The Texas Department of Public Safety is phasing out the current issued SIG Sauer pistols chambered for the .357 SIG cartridge. Smith & Wesson M&P9 pistols will replace the SIG handguns beginning with the academy class starting training this month. Troopers already issued the SIG pistols will transition to the M&P over time.
While the department could have transitioned to another SIG product in 9mm for less recoil, the department stated the selection of the M&P was based on several reasons:
- the M&P is lighter than the SIG Sauer
- the palm swell grips allow the department to better fit the gun to the officer
- testing showed the M&P exceeded the performance of the SIG
While I personally like SIG Sauer products, I generally agree with the Texas DPS decision. Fitting a gun to the individual is extremely important and with the classic line of SIG Sauer pistols, this is very difficult. Even with the E2 upgrades and a short reach trigger, the trigger reach on a P226 can be difficult for shooters with short fingers and/or small hands.
Texas DPS is not the only department that has transitioned from the SIG to the M&P. While not the only reason, I suspect that this was at least one of the reasons SIG decided to launch the new P320 line of striker-fired handguns this year.