Glock Protests SIG Army Handgun Contract

Glock Protests SIG Army Handgun Contract
The Austrian arms maker lost the $580 million contract to the SIG Sauer P320.photo courtesy SIG-Sauer

We reported recently that the U.S. Army chose the SIG-Sauer P320 as its new sidearm after a lengthy competition including entries from most major handgun manufacturers.

This story from armytimes.com says Austrian firearms manufacturer Glock has filed a protest with the government over the Army's award of the new pistol contract to SIG, according to documents filed with the Government Accountability Office on Friday.

The story says the protest will put the Army's plans to begin testing the XM17 Modular Handgun System (which will become the M17 when it's actually issued) on hold until the complaint is resolved.

The announcement that the P320 would replace the Beretta M9, which has been in service with all the branches for more than 30 years, came in January.

The competition was announced in 2011. In the end, SIG Sauer beat out Glock along with Smith & Wesson, and FNC for the lucrative $580 million contract.

Though the full details of the competition haven’t yet been released, word was that Glock had put up its original G17 and the G22 (which is the .40 S&W version of the Glock 17).

The P320 was released in 2014 and is a new concept for handguns in that the trigger and firing module is the only serialized part. The barrel, slide, and frame are all interchangeable around that unit, making the pistol highly adaptable to different uses.

While it’s offered in several calibers, the Army wants the 9mm version.

The Glock 17 was first introduced in 1982 as one of the first polymer-framed pistols, with various improved models introduced over the years. Chambered in 9x19mm, the pistol has an exceptionally low bore axis, making it an instinctive shooter. Because of its low weight, clean features, simple controls, easy disassembly, and proven reliability under adverse conditions, the Glock 17 has become the go-to sidearm for various police forces and military organizations around the world. The Glock 19 is the compact version of the Glock 17, introduced in 1988.

The Glock 22 was introduced in 1990 with a modified slide, frame and barrel to account for the different dimensions of the .40 S&W cartridge.