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OPINION: The DOD Should Have Picked GLOCK

(from TFB)

Forget about modularity and the other Army requirements for the newly announced M17 sidearm for a moment.  Do you mean to tell me that the DOD just spent $580M on a pistol that has barely been on the market for three years? A gun that will be carried by US soldiers for at least a decade, more likely two or three, that has only been issued to a handful of law enforcement agencies in the United States? (Love ya Hooksett, NH Police!)

The iconic GLOCK pistols have served with distinction for 35 years, in LEO agencies, Militaries, contractors and civilian hands around the globe. The new M17 should have had Gaston’s name on the slide and everyone knows it.

Fanboy? Sure, call me names, throw rotten food at your devices, raise your torches and pitchforks. Listen to some Nickleback for crying out loud. But even if you pray to a different god, be it Sig, S&W, FN or some pot metal creation you got at a show a few years back – Deep down, you know the US Army should be carrying GLOCKs as their new handgun.

Save me your ‘hand grenade’ and grip angle jabs – that’s a smoke screen and you know it. The G17 and/or G19 has served with distinction and has proven itself worthy time and time again. And unlike previous side arm choices, GLOCK pistols aren’t nearing an ‘end of life’ situation or being surpassed by new technologies. Gaston has focused on steady, calculated weapon evolution rather than spurts of revolution interspersed with setbacks. Frustrating for individual gun owners? You bet. But he knows that any misstep in reliability would leave a black mark on the Austrian handgun’s legacy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the Sig P320 is a fantastic pistol – reliable, accurate and well made. However, I will argue that it does nothing that the GLOCK already does with a lot more long-term supporting data from a variety of hostile environments.

Yes. I get it. Modularity.

I carried a Sig every day for eight years. I’ve carried a GLOCK every day for eight more. And now, as I ready myself to be issued a new P320, I do so with reluctance but also with acceptance. Knowing (and hoping) that somewhere far above my head, someone knows better than I do. At least I don’t have to deal with that $&@?ing manual safety.

The M9 is dead. Long live the M17.

Note the flavor of slight sarcasm, ladies and gentlemen. Life is good.

O  K

Their previous post regarding the SIG was pretty positive.

What do YOU GUYS think?

(Let the games begin!)

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


9 thoughts on “OPINION: The DOD Should Have Picked GLOCK

  1. I’d love to leave you a comment, but don’t have a dog in this hunt. I carry a 1911A1 – all steel. My daughter carries – and loves – a Ruger LC9 (1st gen). My wife carries a 2nd gen LC9. I know a number of folks who carry & love Glocks of whatever nomenclature. I don’t know anyone who has a Sig.

    On second thought, maybe that tells us something, right there.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | January 25, 2017, 12:12 pm
  2. 1911 guy here… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | January 25, 2017, 1:02 pm
  3. When ‘uncle’ was providing the weapon (and the ammo) I carried what was issued to me. I now carry (or don’t — that’s nunya) whatever I choose – both sidearm and type of ammo.
    Full disclosure: I am a Beretta Armorer and a Sig pistol armorer.
    IMHO, there are few (if any) modern handguns available today that are NOT suitable for military or LE use. My only qualm regarding the selection of the 320 is the cost, but then again in this day and age of big budgets, the amount spent – especially over the life of the contract – is comparatively, chump change.

    Posted by GomeznSA | January 25, 2017, 4:19 pm

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