New Glock Pistol for British Military

The Ministry of Defence has signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 of the new Glock 17 Gen 4 pistols. They replace the Browning which has been used for more than 40 years but is said to have become increasingly expensive to maintain. Soldiers in Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new Glock pistols. The new sidearm is lighter than its predecessor, as well as more accurate and capable of carrying more bullets. It has a magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 for the Browning. Members of all three services will start receiving the Glock 17s in the coming weeks.

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