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Smith & Wesson Secures Contracts for M&P Pistols

September 22, 2006  | 

Smith & Wesson Corp. has secured contracts to supply the Columbus (Ohio) Police Department and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Police (DFW) with the company’s advanced-design polymer pistol, the M&P40. The agreements call for 1,875 M&P40 pistols to be shipped to the Columbus Police Department and 305 M&P40 pistols to be shipped for use by DFW Airport police officers.

After an extensive evaluation process, both departments indicated that the M&P40 incorporates key features that supply accuracy, durability, and flexibility for use in duty.

During performance testing completed by the Columbus Police Department, more than 60,000 rounds were fired through six M&P40 pistols, with no malfunctions recorded. In conjunction with the testing, an additional rapid-fire test was conducted and 2,500 rounds were fired through one pistol in 40 minutes. Officials at both the Columbus Police Department and the DFW Airport Police indicated that the M&P40 performed flawlessly through each test.

Sgt. Dana Winship, Columbus Division of Police, says, “Trying to find a pistol to match the range of hand sizes of the 1,800 officers at the Columbus Police Department, along with ensuring accuracy, durability, and the stopping power needed for police work, was a daunting effort. After an extensive evaluation of the various makes of pistols available, the M&P40 proved to be superior in all aspects.”

For more information visit www.smith-wesson.com.

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