An American gun legacy lives on in Springfield, Massachusetts. The city’s police department announced they will be holstering the Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 as their new law enforcement handgun of choice. The move marks more than a century of arming the city’s officers with S&W firearms.

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc announced the decision Dec. 15, 2020. But Springfield’s finest first started carrying S&W guns back in 1899. It is a fitting tribute for a company that has claimed the Springfield as its home since 1856.

“We’re very appreciative of the entire team at Smith & Wesson,” said Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood. “They have the best and safest products on the market. Their company being based in our city and many of their employees living in Springfield has led to a long-term partnership that our officers take pride in.”

The company has a history of going above and beyond to support its local law enforcement. In 2010, they donated 580 new M&P 40 pistols to the Springfield Police Department. The donation was valued at nearly $270,000. 

The Springfield police department keeps up tradition by selecting another Smith & Wesson pistol. (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

The M&P 2.0 is the latest innovation to the respected M&P polymer pistol line. The guns come with four interchangeable palmswell inserts and a light, crisp M2.0 trigger with a tactile and audible reset. The polymer frame is both durable and provides an 18-degree grip angle for a natural point of aim. 

“The new M&P M2.0, with its aggressive texturing and tactile trigger reset, provides law enforcement with the ultimate in reliability and dependability,” said Matthew Fehmel, senior director of Global Professional & International Sales for Smith & Wesson. “This upgrade to the M&P M2.0 should carry the Springfield Police Department through many years of service. Most importantly, we’re proud that our pistols are called on to protect law enforcement in Smith & Wesson’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts.”

It is also worth noting that the M&P 2.0 is available in full size, compact and subcompact variants. It can be chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. So, there are plenty of options for both law enforcement purposes and concealed carry.

Check out the review we did of the subcompact below:

 

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