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British troops in Afghanistan – and on future operations anywhere else – will be better able to defend themselves with the help of the first new standard pistol issued to the armed forces in more than 40 years. Faced with the threat of attacks at close quarters – not least from members of the Afghan security forces turned by the Taliban or bearing individual grievances – the new weapons will enable them to shoot faster and more effectively, troops say.
More than 25,000 Austrian-made Glock pistols will finally replace the clunky Browning sidearm that squaddies and commandos have had to cope with for decades, the Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday. An £8.5m contract has been awarded to Glock after a tendering contest and trials stretching over two years. No British company competed; even the new pistol's holster is made abroad, in Italy.
Originally posted by ToneDeaf
British forces to be equipped with Glock pistols for protection in Afghanistan, . . . protection ? Lol
then they shouldn't be in other sovereign countries,
they are NOT an extended colony.
He explained that with the Browning, a soldier had to undo the holster flap, flick the safety catch and draw a bullet from the magazine before firing a shot.
The Glock has built-in safety catches, and the pistol can be kept fully loaded with a round in the chamber even when it is in the holster. Its magazine can hold 17 rounds, compared with 13 in the Browning. "
Originally posted by zedVSzardoz
reply to post by CX
they are faster because they are easy to handle and can be drawn and fired faster than a "long" gun.
Originally posted by ADVISOR
GLOCK is a great choice, and I support that decision.
My personal sidearm is a .45 and that is the caliber that I recommend.
There is just some thing about .45 ACP that says it all.
Originally posted by NorthernThird
Ok by my simple arithmetic, the British government are paying GBP£360 per pistol. A quick tour around US gun websites suggests a retail price of apprximately USD$575 ...... or GBP£356 at today's exchange rate. Just about bang on the nail.
So where's the discount for such a massive order ?
British Ministry of Defense procurement ... they're so hopeless they can't even get Tesco reward points. Always paying over the odds. I wonder if the trade off is a maintenance contract or something along those lines.