Chicago Police DepartmentUniform and Property U04-02-01
Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition
Issue Date:17 June 201421 July 2015Effective Date:17 June 201421 July 2015
Rescinds:1417 June 2012 Version2014
Index Category:Uniform and Personal Equipment
I.Purpose
This directive:
  • A.provides a listing of Department approved:
    • 1.semiautomatic pistols.
    • 2.ammunition for semiautomatic pistols.
  • B.describes Department policy relative to:
    • 1.Department-approved prescribed, alternate prescribed , alternate prescribed only, and auxiliary semiautomatic pistols.
    • 2.The Firearm Transition Process.
  • C.satisfies CALEA Law Enforcement Standard 1.
II.Policy
  • A.The semiautomatic pistols approved by the Department for on- and off-duty use by Department members are contingent on the following criteria:
    • 1.The member’s date of hire AND
    • 2.The date the semiautomatic pistol was registered with the City of Chicago.
  • B.Semiautomatic pistols will be:
    • 1.chambered in 9mm Luger (Parabellum), .40 caliber S&W, or .45 ACP caliber.
      EXCEPTION:
      Sworn members are only authorized to carry .380 caliber semiautomatic pistols consistent with the policy and procedures established in Department directive entitled, "Department Approved Auxiliary Subcompact Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition."
    • 2.equipped with an automatic firing pin safety blocking device.
    • 3.fully loaded with only one manufacturer and style of prescribed ammunition (same bullet type and grain weight).
    • 4.carried with a cartridge in the firing chamber and the pistol’s hammer will be completely decocked.
  • C.The only authorized prescribed firearm, alternate prescribed firearm, and auxiliary firearm acquired and registered by sworn members after 21 July 2015 for on-duty use will be a striker-fired semiautomatic pistol chambered in 9mm Luger (Parabellum).
    EXCEPTION:
    Sworn members are only authorized to carry .380 caliber semiautomatic pistols consistent with the policy and procedures established in Department directive entitled, "Department Approved Auxiliary Subcompact Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition."
  • D.A Department member authorized to use a striker-fired pistol will not alter the trigger pull from the standard factory trigger. Triggers of less than five pounds are prohibited.
  • E.Sworn members are not authorized to carry an approved semiautomatic pistol that has:
    • 1.a detachable trigger shoe or added trigger shoe.
    • 2.been altered beyond manufacturers’ original specifications including the surface finish. Only black, blue steel, nickel, chrome, satin, stainless steel, or a two-tone combination of manufacturers’ finish is allowed.
    • 3.a polymer frame with any finish other than black.
    • 4.a barrel length that has been altered from the original manufacturer’s specifications.
    • 5.the surface engraved, etched, or inlaid with other than a personal alpha/numeric identifier unless approved by the Department.
  • F.Semiautomatic pistols will be carried in Department-approved holsters.
    Department-approved holsters will not:
    • 1.be carried in garment pockets.
    • 2.be swivel or clam shell type.
    • 3.use a Velcro-type retaining device.
    NOTE:
    Members will access the directive entitled "Department Approved Auxiliary Subcompact Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition" for holster information specific to those firearms.
  • G.Firearm Transition Process
    Department members may transition their prescribed firearm to any approved prescribed firearm or alternate prescribed firearm chambered in 9mm Luger (Parabellum) listed in Item III of this directive after successfully completing a firearm transition process as determined by the Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, or their designee.
    NOTE:
    Department members who, prior to 21 July 2015, acquired and registered an approved prescribed or alternate prescribed firearm chambered in .40 caliber S&W or .45 ACP caliber, consistent with Item IV of this directive, may transition to that firearm.
  • H.A member approved to use a conventional firing system pistol may replace that pistol with another of the same manufacturer, model, and caliber if that pistol is lost, stolen, or damaged so beyond repair that the manufacturer recommends the pistol be replaced.
    NOTE:
    Department members hired before 01 December 1991 who elect to carry an approved conventional firing system (CFS) semiautomatic pistol, whether on or off duty, may only do so if the weapon was registered by that Department member with the City of Chicago prior to 01 September 1992.
