Phenix City police — not Phoenix — selected .40-caliber Heckler & Koch pistols to replace the department’s aging Glocks, which have been in use for more than a decade.
The city council of Phenix, Alabama, approved spending $15,975 last month to buy 107 HK VP40 pistols.
Phenix Police Chief Ray Smith told local media the decision came after officers fired demonstration pistols and all had better scores with the weapon.
“We felt they are comfortable, easy to carry and they aren’t any heavier than the Glock,” Smith told The Ledger-Enquier on Thursday. “We think it’s going to be a smooth transition.”
The total cost of the pistols is $46,010 but officials expect to get a credit for $30,035 when the used guns are returned. That will leave a balance of $15,975.
Article updated Aug. 7, 2016, at 1:47 pm CST