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Out with the old and in with the new. Marine officials have ditched the .45-caliber Colt 1911. They are choosing to use a 9mm Glock, and here’s why:


“We put our money behind the 9mm round fired by an extremely well-trained marksman carrying a Glock 19,” said Maj. Nick Mannweiler, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. He added the 9mm Glock is the only pistol Marine special operators are allowed to take into battle.

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Just since last year, the MARSOC purchased a whopping 1,654 Glock 19s. This was due to the rise in Raiders need for a second weapon. One that “could be used for both a concealed carry profile and a low visibility profile.”


“Based on lessons learned in our operations, we also took into consideration how well a round could penetrate objects of varying densities and in different environmental conditions,” Mannweiler said. “We concluded that a 9mm round suited our needs.”


The FBI has also begun the transformation from the .45 to the 9mm, which started in June. The FBI actually awarded an $85 million contract to Glock, which will “outfit other law enforcement agencies under the Justice Department and all Offices of Inspector General.

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