  • I.Compensated or ported semiautomatic handguns are not approved for use either on or off duty.
  • J.Sights may be fixed or adjustable.
  • K.Handgrips will be constructed of wood, rubber, or synthetic material and be brown or black in color or a combination thereof. They may be plain or checkered and, except for a manufacturer’s name or trademark, will be without ornamentation.
  • L.Magazine(s) will be secured in a Department-approved magazine pouch. The magazine(s) will conform to the manufacturer’s original specifications and will not extend beyond the base of the butt of the frame. A magazine with a finger extension floorplate that is a part of the original magazine is authorized.
  • M.Uniformed sworn members and citizen dress sworn members assigned to field duties will carry a minimum of one additional fully loaded magazine.
  • N.All uniformed and citizen dress sworn members assigned to field duty who carry a semiautomatic pistol will utilize a Department-approved firearm with a minimum barrel length of 3.5 inches.
  • O.Auxiliary Semiautomatic Pistols - Restrictions
    • 1.A sworn member assigned to administrative duty or who is off duty is approved to carry/use an auxiliary semiautomatic pistol, as appropriate, in lieu of the prescribed semiautomatic pistol or alternate prescribed semiautomatic pistol, with the following provisions:
      • a.The firearm is registered with the City of Chicago.
      • b.The sworn member has successfully completed a familiarization, testing, and qualification course or a transition course as outlined in this directive. In addition, the member will be required to annually requalify with the auxiliary firearm.
      • c.Auxiliary firearms will be carried in Department-approved holsters.
      NOTE:
      This does not include approved subcompact semiautomatic pistols.
    • 2.When assigned to uniform or citizen dress field duties, the auxiliary firearm will not be carried in lieu of the member’s prescribed or alternate prescribed duty firearm.
      NOTE:
      All Department members assigned or working administrative duties who elect to carry an approved auxiliary firearm will have their approved duty firearm available in the event that they are required to perform field duties.
III.Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols for Department Members Hired on or after 21 July 2015 or Registered with the City of Chicago after 21 July 2015
To be authorized for use, whether on or off duty, all prescribed, alternate prescribed, and auxiliary weapons initially registered with the City of Chicago after 21 July 2015, regardless of the registering member’s date of hire, must be the following:
EXCEPTION:
A member authorized to use a firearm other than those listed in Item III may replace that firearm with another of the same manufacturer, model, and caliber if that firearm is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair and the manufacturer recommends the firearm be replaced.
  • A.The semiautomatic pistols approved by the Department for on- and off-duty use by Department members are contingent on the following criteria:
    • MA.Semiautomatic pistols will be carriedGlock in Department-approved holsters.9mm
      Department-approved holsters will not:
      • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
        • a.Model 17
        • b.Model 19
      • 2.be swivel or clam shell type.Auxiliary Pistol
        • a.Model 26
        • b.Model 43
      • 3.use a Velcro-type retaining device.
      NOTE:
      Members will access Glock compensator pistols, known as “C” models, are not authorized for duty use. “C” models are denoted by the directive entitled "Auxiliary Subcompact Semiautomatic Pistols and Ammunition" for holster information specific to those firearms.letter “C” after the model number, e.g., Model 17C.
    • B.Firearm Transition Process
      Department members may transition their prescribed firearm to any approved prescribed firearm or alternate prescribed firearm listed in Item III of this directive after successfully completing a firearm transition process as determined by the Deputy Chief, Education and Training Division, or their designee.
    • DB.Semiautomatic pistols will be:Springfield Armory in 9mm
      NOTE:
      Optional thumb safeties are prohibited on all Springfield Armory models.
      • 1.chambered in 9mm Luger (Parabellum), .40 caliber S&W, or .45 ACP caliber.
      • 41.carried with a cartridge in the firing chamberPrescribed and the pistol’s hammer will be completely decocked.Alternate Prescribed Pistols
        • a.XD Service Model 4 inch SFS
        • b.XD Tactical Model 5 inch SFS
        • c.XDM SFS
      • 2.equipped with an automatic firing pin safety blocking device.Auxiliary Pistol
        XD Subcompact 3 inch SFS
      • 3.fully loaded with only one manufacturer and style of prescribed ammunition (same bullet type and grain weight).
