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Smith & Wesson Continues to Convert

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp. has received contracts from the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police for new duty firearms from the M&P Pistol Series.

The Massachusetts State Police has selected the M&P45 pistol, while the Vermont State Police has adopted the M&P40 pistol as its new service firearm. Both of the statewide law enforcement agencies have initiated the transition process and Troopers are currently using the M&P pistol in the field.

This marks the sixth contract in as many months for the U.S.-based leader in firearm design and manufacturing.

Massachusetts State Police

As the nation’s oldest statewide police agency, the Massachusetts State Police has a rich history of service to its citizens and support of national events. Employing over 2,300 Troopers and 400 civilian support staff, the agency is responsible for criminal law enforcement and traffic vehicle regulations across the state. To better assist its Troopers with these responsibilities, the Massachusetts State Police has ordered 2,500 M&P pistols chambered in .45ACP. In addition to the M&P45 pistols, the Massachusetts State Police previously adopted the M&P15 tactical rifle from Smith & Wesson that currently serves as the State issued patrol rifle. “We take pride in supplying law enforcement professionals with highly advanced, duty proven equipment, and we believe the M&P Series lives up to that standard. Selected for numerous awards and trusted by both officers and civilians, the popularity of the M&P pistol has been enduring,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales.

“Today, over 800 law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved for duty use our M&P products,” he said.

Vermont State Police

Through its contract with Smith & Wesson, the Vermont State Police has ordered 390 M&P40 pistols. During its open evaluation process, the M&P40 pistol received high marks by the Vermont troopers for its low perceived recoil, reliability during testing, and consistent performance. The new side arms are being supported with a full range of services from Smith & Wesson, including armorer’s training and advanced firearms training courses.

West Virginia State Police

After evaluating competitive firearms, officials within the West Virginia State Police Department chose to continue using the Smith & Wesson 3rd Generation Model 4566 TSW metal frame pistols. The new firearms ordered by the department feature two new enhancements over the previously issued side arms. As requested by the department, the new pistols feature a Picatinny-style equipment rail for optional accessories and a Melonite finish for increased durability.

Wyoming Highway Patrol

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has received 237 M&P40 pistols that replace currently issued firearms supplied by a European manufacturer. Officials at the Wyoming Highway Patrol indicated that they selected the .40 S&W polymer-frame pistol because of its enhanced ergonomics, accuracy and the ability to customize the firearms to each individual officer’s preference.

Austin Police Department

After making the decision to switch over to a standardized departmental side arm, the Austin Police Department selected the Smith & Wesson M&P40 polymer pistol as the new standard agency side arm. As part of the full department conversion, Austin PD ordered 1,775 M&P pistols chambered in .40 S&W. The new side arms are manufactured with standard features, which include three interchangeable grips sizes, ambidextrous controls, and the ability to disassemble the firearm without pulling the trigger.

San Antonio Police Officers Association

The San Antonio Police Officers Association ordered 550 Smith & Wesson M&P15A patrol rifles for individual officer purchase. The Smith & Wesson M&P15A was custom ordered by the private organization and the rifles are approved for on-duty use. The San Antonio Police Officers Association selected the design specifications of the new patrol rifle and allowed officers the ability to customize their individual firearms by working with Smith & Wesson’s specialized services and capabilities.

Introduced in 2006, the Smith & Wesson M&P Rifle Series has become a premier patrol rifle for professionals throughout the United States. With over 16 different configurations available, the M&P Rifle Series has been selected for service or as an approved-carry firearm by over 425 law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Published in Tactical Response, Jan/Feb 2012

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