Military to use Glock pistols after 40 years of Browning

LONDON Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:09am GMT

1 of 2. Sergeant Steve Lord from the Royal Marine Training School, Lymstone demonstrates the British military's new Glock pistol at Woolwich Barracks in London January 9, 2013. Britain's Ministry of Defence has signed a £9 million contract to provide its armed forces with more than 25,000 new Glock sidearms, which replace the Browning in use for more than 40 years. Picture taken January 9, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The military has changed its standard issue pistol to the Glock after using the Browning for more than 40 years, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.

It said it had awarded a 9 million pound contract to Austrian arms firm Glock for 25,000 guns because their pistol is lighter, carries more bullets and is more accurate than the U.S.-made Browning.

"I have seen this pistol demonstrated in target ranges and am impressed that this new lighter, safer generation of pistol provides better value for money for the MoD," Defence Equipment Minister Philip Dunne said.

(Reporting by Mohammed Abbas; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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