    • C.Semiautomatic pistols acquired by sworn members for duty use after 31 December 2009 will only be striker-fired.
    • EC.A member approved to use a conventional firing system pistol may replace that pistol with another of the same manufacturer, model, and caliber if that pistol is lost, stolen, or damaged so beyond repair that the manufacturer recommends the pistol be replaced.Smith & Wesson in 9mm M&P series
      NOTE:
      Department members hired before 01 December 1991 who elect to carry an approved conventional firing system (CFS) semiautomatic pistol, whether Optional thumb safeties are prohibited on or off duty, may only do so if the weapon was registered by that Department member with the City of Chicago prior to 01 September 1992.all Smith & Wesson M&P models.
      • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
        Model M&P9C, if used as a prescribed or alternate prescribed pistol, must be carried with a magazine equipped with an extended base plate.
      • 2.Auxiliary Pistols
        • a.Model M&P9C (without extended base plate)
        • b.Model M&P9 Shield
      NOTE:
      "Pro" models are not approved for prescribed, alternate prescribed, or auxiliary use.
    • F.Compensated or ported semiautomatic handguns are not approved for use either on or off duty.
    • G.A Department member approved to use a striker-fired pistol will not alter the trigger pull from the standard factory trigger. Triggers of less than five pounds are prohibited.
    • H.Sights may be fixed or adjustable.
    • I.Handgrips will be constructed of wood, rubber, or synthetic material and be brown or black in color or a combination thereof. They may be plain or checkered and, except for a manufacturer’s name or trademark, will be without ornamentation.
    • J.Magazine(s) will be secured in a Department-approved magazine pouch. The magazine(s) will conform to the manufacturer’s original specifications and will not extend beyond the base of the butt of the frame. A magazine with a finger extension floorplate that is a part of the original magazine is authorized.
    • K.Uniformed sworn members and citizen dress sworn members assigned to field duties will carry a minimum of one additional fully loaded magazine.
    • L.No sworn member will carry an approved semiautomatic pistol that has:
      • N.All uniformed and citizen dress sworn members assigned to field duty who carry a semiautomatic pistol will utilize a Department-approved firearm with a minimum barrel length of 3.5 inches.
      • O.Auxiliary Semiautomatic Pistols - Restrictions
        IIIIV.Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols for Department Members Hired on or after 19 May 2008 or Registered with the City of Chicago after 31 December 2009
        To be authorized for use, whether on or off duty, all prescribed, alternate prescribed, and auxiliary weapons initially registered with the City of Chicago after 31 December 2009, regardless of the registering member’s date of hire, must be the following:
        EXCEPTION:
        A member authorized to use a firearm other than those listed in Item III may replace that firearm with another of the same manufacturer, model, and caliber if that firearm is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair and the manufacturer recommends the firearm be replaced.
        • A.Glock in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP
          • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
            • a.Model 17
            • b.Model 19
            • c.Model 21
            • d.Model 22
            • e.Model 23
            • f.Model 30
            • g.Model 36
          • 2.Alternate Prescribed Pistol Only
            Model 41
          • 3.Auxiliary Pistols
            • a.Model 26
            • b.Model 27
          NOTE:
          Glock compensator pistols, known as “C” models, are not authorized for duty use. “C” models are denoted by the letter “C” after the model number, e.g., Model 17C.
        • B.Springfield Armory in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP
          NOTE:
          Optional thumb safeties are prohibited on all Springfield Armory models.
          • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
            • a.XD Compact SFS
            • b.XD Service Model 4 inch SFS
            • c.XD Tactical Model 5 inch SFS
            • d.XDM SFS
          • 2.Auxiliary Pistol
            XD Subcompact 3 inch SFS
        • C.Smith & Wesson in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45 ACP
          • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
            Model M&P Series SFS without the manual thumb safety
            NOTE:
            Models M&P9C and M&P40C, if used as a prescribed or alternate prescribed pistol, must be carried with a magazine equipped with an extended base plate.
