Morton County Sheriffs Department saves money with new guns

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MANDAN, N.D. - The Morton County Sheriffs Department is updating their arsenal and cutting costs at the same time. They're going from a .40-caliber handgun to a 9-mm weapon.

Jonathan Moll, and the other Morton County deputies, are trying to qualify with new guns the department bought in February. Deputies are supporting the change, even if there is a slight learning curve.

"Smaller bullets but not much else different; the frame is almost identical,” Moll said.

The old .40-caliber handguns are being swapped out for 9-mm pistol. The new guns do carry two more rounds than the old guns, but sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says that's not the main reason they switched.

"The Glock 9 is a very reliable weapon. And the big thing with this too is not only can we go to a newer, but the ammunition is also cheaper to do more shooting,” Kirchmeier said.

Moll adds the biggest adjustment was what he was seeing.

"An orange sight on it so it took a little getting used to it. It looks like a big orange eyeball but other than that, it's really an identical weapon and a very easy swap,” Moll said.

But all that takes is a little extra practice.