Smith & Wesson continues to gain more and more ground in the law enforcement market. The most recent department to go to the M&P is the Providence, RI Police Department.
Providence PD took delivery of 510 S&W M&P40 pistols after trading in their recently purchased Beretta PX4 Storm pistols. Cited in the December 20, 2010 Board of Contract and Supply Agenda, the Providence PD was trading the Beretta pistols in “…due to experienced failures…”
The agenda indicated there would be no cost to the PD for the new pistols, suggesting that S&W offered the department a one for one swap.
The Beretta pistols were only about three years old. I am curious to hear what kind of failures the department experienced with the PX4. If anyone knows, please share in the comments or drop me a line.
Richard is a police officer with a medium sized, central Florida department, and previously worked for a Metro-Atlanta agency. He has served as a field training officer, court officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, watch commander, commander of a field training and evaluation program, and general pain in the butt to management-types looking to cut training hours.