Austin, TX Police Dept. to convert to Smith and Wesson M&P .40 duty weapon (video).

Officers with the Austin Police Department currently carry dozens of…

Officers with the Austin Police Department currently carry dozens of different guns they’ve had buy themselves. The department will soon change both practices.

Two years ago, Austin police put a taskforce together to find a gun that would best fit the needs of the more than 1,600 officers on the force. They chose the Smith and Wesson M&P .40 caliber pistol.

The department plans to use $800,000 of federal grant money to purchase the weapons.

Right now, officers choose from a list of 57 approved guns from 14 different manufacturers. They cost anywhere from $300 to $800 dollars.

Big cities police departments, such as Houston, follow the same guidelines, as does local agencies like the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Pflugerville Police Department.

This will be the first time in 15 years that officers won’t have to pay. The conversion also involves officer safety.

“What officers are facing on the street on a daily basis is changing,” said Commander Brian Manley of the Austin Police Department. “We’re having gunmen get involved in active shooter situations in buildings occupied by large amounts of individuals and our responses have to change.”

One gun means officers can easily exchange bullets if an officer were to run out or a magazine were to malfunction.

Source: Noelle Newton for KVUE News.

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  • Don

    OMG…Glock M&P 40. And he is in charge of getting weapons for his Dept? I hope he just Misspoke.

  • Shin

    Dear God he did say that !

  • Kyle

    did i hear him say glock m&p .40 when the professional firearm instructor was talking?