WALB reports that the Albany Police are unhappy about the Smith & Wesson 99s carried by their officers. Very unhappy. So unhappy that they’re pulling them from service ASAP and replacing them with Glock 22’s in 40 S&W (ironically enough). While the po-po say there haven’t been any “on the job” failures, they’re concerned about “potential malfunctions.” Apparently, “city and police leaders say the guns can jam when fired.” Albany City Manager Al Lott (no relation to the stat-wielding More Guns, Less Crime author) was quick to assure the populace that “Everything’s all right, Everything’s fine. Nothing to see here. Go back into your houses and go to sleep now.” Or words to that effect. Such as . . .
“It’s not a major event. We don’t have to stop everything we’re doing. It’s not that those Smith & Wessons aren’t operational. It’s just that there’s a much better weapon, and we don’t want to take any chances with our police officers.”
Them’s fighting words! TTAG’s put the call in to both the Albany police and Smith & Wesson. Watch this space. Meanwhile, here’s gunblast.com’s take on the weapon.
The .45 SW99 from Smith & Wesson is a first class modern auto pistol, very well suited for police duty, or for a civilian who likes the power of a .45 in a reliable, accurate, yet relatively lightweight package. Of all of the .45 caliber polymer auto pistols on the market, the SW99 has the best feel, to my particular hand.