posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 04:11 AM
The Glock is not being adopted as a primary weapon to replace any "long" guns. Outside certain very specialist roles the pistol is issued as a
secondary weapon for instances that the rifle suffers a malfunction at close quarters, or where the user needs to sling the primary weapon to use both
hands. The pistol is faster to get into action from the holster than a rifle slung on the back. A pistol is also useful for WMIK or Jackal crews in
close quarters where the user needs to be able to engage fast-appearing targets from a vehicle.
It is being issued as a replacement for the ageing crop of Brownings we have. The SIG P226 is being used in Afghanistan at the moment because of
several problems found with the Browning. However the SIG was issued as an urgent operational requirement (UOR) as it was already in use by certain
elements of UK forces and therefore already had training materials in place. As it was a UOR it bypassed several of the testing phases that are
required for putting a piece of equipment into the field army, and was not tested against other weapons. As such it cannot be issued to the field army
outside the operation that it was purchased for, i.e. Afghanistan.
Bids then went out to other manufacturers to provide options for a permanent replacement for the Browning. Examples were provided by all of the usual
suspects (Glock, SIG, Beretta, H&K etc). After a long period of testing it was found that the Glock 17 gen 4 came out on top. This was in terms of
actual weapon performance, accuracy, reliability in a range of environments, post purchace manufacturer support and training packages and of course
I think that the Glock 17 is a great choice for a pistol. It is reliable, combat accurate, has a decent magazine capacity and is lightweight. I have
found from a personal perspective of firing Glock 19s that the polymer frame helps absorb recoil, making it easy to fire rapidly with accuracy. It is
also really easy to use and can be safely carried loaded and made ready.
edit on 11-1-2013 by PaddyInf because: (no reason given)