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Monday, 4 July 2016

FBI Choose 9mm Glocks:

This Report came from Outdoorhub 1st July:

In a notice put up on a government website, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicated that it has chosen 9mm Glocks for its new line of service handguns. According to the notice - the contract could go as high as $85 million for the Austrian gun maker, which also has a factory in Smyrna, Georgia.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is issuing an unrestricted solicitation for various 9mm Luger pistols and all associated replacement parts with the intent of making single award of a fixed price indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract,” the FBI’s procurement arm stated.
The agency first announced in 2014 that it will be ditching its iconic .40 S&W round and returning to 9×19.

In 2015, the FBI submitted a new request for proposal (RFP), which sought both a new compact pistol capable of holding 14 rounds, and a new full-size handgun with a capacity of at least 16 rounds. The contract reportedly will also be responsible for equipping up to a dozen federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency; the U.S. Marshalls; the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Capitol Police; the Postal Service; the Park Police; and the Department of Defence.

As many expected, Glock surfaced as the prime contender for the government contract. Expert speculation once leaned toward the SIG Sauer P320, but the agency ultimately decided to go with a gun maker it was already very familiar with. The Glock 22, chambered in .40 S&W, has been the FBI service pistol since 1997."

Performance design of Law Enforcement 9mm ammunition has advanced so well in recent years that the difference between 9x19mm, .40"S&W, and the 45"ACP has been largely discounted.

Personally - I went with the G17 twenty six years ago - & the G20 10mm (Major Power Factor) for IPSC competition as soon as it was developed.

Martin K.