In a second surprise move from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the force has selected Glock USA’s entrant to the competition to select a new pistol for the bureau. In October of 2015, the FBI released a new request for proposal (RFP) soliciting from the industry handguns that would conform to its desired specifications; those specs seemed to favor SIG Sauer’s entrant, the P320, as they disallowed the finger grooves characteristic of 3rd gen and later Glock pistols. While many figured that this meant Glock was out of the running, this win suggests the Austrian handgun giant was more than willing (as they should be) to accommodate the FBI’s requests by changing the molds used to create their pistol frames.
Although Glock is known to be the winner of the FBI’s contract, it is not known exactly which model, if any currently available, actually was selected, beyond that it will be in 9mm. In 2014, the FBI announced it would abandon the .40 S&W caliber and re-adopt the 110-year old 9x19mm Parabellum round, citing the almost identical practical terminal effect of the two rounds and a higher possible magazine capacity with the 9mm.
The contract in total is worth $85 million. You can read the solicitation/award document at the FBO’s website, here.
This article was originally published at The Firearm Blog.