The North Carolina Highway Patrol recently made a significant shift in their firearms by selecting the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols and rifles for their troopers.Â Previously carrying the Sig Sauer P229 DAK, the Patrol has adopted the S&W M&P pistols chambered in .357 Sig.
The initial order is 2000 pistols, which is enough to equip all of the troopers.Â According to S&W, “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.”
Additionally, the NC Highway Patrol selected the M&P 15 rifle for the troopers.Â S&W states that 1000 rifles have been ordered by the Patrol.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is one of many U.S. law enforcement agencies converting to the M&P pistols and rifles.Â S&W states that 570 U.S. agencies issue or approve the M&P pistols for duty use, and more than 250 issue or approve the M&P 15 rifles.
The Smith & Wesson company has placed a lot of emphasis on the development of the Military & Police line of products. Â The company introduced the M&P Shield, a small, compact pistol that is suitable for concealed carry or as a back up gun for police officers like the troopers of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Â When you talk to the senior members of the company’s staff, they will tell you repeatedly that this line of products is extremely valuable to the company.
For a bunch of plastic pistols, the M&P handguns are making a huge difference in the S&W bottom line. Â The NC Highway Patrol order is definitely a win for them. Â I found the prior choice of a SIG P229 to be unusual, as a P226 would seem to be a much better choice for uniformed law enforcement carry. Â I carried a P226 for years and it is a fine weapon.
Going forward, I suspect NCHP will be extremely pleased with the purchase of the new Smith & Wesson handguns.