By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

PAINTED POST - Looking to replace aging handguns currently used by Corning City’s 21 sworn-in officers, patrolmen tested and evaluated Glock pistols Wednesday at the Painted Post Rod and Gun Club.

Chief Jeff Spaulding said the Smith & Wesson handguns used by all city officers are between 10 and 12 years old.

“There have been some failures and some breaks to the internal-parts of the handguns,” said Lt. Jeff Heverly, who tested both the Glock pistol models 17 and 22. “We’re looking for a replacement.”

Spaulding said city patrolmen expect to test Smith & Wesson handguns later this month before making a final decision on which brand of handguns to purchase.

The total cost of the handgun replacement is expected to be about $2,500, Spaulding said. The current aging handguns will be traded in to reduce the overall cost.

“We hope to have the new handguns in place by mid-to-late summer,” Spaulding said.

Currently about 65 percent of U.S. Police Department in America use a Glock police pistol.