East Hartford Police Department Gen 4 Glock 17 pistols are shooting to the left, according to the EHPD police union. The pistols deviate by about 1-2 inches within 5-7 yards, but the deviation increases with each subsequent firing. The police union says the flaw is a known issue for the past ten years, but the Glock ignores the problem. The union says the problem is widespread, and many users have complained about the pistols being off-target on the Internet.
The union picked up the issue with the manufacturers through their employer, but the company instructed them to compensate for the flaw while shooting by aiming more to the right of the target. The union says Glock blamed their officers for inadequate shooting skills.
"Our firearms staff has run this issue up their chain of command and has been in touch with representatives at Glock and the only solutions they have offered is to tell them to instruct our members to compensate by aiming to the right of the target, and moving the sights on some of the guns so far to one side that they're hanging off the slide," the union said in a blog post.
The union says they discarded Glock Gen 3 models because their firing pins fell off during shooting. The current models were a replacement of the earlier model, but they continue to disappoint.
The new model of Glock Gen 4 pistols has other issues, including jamming and lock back issues. The union says the manufacturer denied the faults but then advised the officers to use the Dremel tool to modify them, thus voiding the warranty because of user modification of the weapons.
The union says the department decided to switch to Smith & Wesson M&P 45, which had magazine spring problems, but the company fixed the fault free of charge. The union lamented that the police department switched back to Glock, despite earlier disappointments and poor customer service.
The union says its members deserve an accurate weapon regardless of the brand, and that the defective weapons should not be allowed to operate.
"My members have guns with sights cocked to the side and are being told to aim to the right of what they want to hit, this is completely unsafe and unacceptable and should've never been allowed to happen."
The union leader says the inaccuracy adds extra tensions during dangerous encounters and puts the lives of both the officers and the civilians in danger.
"Shooting in these circumstances is instinctual, it needs to be point and shoot, we can't be worrying about trying to aim to the right or any other bullshit "fixes" to compensate for defective equipment."
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