SAPD changing service weapons

Department swapping standard Glock 22 for Smith and Wesson M&P 40

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department, along with dozens of other major departments throughout the country, has used Glock models as their service weapons of choices for years.

But starting in 2013, the department will begin using Smith and Wesson M&P 40s instead.

The deal, confirmed by multiple sources, will involve SAPD turning in all of its Glocks in exchange for the new weapons.

Department sources said that will help keep the cost to taxpayers at an extreme minimum.

The guns are fairly similar in function, as both are polymer guns with similar trigger pulls.

But officers have complained about the stippled grips on the Glocks, complaining about discomfort in their hands after prolonged stints at the range.

Sources also said it doesn't hurt that the Smith and Wesson's are American-made, versus the Austrian-made Glocks.

The change will likely occur over the next year. 

More details will be revealed when Chief McManus brings the decision to city council, something that's likely to happen in the next several weeks.

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