Members of the Washington County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office will soon be getting new weapons, a re-stocking that occurs about twice each decade. “We have them ordered, but we haven’t received them yet,” said Sheriff Larry Mincks. “We expect them within a couple of months.” Around 70 Smith & Wesson 9 mm handguns were ordered, which are replacing the currently used Smith & Wesson .40 caliber guns. “About every five or six years, we replace them due to the amount of rounds that go through them during practice sessions,” Mincks said. He added that the handguns currently in use will be traded in to the Smith and Wesson wholesale dealer where the new guns were purchased. The cost of the new guns is $40,300, minus the trade in value for each of the old guns. Mincks was not sure of what the trade in value was going to be. Everyone who is certified and commissioned by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy will be receive a new gun. Major Brian Schuck of the sheriff’s office said the 9mm weapons offer a higher capacity magazine that will help the sheriff’s office compete with the criminals. [full article]
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