GLOCKs may not win any beauty pageants, but they work. When they first came out, GLOCKs faced a lot of scrutiny and skepticism over the polymer frames’ durability and reliability (especially after the factory recalled the entire first run). In a few short years, GLOCK’s popularity skyrocketed.
Today, almost two-thirds of US law enforcement agencies use GLOCK products. [ED: there are stories of generous not-to-say illegal incentives used to market the product.] Non-LEO Americans have bought millions more. But now, with the US Army adopting the SIG P320 to replace the Beretta 92, will law enforcement begin to trend away from GLOCK “perfection” towards the modular SIG?
The P320 has a lot going for it. Its innovative design allows users to change calibers, frame sizes and even swap out lower frames to accommodate various user hand sizes. The triggers of each I’ve tried excel right out of the box. No trigger jobs necessary. The new P320 has also proven itself reliable.
Time will tell if SIG will take a giant chunk out of GLOCK’s marketshare. Plenty of people don’t have much love for Gaston’s creation. For my part, I like the ubiquitous GLOCK. All of mine get night sights which makes them easier to find after unfortunate boating accidents. They also get 3.5-pound trigger connectors. While some folks replace all manner of parts, in my mind, fewer alterations makes for greater reliability.
Will departments spring for new SIGs to replace their GLOCKs? My guess is no. Adopting a new sidearm carries all the the costs of the guns along with new duty gear (holsters, mags, mag pouches) and the additional training required. Frankly (and sadly), most departments struggle to provide re-qualification training, much less the cost of adopting a new pistol platform.
Which way would you go?