The Maryland Natural Resources Police have converted to the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol in .40 S&W. The whole press release is at the link, but I did actually laugh out loud at a press release, which is pretty rare. Here’s the line that brought the lulz:
The Smith & Wesson M&P40, chambered in .40 S&W, will be issued to each officer of the Maryland NRP to replace currently issued non-Smith & Wesson firearms supplied by a European-based manufacturer. (emphasis mine)
The italicized section is PR speak for “Glock”. For some reason, it just cracks me up.
However, this does bring up something that I’ve noticed, which is that S&W has been chipping away at Glock’s marketshare as “the” pistol for street level law enforcement. I personally think that the M&P is a better pistol for cops than the Glock, primarily because of the M&P’s low bore axis and interchangeable grips. That’s a personal opinion though, and I will freely admit I haven’t fired nearly as many rounds through M&P’s as I have through Glocks, but the little plastic gun from Smith just feels good in the hand.