The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate. It also has an increased magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 rounds for the Browning.
Warrant Officer 1 Mark Anderson, Royal Marines, who trialled the Glock 17 before the contract was awarded, said: “Pistols are vital in close combat and are a key part of a soldier’s armoury. Reliable, light and easy to carry, the Glock inspires confidence and performs exceptionally well.”
The MOD signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 Glock sidearms including holsters.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne said: “We are determined to provide our troops with the best possible personal kit available and these new Glock 17’s will give them greater firepower and accuracy on operations."
Sidearms are a valuable weapon for the battlefield and the new Glock, manufactured in Austria, will complement the wide range of weapons already available to our forces, which includes: