So the Brits have inked a deal with the purveyors of Austria's Drastic Plastic and the Glock 17 will become the standard service sidearm of the UK milit'ree, replacing a stock of increasingly decrepit Browning High Powers (which UK SOF had already ditched for the SIG P-226 some time back.)
It's a pretty big feather in Gaston's cap. Sure, the Glock is a common
cop handgun, the closest thing to a universal police sidearm in the US since the K-frame Smith, but it hasn't made huge inroads as a standard service
sidearm, which is what it was designed to be in the first place.
Austria, a couple of smaller NATO armies, some various special ops
units, and a bunch of non-aligned countries and Third World places run
by guys dressed like train conductors, but never adopted as a standard
issue sidearm by one of the Big Boys.
I'm surprised that an order for a tri-service general issue sidearm from the
UK MOD is only 25k units, though. That wouldn't equip the whole New York City Police Department.I guess now that the sun's set on the empire, it doesn't take nearly as many pistols to man the mealy bag walls.