North Carolina Highway Patrol Converts to Smith & Wesson M&P357 Pistols & M&P15 Tactical Rifles
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is equipping its officers with Smith & Wesson Military & Police (M&P) Series pistols and with M&P Series tactical rifles.
The M&P357 pistols and M&P15 tactical rifles will be issued respectively as the primary duty firearms and standard issue patrol rifles.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol has purchased 2,000 Smith & Wesson M&P357 polymer pistols chambered in .357 SIG.
Colonel Randy Glover, Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, said, "The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is confident that the M&P357 will prove to be a reliable service weapon for our officers."
The agency has also purchased 1,000 M&P15 tactical rifles. The semi-automatic rifles will be issued to select officers upon the completion of a certification course.
To date, 570 domestic law enforcement agencies have adopted or approved the M&P for duty use while 251 domestic law enforcement agencies have approved or adopted the M&P15 rifle.
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