New SAPD service weapon provides options

Smith & Wesson M&P40 to replace Glock 22


SAN ANTONIO - A firearm instructor for the San Antonio Police Department said the Smith & Wesson M&P40 is the right gun for officers.

On Monday, firearm instructor Rob Ingram showed KSAT 12 News police beat reporter Matt Rivers why the Smith & Wesson M&P40 is a better firearm than the Glock 22, which will be replaced soon.

"We have shooters of all sizes and capabilities, and what we need to do is provide them an option that allows them to be comfortable in both left and right hand configurations," Ingram said.

Ingram said he likes the Smith & Wesson M&P40 because it has slide catches and magazine releases on both sides of the gun along with the interchangeable grips in three different sizes.

"The more comfortable the shooter is, and the more that it's customized to him or her, that allows them to be more comfortable and far more accurate," Ingram said.

The new service weapon will be phased in 2013 as officers undergo in service training.

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