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the keefe report

I

n the words of Connor MacLeod,
"There can be only one." That
line, of course, is from the 1986
movie "Highlander." Regardless, when
it comes to the Modular Handgun
System (MHS) trial to determine the
next service pistol for the U.S. Army,
it would appear that a version of the
SIG Sauer P320 will eventually be the
one to wear the U.S. M17 name.
The most recent news regarding the
MHS was that the protest filed with
the Government Accounting Office
by Glock, Inc., had been denied. In a
piece I wrote about the GAO announcement on June 5, I mentioned that
there was quite an uproar online
regarding why Glock's protest was
denied. The GAO gave some of its reasons, but this did not stop the speculation on social media, which included
assertions that Glock did not meet the
requirements of the Army's Request For
Proposal. That is a supposition firmly
denied by Glock on June 28.
Here's an example of the online
backlash: "First. The Glock was not
100% modular. Second, the Glock did
not have the REQUIRED manual safety
and Glock refused to install one."
In another comment, the following
questions, too, were raised: "Did the
military change the requirements? I
thought they required a manual safety.
Or was this why it was denied?" There
were more, many more. And some
expletives may have been involved.
According to a statement from
Glock's vice president of operations,
Josh Dorsey, "GLOCK, Inc. met or
exceeded all of the mandated threshold
requirements set forth in the RFP by
the Army." Glock has some folks that
know their way around the government
contracting system, and there is no way
they would whiff on a thumb safety.
Images have been released of the
actual Glocks made for the MHS trials
(one is shown here). Despite speculation, the MHS guns were not G17s
(9 mm Luger) or G22s (.40 S&W), they
were actually G19 slides with abbreviated G17-style frames in 9 mm-and
if you look, there are no finger
grooves on the frame.
While there is no chassis and shell
(which kept Glock outside of Steyr's

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patent claim, a story for another time),
current Glocks offer the firm's MBS or
Modular Backstrap System, allowing
some accommodation for hand size.
There do not appear to be any replaceable side panels. Whether the Army
considered the frame with MBS versatile enough is unknown. Interestingly,
if you look closely you will see an
unobtrusive lanyard loop on the base
of the grip frame.
The Glock pistols submitted for the
trial had some features unfamiliar to
most of the Austrian maker's pistols,
including slide locks on both sides.
Also, there is a bilateral thumb safety
included on the frame behind the
slide lock. On the left side it is a shallow paddle, but on the right side it is
a lever that extends from the recess at
the back of the frame for the mechanism housing pin.
I have been told that Glock has no
immediate plans to offer an MHS version of the G19, but now that I have
had a look at it, I think it is something that would appeal to quite a few
shooters. When it comes to the actual
U.S. Army contract, Connor MacLeod
was right. But other makers that vied
for the XM17 have introduced a new
generation of commercial sidearms with
much appeal for the shooting public.
The FN 509 is already available and was
covered here (July 2017, p. 54), and
the Beretta APX pistol has been covered
(August 2017, p. 64), too.
Who knows what Glock's management is thinking, but perhaps it
would be nice were a G19 MHS to
appear on the shelves next to its
fellow XM17 competitors. I must say
I find the bilateral thumb safety version of the G19 the most interesting
Glock development since the rollout of
the single-stack G42.
Sincerely,

american rifleman


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