S&W has been contracted by the South Australian Police Force to provide its 4,000 officers with their M&P .40 pistols. From The Tactical Wire:
SAPOL conducted a field trial during 2008 in which 502 operational country and metropolitan police officers received training in the safe handling and use of the M&P pistol and carried the firearm in an operational environment. Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Burns, said, “Feedback from our officers was very positive and they welcome the introduction of the semi-automatic M&P40. The M&P40 has a number of enhanced features and is a good fit for policing purposes in South Australia. It will replace the Smith & Wesson .357 revolver which was previously standard issue.”
The M&P pistol is rapidly catching on across the world, and is beginning to give the Glock a run for it’s money as “the” polymer pistol. While Glock still enjoys the lion’s share of the market, thanks to the M&P from Smith & Wesson and other polymer entries from gun companies, Glock can’t just sit back and rest on their laurels. This is a good thing for gun owners, and a good thing for the market – more products and more competition is a good thing.