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At its April 1 meeting, the City Council awarded a contract to Riley’s Sport Shop of Rochester, N.H., to supply 57 Glock 22 and three Glock 27 pistols for $20,540. Both versions of the handgun are .40-caliber Gen 4 models, equipped with three 15-round magazines — 11 rounds for the Glock 27 — and night sights.

According to City Manager Jim Gailey, South Portland generally replaces the firearms every decade “or sooner if they show signs of wear.” The recent failure of an existing Glock during a qualification test made it clear the time had come for a complete turnover, he said.

The city solicited nine vendors and received two bids, with Riley’s capturing the award by a $15. None of the money for the new firearms will come from taxation. Instead, funds will be taken equally from the police station equipment reserve fund, federal asset forfeitures – money the courts have awarded to the department from various cases – and the sale of weapons.

Source: Duke Harrington for Current

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