Skip to comments.Swiss Army Selects Glock As New Service Pistol
Posted on 05/03/2011 5:30:41 PM PDT by marktwain
SMYRNA, Ga. --(Ammoland.com)- Today, GLOCK Ges.m.b.H. located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, announced that the Swiss Army has chosen GLOCK as the new service pistol for the Swiss Army Special Forces.
The evaluation process was conducted by three independent elements of the Swiss Army: The Army Reconnaissance 10 (AAD 10: Armee Aufklärungsdetachement), a specialized unit of the Swiss Army (Special Forces) and the Swiss Military Security Agency (MilSich) tested the capabilities and efficiencies of the GLOCK pistol in the field of operations, while the technical evaluation was handled by the national evaluation and procurement agency armasuisse.
The GLOCK Pistol models ultimately selected were the GLOCK 17 Gen4 and GLOCK 26 Gen4 9×19 semi automatic pistols, as well as the Blue GLOCK Training pistol, the GLOCK 17T Gen4 and GLOCK 26T Gen4 which will have the ability to fire both FX and ATK Force on Force marking ammunition.
The Swiss Army began their search for a new duty pistol in 2009, in hopes of finding a firearm that would provide greater soldier superiority and survivability in battle, lighter carry weight, simplicity of use under stress and uncomplicated maintenance. GLOCK pistols excelled during field testing as the Army found them superior in ease of handling which provided evaluators superior capability to score hits during target acquisition drills.
Initially, several suppliers were invited to provide pistols and accessories. With this decision, initial orders in 2012 will go to supply the Swiss Special Forces units, provided the Swiss Parliament has approved the proposed budget.
GLOCK is very proud to have been competitively chosen by the Swiss Army over all other competition, said GLOCK Vice President Josh Dorsey. GLOCK was chosen for this project due to the reliability and durability that have made GLOCK pistols famous. GLOCKs focus remains on providing safe, simple and fast pistols to those that go in harms way. Our firearms are designed for these individuals to succeed and survive in any situation.
The first round of GLOCK pistols will be issued to replace the existing SIG 220 and SIG Pro pistols being de-commissioned.
About GLOCK, Inc. GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCKs superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nations law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.
You have a great PR firm...
The weapon that accomplishes the tasks with the least moving parts is always going to be my choice as a primary weapon. I consider my Glock 21 to be a combat masterpiece. I like 1911s but if I had to choose between a Kimber or Les Baer 1911 and my Glock 21 in a combat zone, I’d take the Glock and keep the Kimber and Les Baer in the vault. It has never failed me. never.
Glock has great pistols
Good choice. Not that there is anything wrong with the Sig or my personal favorite, the Walther, but Glock seems to be very well rounded and trouble free.
‘twasn’t always so.
The first .40s jammed like mad.
I have one of these that needed a bit of porting and polishing.
I bet there are a lot of lucky old men in Switerland who still have their issue P210s.
I think Glock Rocks carries a Kimber but that could have been yesterday...
I’ve had three Glocks. 19, 20, 22. Never liked how they fit my hands. I’d stick with the SIG, but that’s just personal preference. The three Glocks I had were as reliable as a hammer.
Did you mean Okra?
I carry a Walthers PK380. Fits my hand like a glove and is dream to fire.
Glocks are good ping
The Swiss-made "Sphinx 3000". Available in 9mm, 9x21mm, .38 Super, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and... wait for it...
I carry a Kahr MK40, a Para Ordnance 12-45 or a custom Fusion Firearms 1911 6-inch long slide in 10mm.
For the longest time, my personal carry was a Walther P99 until I realized how it really wasn’t concealable. I’ve moved to the infamous PPK. I love that gun.
I carry a Old Timer folding knife with a 3 inch blade and a small vile of Nitroglycerin in case I have another heart attack...
Nice. Schmidt-Rubin K31, straight-pull bolt gun with a precise action like butter. Shoots VERY straight with the Swiss surplus ammo, even with the3 crappy iron sights.
Too bad we can’t get them for $89 each like 7-8 years ago!
Never liked the way my 1st-generation G17 fit my hand, either, until I slipped a Hogue Handall grip sleeve onto it. Cheap, simple, made a big difference. Feels like a custom grip.
It be a model 1911 long rifle that followed me home a month or two ago. manufactured in 1917 (per the serial #) and probably taken home by the soldier in 1926 if I am reading the marks right.
I have a 3rd gen G21 and that thing is rock-solid reliable. It is a little large for my hand and CC, so I carry a 3rd gen G19 as my primary. However, I'm NEVER selling my G21.
me too, mine is the compensated model. I had the new slim frame model but sold it because none of my old 13 rd mags would work in it. Didn’t know that when I bought it. It would fit your hand better I bet.
I have a Walther PP. I really don't like it. The action is too rough and the weapon doesn't fit my hands. I prefer my CZ83.
To each his own though. ;)
There are CZ 82’s now on the market again, for around $200 ... 9x18 is better don’tchaknow.
Sig is reintroducing them but now made in Germany.
Yes they do, and Sigs have been made in Germany for quite some time. Very well built and extremely reliable.
It looks like they have updated the P-210 a great deal. Maybe to the point where it is not the same gun.
Whatever, I would love to have one of each.
I do recall reading a test of the Sig P-210 many years ago. That particular pistol was as accurate or maybe even more so than most custom guns.
Sig 210 Ping - Want...
I've discovered that I shoot best with my H&K P7PSP, a "legacy" weapon that has been overlooked by many. For me, it's the best combination of accuracy, reliability, "idiotproofness", concealability, and ease of use. Once I get a holster for it.
In fact, the P7 has become enough of a "pet" handgun for me that I bought another "select" police trade-in (99+% finish, 100% internally) just to be a safe queen while I carry my "working" P7 (80% finish, 99+% internally). After I've fired 200 rounds through it, the internals are only starting to show wear. That means that the cops that owned these two pieces must have spent more time at the donut shop than on the range.
And while nobody will dispute the effectiveness of the .45ACP round, a 115gr hot defensive round in 9mm is nothing to sneer at, and much easier for me to put on target.
I always like to choose my tools for the local threat...... in a perfect world of course. I’d stay SIG or a 1911A1 for my “General Purpose Sidearm” for my Army.
That said.... Nuthin wrong with well maintained combat tupperware. I have never had a problem with Glocks yet on the range I have seen them come apart in a manner they were never designed to do. My opinion and limited first hand inspection of the aftermath and carnage etc ... is it deals with hot loads and the unsupported chambers. That is my personal opinion only.
I am a fan of the Glock 35 as a duty carry yet wanted it in my favorite caliber aka the 357SIG. So.....after market barrel with a supported chamber was bought , dropped in and it is my carry rig for my local reserve deputy duty these days. Good capacity and a good round in a inexpensive and reliable launcher....all I need.
My CHL is a Glock 31 all original shy of again a after market barrel with a supported chamber. The Glock is a good rig for me thus far and I carry it every day and shoot IDPA with it. Also 3 gun matches and do private and department range time at least once a week , maybe twice.
Its dehorned / melted from the factory. It’s easy on the upholstery and clothing. No rips or tears in the leather seats or good clothes. Very concealable with IWB carry and simple to maintain. Acidic human moisture aka SWEAT is a moot issue for the tennifer coatings. Never had it rust after many days of carry in the summer.
I think the Austrians carry a Glock 17 still to this day....any reviews done on their older models as to wear and tear ???
My opinion....ramblings etc ... Stay safe !