View Full Version : DEA gun of choice in 1994??

Los Pollos Hermanos
11-02-2014, 03:53 PM
Pretty please asking for a quick bit of editing assistance... :D

July 1994, Los Angeles.

It's only one relatively short scene, but I've got two DEA agents staking out a place they suspect is sending out drug mules. There's a chase and one brandishes his gun and threatens to shoot.

I have little interest in/knowledge of firearms, so apart from passing mentions they don't feature heavily in my story. However, the words "gun", "weapon" and "firearm" quickly get dull and, for any gun enthusiast who may one day read the story, the lack of specific detail could be an irritation.

So, is there a specific (or most likely) gun of choice for my agents from this era of Back In The Day?

Cheers in advance,


King Neptune
11-02-2014, 07:49 PM
scroll down to note #3

This is more recent.
DEA agents' primary service weapons are the Glock 22 and Glock 23 in .40 S&W caliber ammunition, and agents can also qualify to use the Glock 27 and SIG Pro in .40 S&W, and they also have the option of using the newly appointed Smith & Wesson M&P series pistol.


You might try emailing the DEA's public relations office.

Drachen Jager
11-02-2014, 09:26 PM
Sig Sauer P226 was their standard issue from 1992 to 1998. (the city doesn't matter as it's a federal agency)


Los Pollos Hermanos
11-02-2014, 11:57 PM
Big thanks to both of you - and that Fairfield Project is a belter of a link.

So, how would I refer to the Sig Sauer P226 in the narrative?* i.e. He brandished his ____ at the drug mule. (paraphrased!)

* A shortened version of the name??



11-03-2014, 12:04 AM
Most gun types just called them "Sigs" or the "Sig."

11-03-2014, 12:06 AM
I've got a P229, the compact version of the P226, and I call it my Sig.

Los Pollos Hermanos
11-03-2014, 12:09 AM
Sig it is! :D

11-05-2014, 01:54 AM
i.e. He brandished his ____ at the drug mule. (paraphrased!)
Brandishing is a specific legal term and one that no officer of the law would ever meet. Pulled, drew, aimed, held at low ready or any other number of terms, but never brandished.

"He drew his Sig and held it ready, in full view of the 'drug mule'..."