Glock is Already the Military Service Pistol

The fix is in. I thought maybe with the rumors about the SIG P320 being the FBI favorite, things would change?

But the FBI just choose a Glock. And IMO it will be a standard Glock. Not some crazy custom, new Glock. Why? Because the 9mm Glock is already in the FBI’s Table of Equipment (TOE). You see, the FBI academy has always had an option for cadets having issues mastering the 40 to run the 9mm and work their way up.

US SF Troops with Glocks.

US SF Troops with Glocks.

IMO, that means the Glock 9mm they chose is probably already on their TOE. Which bypasses the RFP they released with all the SIG P320 characteristics. If you doubt me, just look at the military’s testing to replace the M-16/A4. For all the whoo-ha about piston this, modular that, what did they do? Declared the existing M4 good to go and moved out with that.

The Glock handgun for the DOD won’t be ANY different. It’s already everywhere. Navy SEALS just picked up the Glock 19. Combat Applications Group, AKA Delta switched to Glock years ago. The 75th Ranger Regiment has Glocks. And even the much vaunted USMC Recon element with their custom Colt 1911s? Have been seen with Glocks.

US Marine Shooting Team member firing a Glock in the UK.

US Marine Shooting Team member firing a Glock in the UK.

Among others.

Below is a photo that we got in 2013. It’s a US Special Forces solider at the famous SF sniper competition held at Ft. Bragg. While many focused on the AR pattern sniper rifle, most missed the handgun on his hip. It’s not a Beretta. It’s not a SIG. It’s not a 1911. It’s a Glock.

US Army Solider with Glock 2013.

US Army Solider with Glock 2013.

And finally, when WE were outfitting all the Iraqi National Army and Iraqi National Police with handguns, what did they get?

You guessed it: Glocks.

I am not a Glock fan-boy. Ergonomically, it’s 30 years behind the times. But facts and stats are irrefutable. Even the Chief of Staff of the Army came out and said the current Service Pistol Competition was a big waste of money and time. He wanted to buy Glocks in bulk from Cabelas.

US SF Troops with Glock Pistols.

US SF Troops with Glock Pistols.

And I can’t blame him.

 
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  • Wayne

    I own two Glocks. The 23 because that frame size always points well for me. And a 41 because I love the 45acp ctg and in a practical tactical it is almost comparable with my carry 1911s. I much prefer the M&P based on its ergonomics and in my opinion higher quality internal parts. (I have been through both armorer classes for the Glock and M&P numerous times).
    I always tell people the Glock is a hammer, a tool that always works. The 1911 is a work of art.

    • The 23/19 is the Gold Standard if sizes. As for quality, I personally think they are equal.

      The 1911? I would never recommend a 1911 for a casual owner.

      Marky

      • Wayne

        Oh heck no!
        I carried a commander for years. Back during the fanny pack days.
        I want more than 8 rounds in the gun, especially now a days.
        It takes a real pistolero to carry a 1911. I carry a Glock most of the time.

        • All my Fannypacks came from Israel. I used to have them shipped in. Wore a couple out too. I can’t disagree with you on firepower one bit. I switched a few years ago.

          Marky

  • Mikial

    There’s no way I could ever disagree with the Army or any other military or police force choosing the Glock. They have the one thing that a self defense handgun absolutely must have . . . reliability. I am more accurate with my Jericho and my 1911, and they are both pretty reliable guns. Malfunctions are rare. But I carry my Glock because I know it will work every time. And it is still plenty accurate enough for what a combat handgun is designed to do . . . kill the other guy before he kills you.

    • Tell you what, I have found GEN 4 Glocks pretty damn accurate. I generally have no issues with head shots at 25 yards if I do my part. A $2-3000 1911 shoots no more accurately in my hands. In a Ransom Rest? Maybe. But I can’t personally wring much more accuracy out of one shooting off-hand. –Marky

      • Wayne

        I agree 100% with you Marky! I was out at the range 4th of July. We were shooting our two Colt officers models and hitting a 6″ ball at 25yds about 50%. A little longer sight radius would have brought up the average. My eyes have a hard time doing much better anymore. I do have Novak fiber optic sights on an STI 1911 commander 9mm I built. They help.

      • Mikial

        My Glocks are all well used Gen 3, so I don’t know what refinements the Gen 4 might have over a Gen 3. Trust me, i have no complaints about my Glock’s accuracy.