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Old January 15, 2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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New sidearms for British armed forces

Just for information, in case anyone is interested I noticed this story on the BBC News website:

I won't comment on the ill-informed or speculative reporting about the relative merits of either the Glock or the Browning.

However, the issues with the Brownings currently in service are due to excessive wear due to age, rather than any fundamental flaw with the original design.

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Old January 15, 2013, 10:32 AM   #2
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I'm sure the driving factor was the cost (new Glocks versus maining old HPs or buying new ones), and Glock has a way with delivering LE/military contracts that undercut the prices of their competitors. That's why their (somewhat clunky and out-dated) pistols are so popular with LE/military bean-counters.

That said, I'm not a huge Glock fan, but it's also hard to deny that they are reliable and easily serviced firearms.
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Old January 15, 2013, 10:52 AM   #3
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It probably helped that Glocks are issued to the few British police who have firearms training.

I can see how that would help to persuade politicians, who are largely ignorant about firearms and such matters, that it's somehow the right thing to equip our troops with.

This logic may not stand up to scrutiny from an informed politician, but it probably won't have to!
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Three, in fact. All of which were shut down for an appalling lack of civility.

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