Marines go Glock
The Glock 19M won a 2016 award from the FBI to provide agents with a decent duty handgun in 9mm with a number of features that were different from the Gen4 G19, such as lack of fingergrooves on the grip, a flared magwell, and other misc internal changes. The 19M, with a few tweaks, became the Glock Gen5 G19 which hit the market a couple months back.
Now, it seems like the Marines have piggybacked on the FBI contract and have acquired 400 19Ms (dubbed, and no this is serious– the M007) to equip members of HMX-1– the famous “Marine One” unit responsible for the transportation of the President and other dignitaries– as well as military and civilian investigators of the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division. This shouldn’t be too surprising as standard Glock 19s have been used by MARSOC units off and on for a couple years and they have had NSN numbers for a decade.
Some 19Ms are also reportedly headed to Afghanistan with 2MarDiv members who have a need to be armed in dangerous situations at all times– likely to help balance the odds in green-on-blue encounters.
More in my column at Guns.com.