The Albuquerque police department has switch to the Smith & Wesson M&P polymer pistol, replacing the Glock 17 and 19 as their standard issue handgun. The M&P 9mm that they’ve switched to is the standard model, with the 4.25 inch barrel and the interchangeable backstrap, which allows the grip size to be customized for shooters with the smallest of hands.
“For me that was proof in the pudding this was a much better weapons platform,” Castro said. “It’s much more adaptable to the diversity of shooters we have here at APD.”
I have been seeing more and more stories about agencies selecting M&P pistols lately. S&W’s LE sales team is pretty clearly on the ball with getting their pistols deployed to agencies across the country. Last week it was North Carolina Highway Patrol getting M&P pistols in .357 Sig, and now APD has tossed their old Glocks in favor of the S&W design.