“On Tuesday, the city commission approved nearly $30,000 for the purchase of 140 Sig Sauer P320 duty-size handguns with X-ray sight,” bismarcktribune.com reveals, “and 20 Sig Sauer P320 compact-size handguns.” The BPD are ditching their Smith & Wesson M&Ps. “The department needs to replace our handguns due to some documented malfunctions and reliability concerns over the last couple of years,” Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin told the Trib. And what might those be? kfyrtv.com:
The police chief says there’s a need for the switch.
“They weren’t cycling as smoothly as they should so, we looked at it, we tried to troubleshoot the issues and the problems. We just had more and more officers that were stating they were having some problems,” said Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin (above).
He says out of all the guns they tested, the Sig Sauer P-320 is the most effectively.
Back to the Trib for an explanation of what makes the SIG SAUER P320 “most effectively”
Extensive testing of various firearms was conducted. In addition to the Sig Sauer P320s, the department tested the Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0, Glock 17 and Glock 19.
When the decision came down to the Sig Sauer P320s versus the Glocks, certified firearms instructors retested the guns.
“The Sig Sauer, in the majority of opinions, outperformed the Glock,” Donlin said. “It provided a lot more overall comfort and handling in the varying hand sizes of our officers.”
The Sig Sauer P320 has three sizes of grip modules from which to choose to accommodate officers’ varying hand sizes.
“The Sig, out of the box, was very accurate. Even our best shooters couldn’t believe how much better they shot with the Sig versus the Glock,” Donlin said.
The city commission accepted Streicher’s bid of $29,975 for the  Sig Sauer P320s, which reflects the trade-in of the department’s current handguns.
Well now, all the handguns tested have “grip modules” to accommodate officers’ varying hand sizes. Anyway, after trading-in the BPD’s lightly-used M&Ps, Bismarck taxpayers are only forking-out $187.34 per smooth-cycling SIG. AND they get X-ray sights . . .