The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has just awarded an $ 85 million contract to Glock for the procurement of thousands of new Glock 9mm handguns for duty use by FBI Agents. The new Glock pistols will be 9mm, rather than the current .40 caliber FBI Glocks, but will be modified slightly to meet the RFP restrictions. This announcement came much sooner than we expected, however with Glock being the FBI’s current pistol supplier, I can see how a decision could be made more quickly. The official Contract Award Number is: DJF-16-1200-V-0006459.
Several months ago we posted an article titled “FBI Selects New Duty Pistol“, which discussed the FBI Request For Proposals on a new duty handgun. In the article we pointed out a series of design specifications that eliminated almost every major handgun available on the market at that time. That is, except for the Sig Sauer P320. The RFP appeared almost tailor-made for the newest striker-fired polymer framed pistol from Sig Sauer, which had gained considerable attention after release. Well, I was wrong! And I’m actually very excited I was wrong, because we’re getting a look at an all new Glock in short course.
FBI Selects an All New Glock!
When the FBI RFP was released in October, 2015, Glock was only eliminated by the current finger grooves on their frames, missing a flared magwell, and not having magazines with stripper base plates . It appears Glock made the few minor adjustments and met the FBI’s demands. However, this new Glock will be more than mix-matching Gen 1 or Gen 2 frames with Gen 4 slides and barrels. The flared magwell, and frame without grooves will be a whole new creation, sparking a large discussion on if the “new Glock” will become available to the public – and when! Will this new Glock be called a “Gen 5”, or as some sources are reporting, the “G17M“.
The selection of Glock really should not be surprising. Though I made an articulate argument that the RFP was tailored to select the Sig Sauer P320 (and I still feel it was suspiciously close) I also left open the reality that the major firearm manufacturers would not just sit down without trying to win such a large contract. In fact, I pointed out that Glock was one of the most viable possibilities, since they would only have a few minor adjustments to meet the criteria (including already having frames without finger-grooves).
It will be very exciting to see exactly what the FBI Glock pistol looks like, and to find out its actual name. The flared magwell with stripper magazine base plates will enhance the overall performance of the pistol immensely during the highly critical moments of magazine changes. The removal of the grip finger grooves will ensure that more Agents of all sizes are able to obtain a solid master grip. Though the current Gen 3/Gen 4 finger grooves fit my hand well, I fully realize this is not the case for everyone. Being issued a handgun that doesn’t exactly fit well can be a miserable experience. This move makes sense.
Benefits of Keeping the Glock
The FBI has been carrying Glock handguns for nearly two decades, with the first recruit class training on Glocks in 1997. With nearly 20 years of organizational familiarity with the Glock handgun, the Bureau will be able to avoid huge costs associated with transitioning over 10,000 Agents to an entirely new handgun. The Glock accepted under the contract will still be very familiar to Agents in the most critical areas:
- Trigger Pull
- Sighting System
- Magazine and Slide Controls
- Malfunction Drills
- Field Stripping.
In addition, Glock has proven itself as a highly durable, accurate, and reliable pistol for 30 years in America. There really should be no surprise that Glock owns around 65% of the law enforcement market in the United States. Police officers need a reliable semi-auto handgun, capable of chambering the most widely used calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP), with reliable magazines capable of providing officers enough firepower to win a deadly force encounter.
Glock not only delivers all of those needs, they have been extremely gracious to law enforcement agencies making the purchase of brand new Glocks very reasonable. Typically Glock will offer a buy-back of the department’s current handgun, with a corresponding significant reduction in the price of a new Glock. It is not unheard of for police department’s to obtain new Glock handguns for as little as $ 350 (easily $ 200 less than market price).
Yet it is not just the price that has made Glock a winner. It is its performance time after time. Glock handguns have never won any beauty contests – they are painfully simplistic in their appearance. However, they have more than made up for a generic profile with a firing mechanism that is amazingly simple, and a trigger (with reset) that can make follow-up shots amazingly fast and accurate.
