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Old 07-15-2010, 12:50 PM
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Default Agent Reid and his revolver in Criminal Minds.Why the switch?

Why did Reid switch to revolver in ''Criminal Minds'' in the fourth season? Yes the F.B.I. authorized the S&W Model 10 with 3" barrel and the round butt grip configuration in the mid seventies. And in the late eighties authorized the S&W Model 13 with 3" barrel and round butt grip, but Reid would have been a kid in the late eighties See: ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Dead Bang''.

I suppose it might be something of a nod to the old timers and perhaps a clever way to link the show to ''Silence of the Lambs'' , but I can't find any info about the switch either in a backstory or actual reality. As a revolver fan I like seeing a wheelgun getting so much exposure. Especially in the hands of a "cool" character instead of some old dinosaur, but I am curious as to the reason behind the switch.
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:53 PM
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Because S&W revolvers are awesome. Duh
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Old 07-15-2010, 03:46 PM
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Yes they are aren't they? I own seven of them and I love them. However in this instance I was really hoping for a more concrete answer. But thank you for providing the obvious response.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:38 PM
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I don't actually watch Criminal Minds, but that does raise a very good point. I'm always glad to see a working wheelgun (as opposed to some heavy magnum monstrosity) on TV, but I agree that it doesn't seem to make alot of sense.
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:41 AM
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Well, it does seem to fit his character.
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:13 PM
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Yes it does. In the first season there was an episode where Reid wasn't able to qualify with his Glock. So he is unable to carry it which causes him some distress. Without his service weapon he's just another brainy geek. Actually it's a pretty good story. Cops/Federal Agents really attach alot of weight to the tools of the trade. It's part of our identity. Right or wrong it's a fact.

Anyway during the course of an investigation everything goes South. In this case there is a hostage situation and Reid has to use Hotchner's (Thomas Gibson) back up revolver from Hotch's ankle holster. He center punches (between the eyes) the bad guy and gets his Glock back.

It's actually a pretty good story. As a result I'm surprised that they never bothered to explain the switch to a revolver. I'm not F.B.I., but I imagine an agent might be able to get a waiver to carry a different model/style of handgun if the reason was valid. Most bureaucratic organizations do make allowances for differences. Believe it or not. I know we're all a bunch of gun buffs here, but in my opinion they should have a backstory.

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