Limited Edition of Dan Wesson Pistols for the Kansas City Police
On December 7, 2018, our colleagues from the CZ-USA Sales Department for the Law Enforcement Program personally presented twelve Dan Wesson pistols to the Kansas City Chief of Police Terry Zeigler.
The making of this gun is closely connected with the service of two members of this police department. In 2013, two police officers – Detective Brad Lancaster and Captain Dave Melton – were killed in the line of duty within two months of each other, while responding to calls. Both Lancaster and Melton were members of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department Honor Guard Unit and both were American military veterans. While serving in the Honor Guard, Detective Lancaster had recommended members of the unit be equipped with Dan Wesson 1911 pistols, he also put forward his idea for the possible design. In 2018, the Kansas City Chief of Police allowed work to begin on the creation of a new pistol for the Honour Guard. One of the proposals was that of Detective Chris O'Neill who submitted a design based on Detective Brad Lancaster’s original design.
When finalizing the design, Detective O'Neill worked closely with Andrew Eager from CZ-USA who then collaborated with the Dan Wesson company to create twelve pistols. After the pistols were made, Andrew then worked with a local engraver on the final touches. All twelve pistols are engraved with the KCKPD badge and bear the badge numbers of Detective Lancaster and Captain Melton as well as the KCKPD HONOR GUARD symbol. These pistols are a wonderful tribute to the fallen officers’ service and they are also a culmination of a joint effort and hard work of members of the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department and the teams from CZ-USA and Dan Wesson. Each pistol has its own serial number and officers who leave the KCKPD Honor Guard will have the opportunity to purchase their pistol. When a new officer joins the Honor Guard, they will be issued a new pistol with its own serial number.