Texas DPS switching to Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm handguns

The Texas Department of Public Safety is switching to a new and lighter pistol for recruits beginning in January. These less expensive state-issued service pistols can carry more ammunition and have less recoil for its highway patrol troopers.

Current troopers will be able to carry and maintain their SIG Sauer .357 while the DPS is still going through the rigors of expanding the new handguns availability. But for troopers finishing their training in January, spokesman Tom Vinger said they would be issued the Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handguns.

This particular handgun can carry 17 rounds, plus one in the chamber versus the 15 round capactiy of the SIG Sauer. The other added advantage is that the newer M&P 9mm weighs 10 ounces less than the SIG Sauer (24 ounces versus 34 ounces).

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