          • 2.Auxiliary Pistols
            • a.Model M&P9C (without extended base plate)
            • b.Model M&P40C (without extended base plate)
          NOTE:
          "Pro" and "Shield" models are not approved for prescribed, alternate prescribed, or auxiliary use.
        IVV.Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols for Department Members Hired after 01 December 1991 but prior to 19 May 2008
        • A.Beretta in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP
          • 1.92D Series DAO
          • 2.8000 Series DAO
          • 3.PX4 Storm Series DAO
          • 4.90-TWO DAO
        • B.Ruger in 9mm and .45ACP
          • 1.P-89 Series DAO
          • 2.P-93 Series DAO
          • 3.P-95 Series DAO
          • 4.P-97 Series DAO
        • C.Sig-Arms in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP
          • 1.P220 Series DAO
          • 2.P225* Series DAO
          • 3.P226* Series DAO
          • 4.P228* Series DAO
          • 5.P229 Series DAO
          • 6.P239 Series DAO
          • 7.P245 Series DAO
          • 8.Sig Pro DAO
          NOTE:
          * Only those Sig-Arms pistols that have the breach block modified to what Sig Arms, Inc., refers to as the “Chicago Block.”
        • D.Smith & Wesson in 9mm and .45 ACP
          • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
            • a.All third-generation DAO pistols
              NOTE:
              The Smith & Wesson Company normally denotes a third-generation pistol with a four-digit model number.
          • 2.Auxiliary Pistols
            • a.CS9D DAO pistols
            • b.CS45D DAO pistols
        • E.Any semiautomatic pistol listed in Item III.
        VVI.Department Approved Semiautomatic Pistols for Department Members hired on or before 01 December 1991
        • A.Beretta in 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP
          • 1.92 F Series CFS**
          • 2.92 G Series CFS**
        • B.Ruger in 9mm and .45ACP
          • 1.P-85 Series CFS**
          • 2.P-89 Series CFS**
        • C.Smith & Wesson in 9mm and .45 ACP
          • 1.Prescribed and Alternate Prescribed Pistols
            • a.All second-generation CFS pistols**
            • b.All third-generation CFS pistols**
              NOTE:
              The Smith & Wesson Company normally denotes a second-generation pistol with a three-digit model number and a third-generation pistol with a four-digit model number.
          NOTE:
          **Department members hired before 01 December 1991 who elect to carry an approved conventional firing system (CFS) semiautomatic pistol, whether on or off duty, may only do so if the weapon was initially registered by that Department member with the City of Chicago prior to 1 September 1992.
        • D.Any semiautomatic pistol listed in Item III.
        • E.Any semiautomatic pistol listed in Item IV.
        • F.Department members hired before 01 December 1991 will be allowed to transition their prescribed revolver to an approved conventional firing system (CFS) semiautomatic firearm only if the weapon was registered by that Department member with the City of Chicago prior to 01 September 1992.
        VIVII.Approved Ammunition for Semiautomatic Pistols
        • A.The below listed cartridges are authorized for use in semiautomatic pistols:
          • 1..45 Caliber ACP., 185 through 230 grain jacketed hollow point bullet, standard and +P.
          • 2..40 Caliber S&W, 155 through 180 grain jacketed hollow point bullet, standard and +P.
          • 3.9mm Luger (parabellum) Caliber, 115 through 147 grain jacketed hollow point bullet, standard, +P, and +P+.
        • B.Reloaded or altered ammunition is prohibited unless authorized in writing by the appropriate bureau chief.
        (Items indicated by italics/double underline were revised or added.)
        Garry F. McCarthy
        Superintendent of Police
        1415-074 CMF066 PJE
        GLOSSARY TERMS:
        1. -
        A required firearm which must be used/carried by a sworn officer
        2. -
        A firearm which may be used/carried by a sworn officer in lieu of a prescribed firearm.
        3. -
        A firearm which may be used/carried by a sworn officer in lieu of a prescribed firearm that can only qualify as an alternate prescribed firearm.
        4. -
        A firearm which may be used or carried by a sworn officer in addition to a prescribed or alternate prescribed firearm.