Why does the Illoinois State Police then use autoloaders?
I suspect the Illoinois State Police, like most other police agencies, have decided the additional ammunition capacity of the autoloaders over that of a wheel gun is the deciding factor. Police use is a far different issue than personal carry in my opinion.
My reply about preferring a revolver over an auto was directed at personal carry and my personal preferences. If I were still in police work, it's been a lot of years since I left that profession, I may well opt for an auto.
It was ask if anyone had "Any cool stories" about having to draw their personal carry weapon. I'm not thinking it's "cool" to be in that kind of situation by any means. With that said I'll tell you my wife, who was a nurse prior to retiring, was doing home visits when she was accosted and the display of her handgun sent the fellow running. He was later picked up by the Seattle Police and had outstanding warrants for assault.
Years ago, late 1950's, my Sister and her friend were walking from a theater to their appartment in Seattle. Both girls were in collage at the time. They were accosted by two men. My Sister pulled her little 22 Derringer and shot one in the stomach. He ended up in prision over the matter.
I've also known of several friends or friends of friends that have defused very bad situations simply by drawing their personal carry weapons. Since the laws have changed and it's required that a person must have a CCW the number of instances of this type have declined but the number of people I know that have been mugged or otherwise molested has increased.
I'm over 70 now and have, on two occasions, been in situations where I have drawn my revolver. This is something I do not do lightly. I'm of the opinion that if a firearm is drawn you better be ready to use it and have a valid reason for doing so. If you aren't sure then your going to just make a bad situation worse. The last time this happened to me was just two years ago. I was waiting for one of my sons at a closed tire store, it was well after dark. We had agreed it was a good spot for his friend to drop him off and I had arrived a bit early and had stepped out of the pickup. This was in the small town near where we live and it's unusual to see "street people" in the area. A young fellow approached and appeared to be someone traveling the road. He was carrying a staff about five feet long and sharpened on one end. He ask if I had any spare change. Told him I did not. His reaction was to swing the staff down and point the sharp end at me. He then ask "Are you sure you don't have any money"? I stepped back about three steps and pulled my revolver out and said "I'm very sure and I'm also a very good shot". He left and the local police were unable to locate him. That young man was just one step forward from getting shot. Glad he left.
At my age and in my physical condition I would have been at his mercy without being armed. I couldn't fight my way out of a wet paper bag anymore and need an equalizer.
Nothing fun about these kinds of situations and it's best to simply avoid being where they are likely ot occure. It's impossible to be absolutly safe at all times and, in my opinion, it's a good idea to be prepaired.