It’s easier to beat up the manufacturer than face the reality you are arming thousands of police officers that aren’t competently trained.
The NYPD has instructed cops to stop carrying an off-duty gun that has a trigger so light it’s been blamed for a series of accidental discharges, the Daily News has learned.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the Kahr K-9 semi-automatic pistol has led to more than a dozen such shootings — none resulting in a fatality. The shootings have occurred over the last few years, a source said.
The NYPD last Monday ordered that the revocation order be read aloud to cops at each precinct for 10 consecutive roll calls.
Kahr Arms has done business with the NYPD since 1997, and more than 5,000 Kahrs have been sold to city cops, said Frank Harris, a spokesman for the gun firm.
Harris denied that the pistol discharges when it is dropped and blamed any accidental shootings on user error.
Kahr spokesman Harris is entirely correct. Any accidental shootings are the result of the NYPD’s poor training and lack of respect for firearms. Most police forces in the United States and civilian gun carriers using semi-automatic pistols have weapons with a trigger pull between 5.5lbs and 8lbs. There are some lower, and some higher, but that is the common range. The NYPD is virtually alone with their “idiot trigger” that requires 12-lbs trigger on their standard issue Glocks, double what every other Glock-carrying citizen or police officer carries in the rest of the same world.
The NYPD is dropping Kahr because the trigger mechanism cannot be corrupted to an even more insane 13-lbs trigger pull that the pencil-pushers in the NYPD brass demanded.
It is very simple. Kahr makes a quality, precision weapon. Negligent discharges with the weapon are to blame on poor training, and officers that don’t have to basic good common sense to keep their weapons clean and their fingers off the trigger.
Ignorance and arrogance are the problem here, not the pistol. It’s time for the NYPD to get a more honest assessment of what the problem is, and that is training, not making a fine weapon into a scapegoat.