Thursday, July 30, 1998

In the Line of Fire

The Smith & Wesson 5906:

HPD’s main weapon

Bullet The firearm issued to each HPD officer is the Smith & Wesson Model 5906 semiautomatic pistol. Several years ago, the HPD followed a nationwide trend, switching from revolvers to semiautomatic pistols. This weapon is prized for its accuracy, dependability, stopping power, water resistancy and most of all, firepower. The standard revolver holds six cartridges, or rounds. Many semiautomatics hold up to twice as many or more.

The standard ammuntion carried by the Honolulu Police Department is the 9mm Luger. It comes out of the barrel at over 1,100 feet per second, and is considered to have excellent stopping power.

The weapon is a double-action, semiautomatic pistol. This means the weapon can be fired without having to cock the hammer back or work the slide. This first shot has a trigger pull of 14 to 16 pounds, but each successive round requires a trigger pressure of only 4 to 6 pounds. Practically speaking, once the officer fires the first shot, every shot after that is much easier to squeeze off, a feature of most double-action pistols.

The weapon features a 15-round clip plus a round in the chamber for a total of 16 rounds.

Photo courtesy of HPD
The AK-47 assault rifle is one of the many types of
weapons facing police officers across the country. This was
the one used by John Sinapati. Note the crime scene
markings around the gun and the shell casings.

Sources: HPD, Smith & Wesson, Guns Illustrated, news reports
Pistol and cartridge shown slightly smaller than actual size


Reporting By Jaymes K. Song
Graphics By David Swann

Information taken from police and news reports.
Drawings are a Star-Bulletin artist's conception based on those reports.
Distances and relative locations are approximate.

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