Senoia police buy new guns with smaller caliber - CBS46 News

Senoia police buy new guns with smaller caliber

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SENOIA, GA (CBS46) -

It was a decision Chief Jason Edens said was the best for the department and public safety.

Officers will be issued new Glock 9mm handguns. The guns are a step down from the .40 caliber bullets their current Glocks use.

"I had a concern going from a .40 caliber round to a 9mm round," Edens said. "The 9mm ammunition and stuff on the market today is performing just as well as the .40 caliber ammunition."

Edens said the new guns will actually be cheaper for tax payers than refurbishing their old ones. Edens said Glock made a deal with the department to trade their old weapons and give them the new guns for $2,400 compared to $2,800.

Some officers with smaller hands or weaker grip can struggle with the recoil of a .40 caliber round. Edens said the 9mm is more manageable for all types of shooters.

"To have a weapon that you come straight out of the holster on, and it fits perfectly in your hand in your grip and it has less recoil allows them to acquire that target more rapidly," Edens said. "We are focusing more now on precision and accuracy."

The department also was approved for six new patrol cars that will be on the streets in March.

The nearby Peachtree City Police Department also made the decision to switch their firearms to a 9mm round as well.

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