Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MARSOC Chooses Glock 19s over .45s for Raiders

  The 9mm Glock 19 with a four inch barrel and a 15 round magazine seems to be a “just right” size, which accounts for its popularity with special forces troops as well as with police and civilians. It’s Glock’s biggest selling handgun. The Glock 19 is light and compact, smaller than other service sized handguns like the M9 Beretta and Glock 17, yet not so small that you have trouble getting a good grip on it and shooting it well. Or having to accept a reduced magazine capacity in exchange for more compact size. You can wear it in a holster on an equipment belt or carry it concealed without too much discomfort or trouble keeping it covered. Apparently the MARSOC Marines consider the 9mm cartridge powerful enough for their purposes as well, such that the Glock 19’s smaller caliber versus the .45 ACP MARSOC pistol doesn’t seem to militate sufficiently against its other desirable qualities in their minds.
Posted By: Matthew Cox
Marine Corps Special Operations Command has decided to shelve its custom .45 pistols and outfit its elite Raiders with the Glock 19.
MARSOC has not yet responded to’s questions for the story, but a source familiar the effort said the command made the decision within the last month.
The move, first reported by Jeff Schogol of Marine Corps Times, follows a Marine Corps decision in February that a MARSOC operators to carry Glock pistols, since many of the elite outfit’s members prefer the popular Glock 19 9mm handgun over the custom .45 pistols the service bought them in 2012.
The reliable, easy-to-maintain 9mm pistol features a polymer frame and a 15-round magazine.
The Marine Corps just completed an exhaustive search for a new MARSOC pistol in 2012. The service awarded a $22.5 million contract to Colt Defense LLC., for up to 10,000 Close Quarter Battle Pistols.
The custom, 1911 design replaced the fleet of worn-out MARSOC M45 pistols. It features a rail for mounting lights, a custom trigger, a manual safety, improved ergonomics and glowing Tritium sights for low-light conditions.
The new .45s are nice, but many MARSOC troops prefer to carry Glock 19s instead.
One reason for the change is that 9mm ammunition and Glock replacement parts are available almost anywhere in the world, the source said.
The decision is not that surprising since U.S. Army Special Operations Command has also chosen the Glock 19 for its elite units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment, the source said.

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