I give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) a bit of stick from time to time. OK, I think the agency should be completely dismantled. But if you’re going to have needless federal agents, you want them equipped with the best combat-style pistol money can buy: a Springfield XD-M. Meanwhile, the ATF has announced that it’s awarded GLOCK, Inc. an unrestricted open market competitive firm-fixed Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract. That’s a 10-year, $40 million payday for the Austrian in exchange for an unspecified number of GLOCK 22 Gen4 and GLOCK 27 .40 caliber pistols. Paid for by you and me. And our grandchildren. And their grandchildren . . .
“GLOCK is proud to have been competitively selected by the ATF for this contract,” GLOCK Vice President Josh Dorsey said, proudly. “GLOCK was chosen over others due to the new design features of the Gen4 pistol and GLOCK’s Safe Action System as well as reliability and durability that have made GLOCK pistols famous.
“Our firearms are designed for these individuals to succeed and survive in any situation [up to but not including an appearance on Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader] and we stand ready to not only meet U.S. Government requirements, but to exceed them.”