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United States Secret Service Handguns, Submachine Guns & Assault Rifles Weapons & Equipment List

The United States Secret Service (USSS) is an American law enforcement agency that originally reported to the U.S Department of Treasury until it changed directorship in 2003 to become a division of the U.S Department of Homeland Security. The agency is responsible for two main areas including financial crimes such as fraud, prevention and investigation of counterfeit U.S. currency and securities and the protection of current and former national leaders and their families. The agency officially came into effect in 1865 as a small field office. The law enforcement agency of today has almost 7,000 employees worldwide, and boasts a variety of different weapons and equipment that has been carried by its agents through the years.

History of Handguns Carried by the United States Secret Service

Some of the previous firearms carried by agents were procured privately and as a result there was little standardization between the weapons used during that time. During the 1930’s, colt M1911A1 .45ACP caliber pistols were carried followed by the Smith & Wesson Model 36 and Colt Detective Special .38-special revolvers in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, agents were authorized to carry the .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 19 Revolver. From 1981 through 1991, the Secret Service issued the Smith & Wesson Model 19 Revolver along with the Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 Magnum Revolver to agents which featured between 2.5 inch barrels up to 4-inch barrels and utilized both standard and hollow-point rounds. By 1992, the standard weapon issued was the SIG Sauer P228 9mm pistol which stayed in service through the late 1990’s.

United States Secret Service Submachine Guns & Assault Rifles

During the 1970’s, the Secret Service replaced the Thompson submachine gun with the Uzi. The Uzi’s used by Secret Service agents had shorter-than-normal barrels that could fit inside the Samsonite briefcases that were used by agents to carry and conceal them. The Uzi was replaced with the H&K MP5in the mid 1990’s. Counter-assault teams used the M4 carbine from the early 1990’s through 2006 when they were replaced with the SR-16 carbine which carries more fire power.

Weapons & Equipment Currently Used by the United States Secret Service

United States Secret Service agents and officers are trained on standard shoulder weapons including the FN P90 submachine gun, the 9mm Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun, and the 12-gauge Remington 870 shotgun. While many other U.S. agencies have stopped the use of submachine guns and subsequently replaced them with assault rifles, to date, the Secret Service has no such plans to do so. Other equipment, specifically non-lethal equipment options used by Special Agents and uniformed division Officers includes the ASP baton and pepper spray. Uniform Division technicians that work with the Counter Sniper (CS) Team use weapons that are custom built including the .300 Winchester Magnum-chambered bolt-action rifle. The rifles are composed of Remington 700 action in Accuracy International stocks with Schmidt & Bender optics. CS technicians also use the 7.62mm KAC SR-25/Mk11 Mod 0 semi-automatic sniper rifle with a Trijicon 5.5× ACOG optic. The Counter Assault Team (CAT) uses a 12 gauge Remington 870 MCS breaching shotgun while both the Counter Assault Team and Emergency Response Team (ERT) are issued the 5.56mm Knight’s Armament Company SR-16 CQB assault rifle. To date, the Secret Services division continues to maintain a completely independent acquisition process for all weapons used by the agency.

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