Portland police get new user-friendly, top-of-the-line shotguns

The Associated Press
Posted Nov. 14, 2011, at 8:34 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Police Department has a new weapon in the fight against crime.

The department has purchased 10 Benelli M4 12-gauge shotguns, a top-of-the-line weapon that has become the standard for the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The weapons cost $1,400 each, $1,800 with add-ons the department requested and were paid for with a federal grant.

Lt. Gary Hutcheson, the department’s firearms instructor, tells the Portland Press Herald that the shotguns are user-friendly and durable and require a low level of maintenance.

Acting Chief Michael Sauschuck says the guns are more effective for a wider range of officers.

With a collapsible stock and a shortened barrel, the new shotgun is easier to wield in tighter spaces than other long guns.

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