OK, women. (Tough room.) But OMG! Is PC A-OK in the UK, or what? “MEMBERS of Scotland Yard’s elite bodyguard unit are being armed with smaller, lighter ‘baby’ guns as part of a drive to attract more female officers,” timesonline.co.uk reports. “The move is aimed at recruiting bodyguards with smaller hands. However, critics fear that it could hamper close protection officers who guard the Queen, David Cameron and other VIPs if they have to fend off an attack from terrorists or a lone gunman. ‘It’s a disadvantage because the smaller guns have less firepower and are less accurate,’ said a police firearms expert.” Ya think? On the other hand . . .
Historically, the standard-issue weapon of the Met’s specialist and royalty protection units is the Glock 17, a semiautomatic pistol fed by 17 rounds of ammunition.
The self-loading gun has a magazine that is “double stacked” in a zigzag formation and so requires a wide butt. The replacement weapon for women officers and those with smaller hands is believed to be the “subcompact” version, the Glock 26.
Marketed by its Austrian manufacturer as the “Baby Glock”, the gun has a single magazine with just 10 bullets and therefore requires a smaller butt.
The Glock 26’s barrel is just under 3.5in long, more than an inch shorter than the Glock 17. This makes it a less accurate weapon, particularly at longer range. In a firefight, officers using the “Baby Glock” would have to stop shooting and reload their weapon more frequently that those with the bigger handgun.
Pigeons, say hello to Mr. Cat. He will be amongst you for a bit now. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard has done nothing to help itself by saying nothing about the effectiveness of the weapon in question, and everything about their political agenda.
Scotland Yard said it never discussed details of weapons used by its officers, but stated: “We are committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the community we serve, and this includes specialist areas such as protection.”