Skip to comments.Military to use Glock pistols after 40 years of Browning (UK)
Posted on 01/10/2013 4:43:16 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
LONDON (Reuters) - The military has changed its standard issue pistol to the Glock after using the Browning for more than 40 years, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.
It said it had awarded a 9 million pound contract to Austrian arms firm Glock for 25,000 guns because their pistol is lighter, carries more bullets and is more accurate than the U.S.-made Browning.
"I have seen this pistol demonstrated in target ranges and am impressed that this new lighter, safer generation of pistol provides better value for money for the MoD," Defence Equipment Minister
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Nice of them to identify the weapon. /s
Didn’t 007 prefer the PPK?
Probably a good change as the Glock is always ready, that is if they are allowed to keep one in the chamber which I doubt.
As far as accuracy, I doubt there is any real difference.
How can I get some of those surplus Brownings? Don’t they use the 9mm HiPower?
OOOOOOH! I wonder if we can get them to ship us some of the old Browning HPs as C&Rs?
From Browning Hi Power to Glock 17. Both 9X19MM
*** carries more bullets and is more accurate than the U.S.-made Browning.***
I thought they were made in Belgium and now assembled in Portugal.
I love Belgium Brownings!
“....more accurate than the U.S.-made Browning.”
Isn’t the 9mm HiPower made in Belgium by FN?
At the beginning of Dr. No, Q makes Bond give up his Beretta for the Walther PPK.
I have a pristine 1964 Belgian Hi-Power. Really like my Glocks too, my 1911’s too, my Colts too, my .............
I’ve got one and it’s very accurate. I learned to shoot with it and I’d love to have another.
They were made in Canada during WWII.
I’ll ping the gun guru. Maybe he’ll know if they plan to ship the old Brownings over here for sale.
>>At the beginning of Dr. No, Q makes Bond give up his Beretta for the Walther PPK.<<
Would it be too much “follow the leader” if I bought one?
I thought the same thing. I know FN has a factory in South Carolina but did not know they are making Brownings there.
The Brownings made in Argentina are also pretty decent. They don’t have the beautiful finish but inside appear identical to my 1969 Belgian Hi-Power. I have noticed even the tool marks on the side of the barrel near the feed ramp are similar.
As proud owner of two of their latest.....the Glock 30 (small, .45 ACP) and the Gen 4 Glock 23 (.40 cal), I’d say....excellent choice. Glocks rock.
Oh....should have said FORMER owner.....damned boating accident.....sheesh.......
A firearm loaded with bullets without the rest of the cartridge is pretty useless.
The current pistol (L9A1) is basically an off the shelf FN High Power. They’re being replaced, in part, because the current issue 9mm NATO loading is beating the hell out of them.
In what way is a Glock “safer” than a Browning ?
The Browning Hi-Power should handle the hot rounds as well as anything.
Back in the 70’s the government had the HP White firm test all handguns for safety. These tests including shooting a lot of proof level loads.
The tests were clearly too difficult to pass, probably on purpose. I do recall the Browning Hi-Power was one of the few to make it through with no damage.
This brings back a memory of early spring 1983 in Germany. I got a ride to the big PX at Mainz-Kastel to go shopping. I was thinking about buying either a camera or a pistol. I reviewed the stocks of both and decided on either a Belgium Browning 9mm Hi-Power or a Canon AE-1 35mm camera with several lens; both came to about $400. I ended up deciding on the Canon 35mm camera with a 50mm lens and a 75-300mm telephoto lens. It turned out to be much more useful during my tour in all of the slides I took of my 4 years there while in the Army.