UPDATE: France’s New Glock
Earlier this week TFB reported that France had selected the Glock 17 as their new service pistol. The French government confirmed that an order for just under 75,000 pistols had been made.
We now have some more details on the pistol and its features from Glock and the French military. You can find the French government’s statement on the pistol purchase here. Glock have released their own statement on the contract and some great new photos of the gun itself.
The tender for the new pistols was launched in March 2019, with a number of competing pistols evaluated in ‘stringent testing’. The testing involved reliability trials and user field testing with Glock noting in their announcement statement that there was a ‘minimum expected lifetime of 26,350 rounds’ from French evaluators at the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre.
The French military’s new Glock 17s are Gen 5 with black slides and controls and FDE frames. They come with a lanyard and it appears that the holster selected for the new pistol is an FDE Blackhawk T-Series L3D, which has a thumb-activated retention system. As seen above, the French military have opted for Glock’s U-shaped luminescent sights rather than traditional tritium dots.
The procurement was made in conjunction with Glock’s French military market partners Armurerie de la Bourse. The new Pistolets Semi-Automatiques (PSA) will replace the legacy PAMAS G1 (French-manufactured Beretta 92) and the MAC 50 currently in service.
As Eric mentioned in his previous article, the French military have also purchased a training system from UTM, Glock have clarified that the training system is not a conversion kit but a dedicated model, the GLOCK 17T Gen5 UTM.