Well that ought to be interesting. I've nothing against Glocks per se, and know lots of folks who've carried them both on duty and off, but also recall a Federal (non-fatal) Gun Goof report that came out in the early '90s, listing various punctured desktops, ceilings, flesh wound furrows down the sides of legs. blown-out windshields, etc. Hands down winner was the Glock series, followed by the AR-15/M-16. Last on the list (one event in Texas) was the venerable Colt SAA. Wonder what our cousins across the pond will be doing with all their now surplus Brownings.
Cheaper, lighter, doesn't rust, and the parts that need strength are steel. Also high density polymers absorb impacts whereas the same abuse to aluminum or steel will bend or break. They mentioned in the article that repairing the Browning pistols is expensive and so the Glock was the obvious choice.I'm just not sold on polymer parts and a hammer just makes a good click.
Standard issue is the 9mm Beretta M9, and if I'm not mistaken, SOCOM people (like Delta Force, Navy SEAL teams, Force Recon, MEU(SOC), Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, etc), can choose their own loadouts - which is almost always dependent on the mission.
I don't really understand how it's that much more expensive to keep a Hi Power running as opposed to a Glock. Eventually, a Glock is going to wear out, too. No offense to anybody that owns Glock, but I've seen quite a few with loose chambers which will allow cases to rupture, and it always seems like Glock changes up the design and runs into problems. I think the NYPD had a big issue about 12 years ago with the extractors on theirs in about 50% of all their pistols. If price is really that big of a concern, why not buy Hi Points? I mean it isn't like they're spending their own money.Britain's defense ministry said the decision to abandon the Browning came after it became increasingly expensive to maintain the steel-framed pistol as its parts - from barrels and slides to trigger mechanisms and springs - wore out........
sadly, this is not the case for these guys. It's M9 all the way. I hate the beretta, mine breaks every other range session, no joke. Safety fell off once, almost every spring busted, breech block cracked on me twice, had a slide get damaged on a jump rendering the thing deadlined, just always sucks. Plus, with the technique I use for immediate action usually sweeps the gun onto safe, no bueno.Standard issue is the 9mm Beretta M9, and if I'm not mistaken, SOCOM people (like Delta Force, Navy SEAL teams, Force Recon, MEU(SOC), Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, etc), can choose their own loadouts - which is almost always dependent on the mission.
I thought the UK guys were already using the Sig 226? I thought SAS started carrying that sidearm initially, as a backup to the MP5, and the rest of them started carrying it?