Sumter PD Adopt SIG P320 and P365

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
Sumter PD officers with P365s (SIG Sauer)

Sumter, South Carolina’s police department is set to transition completely to SIG Sauer pistols. The department will move away from its current Glock duty pistols, including the Glock 43 currently carried as an department-issued backup pistol.

According to SIG, Sumter PD are the first law enforcement department to “simultaneously adopt both the P320 and the P365 pistols as their official duty firearms.” The adoption of the P365 comes following concerns about striker issues that emerged this summer. SIG’s local distributor Lawmen’s Distribution LLC in Columbia, South Carolina will supply the new pistols locally.

Here’s SIG Sauer’s official press release on the latest police adoption:

SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Sumter Police Department in Sumter, South Carolina has adopted both the SIG SAUER P320, and the P365 pistols, chambered in 9mm, as their official duty pistols.

The Sumter Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of seven divisions with 120 sworn officers protecting over 40,000 citizens.

“The decision for us to transition from our GLOCK pistols to a complete SIG SAUER system was based on quality, performance, and safety. In testing we put the P320 and the P365 through the paces and, quite impressively, they both performed beyond expectations throughout our rugged testing requirements,” said Captain Michael Evans, Support Services, Sumter Police Department.

“Additionally, the modularity of the P320 allows our officers to choose a grip based on comfort without the addition of bulky backstraps, and we are really seeing the benefits of this feature in higher qualifying scores,” said Evans. “As for our detectives, the P365 is the perfect pistol because of the small size and high-capacity which makes it easy to conceal without sacrificing rounds. The P365 will also be placed into service as our agency issued backup firearm to replace the current GLOCK 43.”


Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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  • Colonel K Colonel K on Nov 06, 2018

    Bulk purchased firearms may save the government some money, but the option of allowing individual officers to privately acquire firearms they find most comfortable to use could save the department even more. Does any department still do this?

    • Beju Beju on Nov 06, 2018

      @Colonel K Current Chicago recruits get a choice of buying 9mm SIG P320s, S&W M&Ps, or Glock 17/19.

      I can't name any off the top of my head, but I'd be shocked if some smaller, poorly funded departments didn't do the same.

  • KevLar KevLar on Nov 06, 2018

    I didn't realize budget cuts affected the actual size of the gun! https://uploads.disquscdn.c...

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