Now that’s interesting news:
SWISS ARMY SELECTS GLOCK AS NEW SERVICE PISTOL
by GLOCK Inc. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 5:31pm
Army Declares GLOCK as Winner of Evaluation for Special Forces Duty Weapon
Smyrna, GA (May 3, 2011) – Today, GLOCK Ges.m.b.H. located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, announced that the Swiss Army has chosen GLOCK as the new service pistol for the Swiss Army Special Forces. The evaluation process was conducted by three independent elements of the Swiss Army: The Army Reconnaissance 10 (AAD 10: Armee Aufklärungsdetachement), a specialized unit of the Swiss Army (Special Forces) and the Swiss Military Security Agency (MilSich) tested the capabilities and efficiencies of the GLOCK pistol in the field of operations, while the technical evaluation was handled by the national evaluation and procurement agency “armasuisse”.
The GLOCK Pistol models ultimately selected were the GLOCK 17 Gen4 and GLOCK 26 Gen4 9×19 semi automatic pistols, as well as the Blue GLOCK Training pistol, the GLOCK 17T Gen4 and GLOCK 26T Gen4 which will have the ability to fire both FX and ATK Force on Force marking ammunition.
The Swiss Army began their search for a new duty pistol in 2009, in hopes of finding a firearm that would provide greater soldier superiority and survivability in battle, lighter carry weight, simplicity of use under stress and uncomplicated maintenance. GLOCK pistols excelled during field testing as the Army found them superior in ease of handling which provided evaluators superior capability to score hits during target acquisition drills. (…)
I wonder though what the tactical concept for the engagement of the Glock 26 will be, as this is not a typical pistol for armed forces. Anyway, this is a worthy successor for the SIG 220, officially designated by the Swiss army as “Pistolet/Pistole 75″as it was issued in 1975. Will the Glock in the future be called the Pistolet/Pistole 2011? After the Nineteen-eleven, please join me in welcoming the Twenty-eleven! 😀
from top to bottom: Glock 17, 19 and 26 – photo by Waffen Noser