PA state police are getting rid of the Beretta 96 for the Glock 37 .45 GAP
State police to get new guns
Published: October 09. 2007 6:00AM
Erie Times News
Pennsylvania State Police are phasing out their old firearms and getting new, higher-caliber weapons.
State police in Erie's Troop E are being trained with a new pistol, the .45-caliber Glock Model 37, through the end of October, troop spokesman Cpl. Mark Zaleski said.
The change is necessary after Gov. Ed Rendell approved an increase in the size of the state police force in May 2006, said Sgt. David Pallone, supervisor of planning and analysis in the State Police Bureau of Research and Development who oversaw the selection of the new weapon
The previous weapon, the .40-caliber Beretta Grenadier 96D, was out of production, and the state police needed a uniform weapon, Pallone said. The Berettas were near the end of their commission, Pallone said.
"We were able to facilitate it pretty quickly because our firearms were aging and we were looking at what was available in the market and testing some weapons," Pallone said.
Selecting the new weapon took almost a year of testing and trials with state troopers, Pallone said. He said the Glock was the most popular gun among the troopers.
"What I like about it is that it's a larger caliber, a heavier bullet, and it's a faster bullet," said Cpl. Mark Amato, who helped Pallone select the new pistol.
Though the caliber is larger, the gun is smaller and more manageable, Pallone said.
The Glock has a slimmer grip and shorter trigger pull, making it easier to fire for a wider range of hand sizes. A polymer frame, as opposed to the Beretta's steel frame, also makes the Glock a lighter weapon, Pallone said.
The Glock also has less perceived recoil, despite the larger round, Pallone said.