The Navy SEALs Might Have Selected A New Pistol Of Choice foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com reports. The injection of the word “might” into the website’s clickbait paean to the glories of the GLOCK 19 gives foxtrotalpha plausible deniability. And rightly so. There’s no official statement that the SEALs are ditching their SIG SAUER P226 or P229 handguns for Gaston’s gat. Chasing the link backwards through four websites, we arrive at the original source: a post by a verified SME named Rana on M4Carbine.net. And here it is:
Looks like the Glock 19 will be the new 9mm pistol of Naval Special Warfare.
The SIG’s are still in service but are to be phased out in favor of the Glock Model 19.
I am not sure what generation, but based on those G19 already in service with SOF I’d say the Gen 3 is likely.
I will follow up when I get more issued than holsters et al.
The gunblogoshpere is alight with attaboys: armchair warriors praising the GLOCK 19. According to the aforementioned Rana it’s a “lighter more efficient package” than the SIG P229 and/or P226. Yes, well, if past experience is our guide, the swap, should it occur, is more likely to do with price and lobbying than anything else.
For my part, I reckon the SIG is just as reliable as a GLOCK and has a superior trigger. The SIG’s heavier weight tames recoil better than a GLOCK. And the SIGs’ ergos are superior to the GLOCKs. None of which makes any difference – unless accuracy is your number one priority. Say, if you were an operator operating operationally.
Not to mention the fact that the new SIG SAUER P226 and P229 Legion Series may be the best carry guns ever produced by hand of man – if you discount a well-made 1911. But what do I know? This much: the military’s definition of “best” doesn’t stretch to $1000 pistols for all Spec Ops folks. More’s the pity . . . [h/t GuyFromV]