The North Carolina Highway Patrol has purchased 1,840 Smith & Wesson M&P357 polymer pistols chambered in .357 SIG. The new duty sidearm will replace non-Smith & Wesson pistols that were previously issued by the department. The M&P pistol’s reliability, ambidextrous operating controls and three interchangeable palm swell grip sizes were noted by officials within the agency as key reasons for the selection of the new duty sidearm. The North Carolina Highway Patrol added that the polymer pistol’s accuracy, reliability during testing and ability to disassemble the firearm without pressing the trigger were all primary factors in their decision-making process.
That part in bold is emphasis mine, because it’s rare that I laugh when I’m reading a press release. But that made me laugh out loud, because it’s a direct shot at the previous pistols issued to the NC HP, which were Glocks. Not that there’s anything wrong with Glocks per se, but I do like that you can take down an M&P or an XD without having to pull the trigger.