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West Virginia, Wyoming and Texas Agencies Adopt New Smith & Wesson Pistols

Also, earlier this year the West Virginia State Police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol recently chose to upgrade their current department-issued side arms with new pistols from Smith & Wesson. The West Virginia State Police selected the Smith & Wesson Model 4566 TSW pistol and has received 750 pistols chambered in .45 ACP. The Wyoming Highway Patrol selected the Smith & Wesson M&P40 pistol and is currently in the process of transitioning its officers over to the new duty firearm.

In addition, the Austin Police Department and the San Antonio Police Officers Association awarded firearm contracts to Smith & Wesson. Both organizations converted to firearms from the Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Series.

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. With the deployment of the new pistol, Department officers are currently using Smith & Wesson products for both their pistol and their patrol rifle duty firearms.

The West Virginia State Police said this about the new firearms purchase: “Smith & Wesson’s Law Enforcement support team has been exceptional in the understanding and insight provided for the selection of these weapons for the West Virginia State Troopers. The West Virginia State Police expects to maintain this professional relationship with Smith & Wesson to ensure that its troopers are adequately equipped to help ensure the safety of the public and the law enforcement officers themselves.”

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.

James Debney, President of Firearms for Smith & Wesson, said, “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the men and women of the West Virginia State Police and we are pleased to begin a new relationship with the officers at the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Our M&P40 and 4566 TSW pistols, along with our M&P15 tactical rifles, were engineered to meet the exact specifications of each department and all three models adhere to the strict qualifications we place on every Smith & Wesson firearm in terms of quality, durability and accuracy.”

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. In addition, the M&P40 pistols have been equipped with night sights and three magazines as requested by the department.

“This decision by the Austin Police Department marks the first time in 20 years that the agency has chosen to issue a standard firearm to its officers,” said Mario Pasantes, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “Prior to this, officers within the department were able to select from an approved-for-carry list of firearms that included a variety of choices from multiple manufacturers. We view the department’s selection of our M&P40 as an endorsement of the winning attributes of the pistol.”

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. The M&P15A rifles were made available with added features such as engraving, individual officer badge numbers, and other individual officer identification marks.

“Our law enforcement support services are structured so departments can hand-pick those elements that directly meet the needs and qualifications of their particular agency. As a result, within the San Antonio Police Officers Association, officers were able to customize the M&P15A rifles to meet their personal preferences, while still conforming to the list of standard specifications required by the agency,” Pasantes said.

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, Nov/Dec 2011

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