Yesterday CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) announced the award of a contract for new duty handguns. That contract will be worth an estimated $85 million over the next decade.
What has people all over the interwebz stirred up, however, is word of a Glock 47. Glock 47, they cry, what is that?!
Let’s be clear about this. We don’t need a G47! We have the [insert Glock model here]! Why would any business be so stupid as to release a new handgun just to make $85 million (from the first customer)? I can’t answer that question, though in fairness I wouldn’t have asked it in the first place.
I’m actually more concerned with the repeated number. Remember the halcyon days of 2015? There already is a Glock 47 and it’s chambered in 9×18 Makarov!1 They announced it 01 April, 2015, I remember it very clearly because it was right after the G43 was released. Apparently, Glock is now repeating nomenclature, which would make this the Glock 47 Mk. 2 Gen 5. I think. All the numbers and Ms and Xs and numbers start to confuse me pretty quickly.
For the sake of argument though, let’s assume the new Glock 47 isn’t a typo. That’s a safe bet, as the number 47 appears a couple of times on the graphic from that duty handgun contract (the solicitation for which was announced last July). Let’s also assume it’s chambered in the same good ole fashioned 9mm all the other Glocks are using.2
“Same small parts for every gun in the fleet. 100% small parts commonality across one of the largest and most widely distributed pistol customers on Earth? Fucking horrible idea. You’re right uninvested Internet person.” Jon Canipe
Speaking of the redoubtable JC, I wonder if there will be any issue with Magpul Glock mags in the new G47?3
Does it solve a problem a previous Glock model doesn’t? I have no idea. It does seem to help offer the opportunity to change from a long slide to a shorter slide, and it doesn’t seem like this took a massive amount of engineering to accomplish. Presumably, there are advantages to a weapon of this design…and presumably, even if there weren’t, a savvy firearms manufacturer might go ahead and build it for $85 million+.
“You realize now that if an agency buys the G19 & G47 (two guns) that they get FOUR configurations out of it, right?
•G47 (effectively a G17)
•G45/19X (G19 slide on G47 frame)
•G…17X (G47 slide on G19 frame)
Glocks can now offer the same feature/function of swapping frames and slides that the P320 can… But they’re Glocks, so they get bonus points. I’ll get a G47 just to have the swappable aspects covered since I already have a Gen 5 G19. Between my Gen 5 G34, my 19X, and now this? I still don’t have a reason to buy a G17. I’ll get a G48 when they finally come with the black DLC finish from the factory.” Frank Woods, Tactics & Applications.
I’ll update this article as more information becomes available. In the meantime, I leave you with this compelling image from Jim Davis. The symbolism lies on several levels.
Thank you, Jim. Your profundity will help silence much tomfuckery.
Find more information about the Border Patrol’s new handgun on AmmoLand.
1 From this excellent article on Outdoor Hub: https://www.outdoorhub.com/news/2015/04/01/exclusive-glock-release-long-awaited-single-stack-9x18mm-makarov-glock-47/
2 We actually don’t need to assume, it’s completely true.
3 I’m not really wondering, I just needed an excuse to do an internal link to another article on the site. I could just as easily made a crack about Raven Concealment Systems holsters, or the Glock 48. Oh, wait, I just did.
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