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The MoD announced Jan. 11 that it has awarded Glock a 9-million-pound contract to supply more than 25,000 Glock 17 Gen 4 pistols.

The deal was signed in late 2012, and a first batch of around 2,000 weapons already has been delivered, the MoD said in a statement. British forces in Afghanistan were among the first to receive the weapon, the statement said.

The Glock 17 replaces the Browning L9A1, which British forces have used for nearly 50 years.

The MoD said the Glock 17 offered more accuracy, more rounds carried in the magazine and was lighter overall. Glock already supplies British police with side arms.

Source: Andrew Chuter for Defense News

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