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Mass. and Vermont Troopers Get Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols

December 16, 2011  | 

Smith & Wesson will supply M&P pistols to the Massachusetts State Police and Vermont State Police under new contracts with the agencies, according to the company.

Massachusetts troopers will receive the M&P45 pistol, while Vermont troopers will get the M&P40 pistol. Troopers are currently using M&P pistols in the field.

As the nation's oldest state police agency, the Massachusetts State Police employs more than 2,300 troopers and 400 civilian personnel. To agency has ordered 2,500 M&P pistols chambered in .45ACP.

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 will also provide armorer's training. The agency previously adopted the M&P15 tactical rifle as its state-issued patrol rifle.

"We are extremely pleased with the decision by the Massachusetts State Police and the Vermont State Police to transition to the M&P pistol," said Mario Pasantes, Smith & Wesson's senior vice president of marketing and global professional sales. "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."

The Vermont State Police has ordered 390 M&P40 pistols. Smith & Wesson will also provide armorer's training and advanced firearms training courses.

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