There was a big article in todays paper about the Columbus police switching their duty weapons over to M&P's from old S&W .45 autos. The Dispatch tends to do pretty poorly with firearms stuff usually, but this article was fairly decent. Pretty cool of S&W (no matter what your view of them is) to do the whole department swap for $1!
I thought that paragraph was a bit odd, I want one of those wallets though.They had some problems with the .45 not penetrating heavy clothing. Once, a suspect’s wallet stopped a police bullet. Police didn’t want to go to a 9 mm, Corcoran said, because those bullets tend to pass through a person without stopping them.
Everyone needs training, even police Sgt's. Tucked in the waistband without a holster? Geez. 2,500 rounds in 40 minutes is 62.5 rounds a minute, more than one a second, I guess they had designated loaders, that time also doesnt reflect reloads, quality of quantity yeah, but thats impressive.Four accidental discharges of new guns have prompted reminders to officers to keep their fingers off the trigger and store the guns in approved holsters. In December, a sergeant who had the gun tucked in his waistband without a holster fired the weapon inside headquarters. He wasn’t hurt.
During testing, police dropped the guns, banged on them, even put 2,500 rounds through one in 40 minutes.
So, the article isn't very technical, but it is a good overview of why the police choose to switch to the M&P, and discusses some of its strengths and weaknesses. The Cincinnati police have them too I believe, maybe its about time for me to take a serious look at em.