Netherlands goes deeper down the Glock trail
The Dutch Armed Forces (Koninklijke Landmacht, Koninklijke Marine, Koninklijke Luchtmacht and Koninklijke Marechaussee) is reportedly doubling down on the Glock 17, buying another 10,000 Gen 4 models to augment 6,300 guns ordered last year. They will be replacing older Gen 2 guns bought in 1994 which in turn replaced the venerable FN Browning Hi-Power adopted just after WWII and used through the fighting in Indonesia and the Cold War.
The Browning Hi-Power was the NATO standard for more than 40 years with all but a few larger members (U.S., Italy, France, and West Germany who all used domestic designs) adopting the Belgian 9mm. Now they all seem to be going Glock with the same list of exceptions.
The Dutch, which have used Glocks extensively in operations abroad in counter drug operations in the Caribbean as well as in Afghanistan, is in the process of upgrading their small arms and has notably deployed the Dutch rotation for the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania with upgraded Diemaco (now Colt Canada) C7NLD rifles.