Rise in Accidental Gunshots by L.A. County Deputies

Top is the Beretta 92 9mm. Bottom is the full-size Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. Los Angeles County is transitioning from the Beretta, which has a traditional double-action-to-single-action operation, to a single medium-weight pull on the M&P.
Top is the Beretta 92 9mm. Bottom is the full-size Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm. Los Angeles County is transitioning from the Beretta, which has a traditional double-action-to-single-action operation, to a single medium-weight pull on the M&P.

Law Shield notes that the L.A. Times newspaper has reported that accidental gunshots by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have more than doubled in two years, and as the reason, the paper points to the agency’s move to the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol and away from the Beretta M92F.

From the story:

For two decades, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies carried the Beretta 92F, a heavy metal gun with a large grip.

People with small hands often have trouble flipping up the Beretta’s safety as they prepare to fire. The first shot requires 12 to 15 pounds of pressure on the trigger, forcing some to use two fingers and reducing shooting accuracy for many. Subsequent shots take about 4 pounds of pressure.

In 2012, there were 12 accidental discharges, none involving the M&P. In 2013, there were 18, eight of which were M&Ps. Of the 30 incidents in 2014, 22 involved M&Ps.

Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers attributed the increase to deputies still adjusting to the lack of a safety on the new gun.

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