malfunction and required more training. It wasn't until the 1983 Miami shoot out that some police agencies felt under gunned with a 6 shot double action revolver.
    JimA

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  4. The Colt 1911 45 automatic pistol was not a very accurate weapon for any kind of distance shooting. I was good for short range shooting. like if the guy was right in front of you.
    I use to belong to the NRA and could have got one free in the later 1950's, but after shooting one I decieded against getting it
    Now if I only knew that they would be worth a small fortune later on in life, I probable would have taken it

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  5. Not sure about 1937, today all WH police are basically uniformed Secret Service. Back in those days the White House grounds were accessible to the public. I recall seeing a photo in American Heritage Magazine of couples picnicing (right spelling???) on the lawn with the North Portico pillars directly beside them. How times have changed.

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  6. What's up with the wife-beater?

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  7. My Grandfather Kuhns was a WH police officer in the late '30s. Then transferred to MPD (Washington, D.C. police) where he served until his death in '44.
    WH Police was the predecessor to the Secret Service Uniform Division (SSUD).
    Revolvers were standard issues for SSUD and most police departments until the late '80s. As a federal officer in the mid-80s I carried either a S&W Model 15 or Ruger Service-Six.

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  8. White House police, fitting considering recent events.

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  9. Hammer at full cock and finger on trigger. was hi in preparation of a target turn. Or had he just completed?

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  10. Funny how they used spent casings for ear plugs. When I was broken in on the police range back in the 70's, they did the same thing with us.
    And we had old model 10's until the early 80's.

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