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Glock Reveals Photos Of Its Entries To The Modular Handgun System Bid

Glock 23 MHS

With the protest of Glock on Sig Sauer’s winning the contract for the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) now rejected by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the company finally unveiled photos of their entries for the replacement of the M9 9mm pistol as the standard sidearm for the U.S. Army.

The company submitted as its entries the Glock 19 MHS 9mm and the Glock 23 MHS .40cal pistols to the MHD bidding three weeks after getting the official rejection from the GAO. 

Both of these pistols sport a lanyard ring, black ambidextrous controls, manual thumb safety, extended magazines, lack of finger grooves, and also has a flat dark earth colour just like the winning SIG 320 pistol. The photos do not show the threads for a suppressor which is also a requirement for the MHS.

Sig Sauer won the MHS contract to replace the Beretta M9 pistol by submitting the SIG P320 pistol as its entry. The contract is over a 10-year period which should make the company busy for a decade just supplying the U.S. Army. This win was protested by Glock, releasing a statement after its protest was rejected by the GAO:

“By not completing the testing on both proposals on a competitive basis, the Army never determined which pistol would better meet the warfighter’s needs,” said GLOCK, Inc. Vice President Josh Dorsey.  We are confident had the Army completed the testing, the GLOCK 19 would have outperformed the Sig P320, as it had in recent testing conducted by a leading federal law enforcement agency which resulted in GLOCK, Inc. being awarded that contract. GLOCK pistols have been battle proven by select units of the U.S. military forces for the past ten years. GLOCK, Inc. stands with the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and will continue to give them its full support. 

The GAO released a 17-page report which includes a table showing a comparison of both entries when they were evaluated by the Army “under the section M” factors:

Whilst the table may show a close in terms of meeting the technical requirements, what is significant in the GAO document is that Sig Sauer underbid Glock by a US$100 million. Common sense dictates that the contract goes to the company that provides a better price even especially if entries are almost evenly matched. In this case, a better price from Sig clinched the contract.

Still, Glock can just offer these MHS entries to the civilian markets and law enforcement agencies. The company has been making wins especially in police contracts with the latest being the Philippine National Police picking the Glock 17 Gen 4 as their standard service pistol and winning this contract at Sig Sauer’s expense.





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