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Is the Smith and Wesson M&P Replacing Glock?

Smith and Wesson M&PThe Smith and Wesson M&P has been taking market share away from Glock in the Law Enforcement world since its launch. This momentum has been keeping up at an extraordinary rate. Smith and Wesson is getting the M&P in the hands of the Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department, Texas DPS, and is now approved by many Federal agencies for duty carry. In fact, many City, County, and State departments are issuing the M&P. So why is this all happening?

What is happening to Glock?

Glock 22We all know that government agencies have to stick to a strict budget. This is one reason H&K or Sig Sauer hasn’t taken the American Law Enforcement market. So is S&W simply outbidding Glock? What happens in these private contracts between S&W and the agencies will never truly be known. What we do know is that the rest of the gun community knows. What is the most common response by Glock haters? “It’s like a brick,” or “It doesn’t fit my hand,” or “The grip angle is way too aggressive!”

Smith and Wesson has been listening. The M&P has a slightly slimmer grip/frame and remedied the “fit” issue by offering interchangeable back straps to conform to any shooter’s hands. They also adopted a more traditional 1911 type grip angle. The result is a very comfortable to hold and natural pointing gun. This allows new shooters and non-firearm enthusiasts to become more proficient and more comfortable with their duty weapons.

It’s not like the M&P is gravely more accurate or reliable than the Glock. In fact, they operate in virtually the same way. This writer thinks that the switch is simply due to versatility and comfort. There is no question that Glock will always have a strong presence in the Law Enforcement and concealed carry community, but how much will they be giving up to S&W?

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