FBI goes back to 9mm with Glock

06/30/16 8:06 AM | by

FBI badge gun glock

(Photo: FBI)

FBI badge gun glock

(Photo: FBI)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded Glock an $85 million contract to produce 9mm handguns for the better part of a decade, according to the notice published Wednesday.

The contract marks a milestone in the history of FBI weapons as the agency famously ditched 9mm in the mid-1980s for a larger .40-caliber handgun. The return comes after 30 years of ballistic improvements to 9mm ammunition.

The contract covers five items that include a compact pistol, a full-size pistol, an inert training pistol, a Simunition training pistol, and replacement parts, according to the solicitation.

Specifications in the solicitation suggest Glock will be supplying the FBI with a Glock 19 compact and a Glock 17 for the full-size pistol.

Initial requests included a compact pistol with a barrel length between 3.75-4.25 inches, a minimum 14-round capacity, and night sights. And the full-size with a barrel 4.26-5.2 inches, minimum mag capacity of 16 rounds and night sights.

The FBI estimates spending between $20 million to $85 million in the next 10 years under the contact.

While the price may seem excessive, the contract may also equip 10 federal law enforcement agencies — ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals, etc — and the Office of Inspector General for all federal agencies.

The caliber change comes 30 years after the agency’s high-profile response (dramatic among handgun aficionados) to a shootout that ended with the deaths of two agents who were essentially outgunned. The agency formally switched from revolvers to semi-auto pistols.

According to the American Rifleman, initially, the change was to a Smith & Wesson Model 1076 chambered in 10mm, which is on par with .40 caliber. But the results were poor and the agency replaced it with Sig 226 as a temporary fix. In 1997, the FBI officially adopted Glock .40 S&W pistols as the service pistol for agents.

Article updated 10:48 am EST on June 30, 2016

Latest Reviews

  • Winchester Snow Goose

    Winchester Hits Hard with Xpert Snow Goose Ammo

    Modern ammunition manufacturers are recognizing the demand for specialty rounds among dedicated hunters -- enter Winchester’s Snow Goose.

    Read Now
  • Beretta A400

    Beretta A400 Xtreme Plus Ready for the Worst of Waterfowling

    While the jury remains out on measuring recoil in the duck blind, the one certainty is that the new iteration...

    Read Now
  • Asfaleia

    Asfaleia Creates Designer Concealed Carry, Bulletproof Tote

    A new concealed carry bag company is on the rise, introducing a more stylish approach to the concealed carry conundrum.

    Read Now
  • The Sig P365 SAS - First 100 Rounds and Initial Thoughts

    At first look, the Sig Anti Snag (SAS) model has many exciting features, including new sights in the familiar small...

    Read Now