If this post from thefirearmsblog.com is to be believed, this is our first glimpse at the FBI’s new standard issue sidearm, the specially designed 9mm Glock 17M duty pistol. It will replace the .40 S&W Glock pistol that agents have carried since 1997.
“I am inclined to believe that it is a genuine photo because our source is an officer with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, one of the first agencies to receive the new guns. The officer that this 17M belongs to is one of the first to get the new Glock, there is no new information at this time and it appears that many of the rumors have been confirmed. Glock has not released any information as of yet; we will update as we learn more.”
The Glock 17M and 19M are rumored to be the a Gen 4 Glock 17 designed to meet the FBI’s requests for new full-size and compact duty 9mm pistols for its special agents.
The story notes that the 17M in the photo appears to have an integrated flared mag well, tougher finish, change in rifling, longer recoil spring assembly, reinforced forward notch for the recoil spring assembly, a smoother trigger, no finger grooves, changes in the safety plunger, ambidextrous slide release, magazines have an extended front lip, and there is a magazine-well cutout. However, it is still a current Gen 4 Glock 17 at its base.
The FBI awarded the $85 million handgun contract to the Austrian gun maker at the end of June.
Before the Bureau had settled on the .40 S&W Glock pistol in ’97, it had gone through years of flip-flopping among calibers and models, including pistols from SIG Sauer and Smith & Wesson, after the agency moved away from revolvers.
In October 2015, the FBI put out a call for a full-sized Class II pistol with night sights, six magazines, and a slot or rail for a tactical light.
For more on the FBI’s search for a handgun, and a brief history of FBI semi-auto sidearms, go here.