LOWVILLE — The Lowville Police Department has upgraded its patrol rifles, courtesy of a $2,600 grant from the National Rifle Association.
“It allowed us to purchase something more effective for congested areas,” village Police Chief Eric F. Fredenburg said. “They’ll do the same as the ones we had, but they are a better rifle.”
The village department used the NRA grant to equip its two vehicles with the newer model rifles, replacing three- to four-year-old firearms. By trading in their prior models, department officials were able to make the switch while using only $20 from their budget, Chief Fredenburg said.
The semiautomatic rifles use the same type of bullet clips as the officers’ pistols, making them easy to load and use, he said.
The department’s new guns are designed primarily for short- to intermediate-range use, offering better accuracy than the standard pistols, Chief Fredenburg said. They are not intended for long-range shooting. They could be used in indoor settings, since they are not designed to penetrate walls, he said.