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SHPD switching to new handgun

Sweet Home Police Department plans to switch the caliber of handguns its officers carry, department personnel told the City Council last week.

SHPD has used .40-caliber handguns – fourth-generation Glock 23 and Glock 22 models – since 2011. They plan to switch to 9 mm guns, fifth-generation Glock 17 and Glock 19.

Officer Dave Hickox, department range master and lead firearms instructor, explained the reasoning to at the council's regular meeting on Jan. 28.

Hickcox said he recently took the Glock armorer course, and one of the topics discussed was the recoil of .40-caliber ammunition...