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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has recently filled orders from three state agencies for duty firearms for its Military & Police (M&P) Pistol Series.  Smith & Wesson has filled an order from the Washington Department of Corrections for 500 M&P pistols chambered in 9mm. In addition, the company also recently shipped 555 M&P357 pistols to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Services, as well as 100 M&P45 pistols to the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations. Each of the three agencies converted to the M&P pistols from non-Smith & Wesson firearms.

Officials at the agencies indicated that the M&P pistol was selected for a variety of reasons, including its polymer frame construction, external safety, and striker fired design.  It was also noted that the polymer pistol’s interchangeable grip sizes, ease of maintenance and ability to disassemble the firearm without pressing the trigger were all factors in their decision-making process.  At all three agencies, the M&P pistol will serve as the primary duty sidearm.

“Since its introduction, pistols from the M&P Series have been selected for duty use in a variety of law enforcement, private security and military applications,” said Leland Nichols, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “The ability of the M&P to adapt to diverse environments is a direct result of the pistol’s design and capabilities. We regularly communicate with top military, law enforcement and tactical units throughout the world, assessing their needs and soliciting their input on product improvements and new designs.  We are especially pleased that these three recent wins represent adoption of the M&P by state level law enforcement agencies.  They reflect our ability to reach beyond the traditional municipal police departments into diverse areas of law enforcement and thereby extend our reach to a broader audience of end-users.   We remain dedicated to manufacturing products that are leaders in both quality and innovation, and we are honored to support the men and women in each of these state agencies as well as other law enforcement organizations.”

Engineered to become the handgun of choice for global law enforcement and military personnel, the M&P pistol design is based on input from numerous law enforcement and military organizations. Manufactured with a Zytel® polymer frame reinforced with a rigid stainless steel chassis and a through-hardened black Melonite® finished stainless steel barrel and slide for added durability, the M&P pistol benefits from enhanced shootability along with a reduction in felt recoil. Other standard features of the M&P pistol include three interchangeable grips sizes; a sear release lever that eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm; an ambidextrous slide stop; reversible magazine releases and a passive trigger safety to prevent the firearm from firing if dropped. The M&P9 has a 17+1 capacity, while the M&P45 is standard with a 10+1 capacity.  The M&P357 pistol features a 15+1 round capacity magazine.  Each M&P pistol comes standard with the Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy. The M&P pistol series is available in 9mm, .40S&W, .357SIG, and .45ACP calibers.  Compact versions of the M&P pistol are also available for concealed carry and back-up use.smithwesson.gif

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