There are some trends that will cross over from 2012 into 2013. One of the trends we’ve noticed here at PSTA is the increase in firearms sales to protective services officers. Many PSOs are purchasing firearms for themselves so that they can improve their marksmanship and handling of weapons. One of the most popular weapons systems is the Glock 17 generation four, which is a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol that holds 17 rounds in the magazine. This is the standard weapon issued to many PSO companies. It’s also a selected weapon for law enforcement agencies across the world.
Another weapon system is the Smith and Wesson M&P 9 mm. It’s also a select weapon for companies and law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and it has a high-capacity magazine as well. The course of fire that many PSOs are required to use for qualification is centered around these weapons systems. In the past, many PSOs carried 30-caliber revolvers, but most are moving toward semi-automatics instead, based on current need and PSOs’ duty responsibilities in many regions.