ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All 600 St. Paul police officers are getting new firearms, their first large-scale weapon change in about 18 years.

The department is switching from .40-caliber Glocks to a choice of 9mm Glocks or Smith & Wessons.

Police Sgt. Cory Tell says the department’s current firearms aren’t necessarily outdated, but police want to make sure they’re using the most reliable equipment possible.

He says 9mm guns are easier to control than .40-caliber Glocks because they don’t have as much recoil.

The guns, plus training, cost $137,000. The nonprofit St. Paul Police Foundation has raised about $80,000 toward the cost, and the department will get some money for trading in its old guns.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says the department plans to begin training with the new guns this month.

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Comments (9)
  1. richard says:

    The police need to have the latest and best…they put their lives on the line for us and our families.

  2. gonzo says:

    Law enforcement agencies switched almost entirely to .40 S&W as it was recognized that the stopping power of the 9mm was inadequate. This is a curious step backwards and I wonder how officers feel about this switch. The nines do have higher mag capacity, and perhaps they feel that with more control better shot placement will compensate for energy loss. I’d sure like to hear the opinion of the officers that will defend themselves with these nines.

    1. Weed Can Save Us says:

      It will come down to the ammo that they are using as well

      1. gonzo says:

        That’s true. Some of the defense loads are a quantum leap from the old 115 gr. FMJ.

  3. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

    I once owned a Glock “Shorty 40” and even that small size of a handgun, I don’t recall it have that much recoil.

  4. Don't Break Into My House says:

    600 slightly Pre-owned .40 cal Glocks will be for sale (at half the price of new) soon.

  5. justaxnspend says:

    Lets see the 9X19 Cal (9 MM) was the choice of Germen forces in WW2.
    The U S was 45 Cal, and how did that turn out ??

  6. Eric Schmitt says:

    I’m not sure if its the “latest” Both the Glock models have been around for quite some time and the 9mm is nothing new. I wont argue it being the best. I am willing to bet they will be shooting 124gr Winchester Ranger T series +p+ with their new guns which has the recoil of a .40 IMHO.

    I dont think we will be able to buy their .40s at half price either 😦 local retailers usually sell the used models for $499. Can get new ones online for slightly more.

    Cheaper ammo means more practice too.

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