Pistols complement a wide range of weapons available to front line troops and are vital in a close combat situation.
The Glock 17 Gen 4 – to give the new pistol its full title – is much lighter than the Browning and is also more accurate.
Its magazines can carry more bullets – 17 compared with its predecessor’s 13.
It is the first new pistol to be introduced into the military for more than 40 years and is being supplied under a £9million deal with Viking Arms in Harrogate.
In total, 25,000 Glock 17s have been ordered and troops deployed to Afghanistan were among the first to use the new weapon.
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