Tampa PD to Replace Smith & Wesson M&P with SIG Sauer P320

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
Tampa PD SWAT armed with SIG Sauer pistols, c.2013 (Tampa PD Facebook)

According to a press release from SIG Sauer, published on 11 June, Tampa PD have opted to replace their current Smith & Wesson M&P duty pistols with the P320. Tampa PD will purchase 1,375 P320s to equip officers, although no calibre was specified, the department currently uses .40SW.

While the department’s current standard sidearm is the M&P, in use since 2009, the department have used both Glocks and SIG Sauer pistols in the past. Read the full press release in full below:

SIG SAUER, Inc., is pleased to announce the Tampa Police Department will replace their official duty pistol from the Smith & Wesson M&P, to the SIG SAUER P320. The Tampa Police Department has over 1,000 sworn officers, covering three districts that encompass the entire municipality of Tampa, Florida.

“SIG SAUER is honored to earn the trust of the men and women of the Tampa Police Department through their selection of the P320 pistol as their official duty pistol,” began Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice president, Law Enforcement Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “The modularity of the P320, with its ability to select grip size, combined with the proven reliability, accuracy, and safety of the firearm made it the right choice for this diverse group of officers.”

The P320 is a modular, striker-fired pistol available in full-size, carry, compact, and subcompact sizing. The serialized trigger group makes the P320 adaptable to multiple caliber, size, and grip options. The P320 is available in 9mm, .357SIG, 40S&W, and .45ACP, with a choice of contrast, or SIGLITE Night Sights. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety, and optional manual safety.

The Tampa Police Department will acquire 1,375, P320 pistols to replace their current Smith & Wesson M&P’s as the approved official duty pistol.

“We here at SIG SAUER are very proud to gain the confidence of the Tampa PD and assist them in safely carrying out their department’s mission – to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life through a cooperative partnership with all citizens,” concluded Jankiewicz.

The press release can be found on SIG Sauer’s site, here.

Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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  • Tom Tom on Jun 16, 2018

    It's not the gun as much as it's the cost per unit (including accessory package) and the credit given for each gun traded in.

    I'm sure the Sig's high bore axis was a compelling feature.

  • PaulWVa PaulWVa on Jun 16, 2018

    I have two 320s, a compact and a sub and love them. Great shooters and easy to work on yourself. The kitchen table gunsmith can really enjoy a 320. I do think the modular thing is a little over rated. It's more important to the military or police department that needs a whole lot of guns for a number of different size people. The average gun owner really only needs one frame (the one that fits) and most aren't going to bother with caliber changes. Just get a 9, .40 or .357 Sig ....you can't change it to a .45 acp by the way.