Federal Highway Police - Armament


  • .40 caliber S&W Taurus PT 100 AF pistol
  • CT .40 carbine
  • 12 caliber semiautomatic shotgun
  • Para-Fal 7,62mm rifle
  • Colt M16A-2 5,56mm rifle

The Federal Highway Police was a pioneer among Brazilian law enforcement agencies in the use of .40 caliber S&W.

This important step in the permission of a caliber with excellent stopping power came about due to the large amount of PRF officers participating in marksmanship for sport, where the caliber was already used among the most experienced shooters.

The PRF presented sufficient argument to the Brazilian Army for that caliber to be allowed for PRF use. Formerly using .380 ACP and 38 for revolvers, the Brazilian Army did not offer any resistance to the improvement of the service conditions of that law enforcement class, as 38 caliber and .380 ACP presented a small stopping power compared to .40 caliber S&W.

As the amount of police personnel on federal highways is small, when PRF officers are involved in armed confrontations they will typically require a caliber that would really make a difference in the confrontation.

What could be considered a privilege, at the time, for federal highway police officers, the only police officers authorized to use .40 caliber S&W, eventually was extended slowly and gradually to other military and civilian police agencies all over the country.

The 38 caliber, lacking in stopping power, was retired by the Federal Highway Police and the .40 S&W arrived on the scene, with a stopping power of 92. This means that for every 100 people hit by this caliber, 92 will become unable to continue fighting with only one shot of the firearm.

Read more about this topic:  Federal Highway Police

Other articles related to "armament":

Military History Of Cyprus - Military Equipment Inventory
... Land Component Main Battle Tanks With 125mm Armament T-80U 82 Active With 105mm Armament AMX-30B2 52 Active With 105mm Armament AMX-30 50 Spare Armoured Fighting Vehicles With ...
List Of Current Ships Of The Islamic Republic Of Iran Navy - Patrol: Inshore - PBF
... shafts, 3-bladed propellers Max Speed 40 kn Crew 17 Armament x1 BM-21 MLRS (11NM surface), x2 (1 twin) ZU-23 23 mm gun (2NM AA/surface) Iranian built, developed ...
Stalingrad Class Battlecruiser - Design - Armament
... The 130-mm 58-caliber guns were also a new design ... They were to be fitted in a new twin-gun BL-109A dual-purpose mount ...
Tennessee Class Cruiser - Post-WWI Role and Potential Rearmament
... pressed for the restoration of full armament for these ships ... First, restoring full armament to ships of their then-current age was not justifiable ... Second, since they would serve in peacetime, their current armament would suffice ...
Casemate De Rountzenheim Nord - Armament
... In the shooting room, are two twinnings of machine-guns of 7,5 mm, one of them can be replaced in the event of need by an anti-tank gun of 37 mm ... A mortar of 50 mm can be adapted on the cloche GFM. ...