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Glock 17

New Glock 17: British troops have been issued with Glock 17 Gen 4 pistols to replace the Browning sidearm, which has been used by the Armed Forces for more than 40 years.

Soldier wearing a holster holding a Glock 17 handgun.

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."

Weapons in use in Afghanistan

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:

  • SA80A2 assault rifles, which fire 5.56mm rounds;
  • Light Machine Guns, which fire 5.56mm rounds;
  • Sharpshooter rifles, which fire 7.62mm rounds;
  • General Purpose Machine Guns, which fire 7.62mm rounds;
  • Combat Shotguns, which fire 12-gauge cartridges; and
  • Sniper Systems, which fire 8.59mm rounds.

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