SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (June 16, 2009) — Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 157-year old firearms maker, announced today that the Raleigh, North Carolina Police Department has chosen to equip all of its officers with Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Series pistols and with M&P Series tactical rifles.  The M&P45 pistol and M&P15 tactical rifle will be issued respectively as the primary duty firearm and standard issue patrol rifle.

M&P45 Polymer Pistols
The Raleigh Police Department has purchased 911 Smith & Wesson M&P45 mid-size polymer pistols. The new duty sidearm, chambered in .45 ACP, will replace early-model Smith & Wesson pistols previously issued by the department. During the evaluation process for a new pistol, the M&P45 was noted for its advanced ergonomics, ambidextrous operating controls and flexibility to adapt to a wide variety of applications. In addition, the ability to customize the M&P pistol through the use of three interchangeable palm swell grip sizes was a preferred option during range drills and individual officer evaluation.

M&P15 Tactical Rifles
The Department has also placed an order for 60 M&P15 tactical rifles.  The semi-automatic rifles will be issued to select officers upon the completion of a certification course. While reviewing new options for patrol rifles, the Raleigh Police Department compared the M&P15 against other competitive rifles.  After the evaluation process, the M&P15 was acknowledged for its reliability and high-grade components as well as for the training and support services offered by Smith & Wesson. Raleigh PD plans to buy an additional 340 rifles at the beginning of their new fiscal year.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Raleigh Police Department and we are especially pleased that they have chosen the M&P Series for their new duty firearm requirements,” said Leland Nichols, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “We look forward to supporting these officers with firearms that have earned the respect of police agencies both in the United States and abroad.”

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