Despite being half polymer, the Glock handguns take a beating and keep on shooting. The Melonite-type finish (previously Tennifer) on the slide is incredibly resistant to scratching, scuffing, rust, and corrosion. The polymer frames can get scuffed up, but for the most part maintain their integrity through harsh abuse, providing the stable platform necessary for accurate shooting.
I’m very excited to hear Glock won the FBI contract. At a time where many have been attacking Glock for one reason or another, it is refreshing to see the company can still put together a winning handgun. Though there have been some legitimate issues with some of the Gen 4 Glocks (though highly exaggerated in my opinion), I would challenge anyone to say the new FBI Glock is anything but a winner.
The FBI is known for conducting some of the most rigorous and scientific studies on firearms and ammunition. If the FBI is satisfied with the new Glock, then this new handgun should have all our attention.
To those who argued against my points in the original RFP article , I yield my pulpit! But I do so with a smile on my face, and an eager curiosity to see the FBI’s New Pistol! Though the RFP appeared suspicious, I’m confident the selection process was not.
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In the last three years numerous domestic US government agencies have ordered a total of over 750 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.
That’s right, multiple government agencies that specifically operate primary inside the United States have gone on a literal ammunition spending spree in preparation for what they must believe will be some sort of violent event.
In 2009, Winchester Ammunition was awarded a contract to supply the Department of Homeland Security with 200 million rounds of .40 caliber hollow point ammunition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract by the Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) division of the Department of Homeland Security to supply a maximum of 200 million, 40 cal. rounds over the next five years. Source
This huge ammunition order was apparently only the beginning.
In early March 2012 ATK won an indefinite delivery contract to supply DHS with a whooping 450 million more .40 caliber hollow point rounds.
ATK has secured a major Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity deal to supply up to 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition to the Department of Homeland Security.
The 1 year contract with four option years comes at a time when many Americans believe that DHS, along with certain aspects of the military, will soon turn their sights on the American people during some sort of martial law scenario.
“We are proud to extend our track record as the prime supplier of .40 caliber duty ammunition for DHS, ICE,” said Ron Johnson, the president of ATK’s Security and Sporting group,” reported a PR Newswire release.
The Department of Homeland Security is not the only US agency openly stocking up on .40 caliber ammo.
In November 2011 the FBI posted a request to the FBO.gov website for up to 100,000,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reserves the right to make multiple award under RFP-OSCU-TD2WP7101 for a fixed price indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity type contract.
The anticipated period of performance will be for one (1) base year and four (4) possible one-year options. The contractor will provide commercial, “off-the-shelf” .40 caliber ammunition compatible with pistols currently used by the FBI.
Not to be left out of the ammunition stocking spree, the US Forest Service recently purchased 320,000 rounds of ammo and, for their part, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking an additional 13,500 rounds.
Added: Sep 28, 2011 5:15 pm
(1) 40 caliber, 180 grain, 120,000 rounds or equivalent,
(2) 9 mm, 124 grain, 50,000 rounds or equivalent,
(3) .38 caliber, 135 grain, 10,000 rounds or equivalent,
(4) .380 caliber, 90 grain, 6,000 rounds or equivalent,
(5) .223 caliber, 64 grain, 87,500 rounds or equivalent,
(6) 12 gauge 00 buck, 15,000 rounds or equivalent,
(7) 40 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent,
(8) 9 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent,
(9) .223 caliber frangible, 10,000 rounds or equivalent,
(10) 12 gauge 1 oz slug, 7,500 rounds or equivalent
The cartridges shall be delivered to Albuquerque, NM.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services require the following items, Exact Match Only, to the following:
1. Remington Frangible .40 Caliber Pistol Ammunition — 2,500 rounds
2. Remington .40 Caliber Pistol Ammunition (180 grain) Full Metal Jacket — 6,000 rounds
3. Remington .223 Caliber Rifle Ammunition (62 grain) Full Metal Jacket — 3,000 rounds
4. Remington FX Marking Cartridges (9 mm) — 2,000 rounds
Why is the US government buying millions of rounds of hollow point bullets specifically for use in domestic operations while at the same time attempting to label everyday gun owning Americans as possible terrorists?
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