Two More Law Enforcement Agencies Select Smith & Wesson’s M&P Handgun


By Brian McCombie

Smith & Wesson Corporation recently 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 adopted the M&P40 pistol. Both of the statewide law enforcement agencies have initiated the transition process and their Troopers are currently using the M&P pistol in the field.

The Massachusetts State Police ordered 2,500 M&P pistols chambered in .45ACP. During the agency's independent testing and evaluation process, the M&P45 was selected due to its ergonomic design, accuracy, reliability, and the pistol's ability to be customized to meet individual preferences. Smith & Wesson will support the firearm contract with a full range of services including armorer's training.

The Massachusetts State Police previously adopted the M&P15 tactical rifle as the State issued patrol rifle.

“Today, over 800 law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved for duty use our M&P products,” said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Global Professional Sales. “We are especially honored to serve the Massachusetts State Police, our home state force.”

Additionally, 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.

Source: PRNewswire 12/12/11:

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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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