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    Tampa Police Purchasing Sig P320 Pistols.

    The Smith & Wesson M&P will soon get the boot by the Tampa Police Department as the organization moves to the Sig Sauer P320 as its new duty pistol.
    The Tampa Police Department, boasting over 1,000 sworn officers in three districts of Tampa, will acquire approximately 1,375 Sig P320s to replace its current force of Smith & Wesson M&P’s.
    Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president of Law Enforcement Sales at Sig Sauer said the move to the Sig P320 is due to the pistol’s modular style.
    “Sig Sauer is honored to earn the trust of the men and women of the Tampa Police Department through their selection of the P320 pistol as their official duty pistol,” Jankiewicz commented in a news release. “The modularity of the P320, with its ability to select grip size, combined with the proven reliability, accuracy, and safety of the firearm made it the right choice for this diverse group of officers.”

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    Hopefully the ones with the skinny triggers....
    Sam
    Central/Pride, Evil Black Rifle Parish(EBR), LA

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    Will they be used as *drop guns*?
    Those who live by the sword, get shot by those who don't.

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBP55 View Post
    Jankiewicz commented in a news release. *The modularity of the P320, with its ability to select grip size, combined with the proven reliability, accuracy, and safety of the firearm made it the right choice for this diverse group of officers.*
    He neglected to mention they are $100 cheaper than the M&P.

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    In a few years, expect to see a glut of P320's on the market when Tampa realizes that they voluntarily gave up one of the finest striker-fired pistols on the market for sub-par junk.

    Mike
    ΦΒΚ. Honi soit qui mal y pense.

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    It all comes down to cost. Sig won the military contract because the bid was $100 million less than Glock. Sig can make the P320 cheaper than other striker-fired pistols. I'm assuming the police are offered a similar savings on a smaller scale.

    Personally, I don't shoot the P320 as well as my M&Ps. The high bore axis bothers me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonephish View Post
    He neglected to mention they are $100 cheaper than the M&P.
    The LEA bids are much less than retail and the Sig may or may not be less than the M&P for 1,375 pistols.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBP55 View Post
    The LEA bids are much less than retail and the Sig may or may not be less than the M&P for 1,375 pistols.
    Retail pricing is a complex beast and the fact that the MSRP on one gun is higher than the other gun doesn't tell us a lot in terms of the deal that was negotiated for Tampa. We also don't know what deal Sig struck in terms of the old M&P's; I'm thinking about how Glock bought up scores of old duty weapons in the 80's and created a very profitable sideline business reselling those.

    Either way, my guess is that a bunch of the Tampa brass got excited about giving their officers the new M17, and some slick salesmanship from Sig (and a hefty discount on 1000+ guns) made this move appealing. And I'll be the first to admit that the M&P is a boring gun, even though it's devastatingly reliable, very forgiving, and easy to work on.

    It's also worth remembering that the sale of the guns is just one part of it. There's also magazines, parts, holsters, etc., with what are probably far high profit margins than the guns themselves.

    Mike
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    The Safariland type Holsters/Mag Pouches will possibly cost almost as much as the Sigs after trading in the M&P's.
    Been There, Done That.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBP55 View Post
    The Safariland type Holsters/Mag Pouches will possibly cost almost as much as the Sigs after trading in the M&P's.
    Been There, Done That.
    So much the better for us. I have a few M&P holsters and I'd gladly add a few more guns to my safe, even if they did walk the streets of Tampa. I'd like one of the .357 Sig M&P's just for the hell of it.

    Mike
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