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Old January 17, 2013, 04:04 PM   #1
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Service handgun: full size or compact?

It might be a little detail, I just wondered: When a service handgun for any military is chosen, it's quite self-explaining that this will normally be a full size handgun, e.g. a G17. Still, in the recent years there have been some large contracts awarded for compact size service handguns (e.g. the G19 for the Iraqi security forces).

Is there any logic behind that or is it just that the real-world difference beetween full size and compact size is actually neglectable, thus making the choice a mere matter of taste for the ones to decide?

Not to be mistaken, I'm talking about main military sidearm contracts, not police or military police units or whatsoever where maybe concealed carry could be an issue...
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