The Pentagon apparently went looking for some Glock Perfection and tapped the company with a contract worth up to $15 million last week.
Glock's American-based arm in Smyrna, Georgia, was awarded a $14,999,980 firm-fixed-price five-year contract "for various firearms, spare magazines, and spare parts." The contracting activity was the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Newark, New Jersey.
The 59-page solicitation notice, published by Picatinny Arsenal in July, was specifically to "procure non-standard weapons/commercially available Glock weapon systems" including up to 1,500 G17 model handguns; 5,000 G19s; and 2,200 G26 pistols across several generations (Gen3, Gen4, and Gen5). Modular Optic System (MOS) (G19, Gen 3, 4, 5), and threaded barrel versions (Metric or Standard threads, G19 MOS, Gen 4, 5) were also covered.
Optional configurations include night sights or standard sights, metric, or standard threads (for threaded barrel variants), extended slide stop lever, extended magazine catch, and optional Maritime Spring Cups.
Of note, the notice states that "all pistols should be delivered without restrictions for re-export by the United States Government (USG)."
While the standard handgun across the Department of Defense is the M17/M18 Modular Handgun System, based on the Sig Sauer P320 series, various units often fielded Glock handguns purchased with unit funds or in small batches with National Stock Numbers (NSN) 1005-01-571-9875 and 1005-01-426-0608 active for the G17 and G19, respectively.
Further, the Marines selectively fielded the FBI's Glock 19M variant as the M007 since at least 2017. The upgraded Glock was issued for concealed carry by criminal investigators, members of the helicopter squadron that transports the president, and advisory groups conducting training overseas. They have also been seen in released images of Marine Raider units.
Outside of DOD, the Coast Guard has recently decided to go against the M17/M18 as adopted by the rest of the military and instead have fielded new Glock models off the Department of Homeland Security's CBP contract.