For a nation that’s about as rabidly anti-gun as the country that sent convicts to colonize her, Australia sure has a lot of police handguns. abc.net.au reports that “3,000 new .40 calibre Smith and Wesson M&P pistols from the United States were checked and cleared by Customs last week. Another 8,000 are on order and will arrive in the next six months . . . Acting Superintendent Terry Jackson said the $25.6 million roll-out of the new guns was one of the most significant projects undertaken by Victoria Police. All up, more than 10,000 weapons will be purchased at a cost of $7 million.” Huh. I’m no math whizz, but I reckon eight plus three equals eleven. The Smiths are set to replace Ye Olde .38 revolver. Of course, that’s a big change. So the Vic police will get plenty of training on how to use their new American-made weapon . . .
Officers will be put through a four-day training course beginning in December including familiarisation, cleaning and safety.
Then they will get another day of training in tactical communication, to learn about conflict resolution and mental illness.
PC PCs with M&Ps. How great is that?