Glock 17 will be New Zealand Defence Force's next pistol 42611151

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Glock 17 will be New Zealand Defence Force's next pistol
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has selected a new type of pistol to equip all of its services. The new weapon that will replace the Sig Sauer P226 currently in use is the Glock 17, which will be introduced in service in second half of 2016.
Glock 17 will be New Zealand Defence Force's next pistol
A Glock 17 pistol in the hands of a Dutch soldier. (Photo: Dutch MOD)

The NZD1.8 million contract, for 1,900 pistols, was awarded to the Australian company NIOA Nominees Pty Ltd. In addition to the weapons, the deal includes ancillaries and through-life support.

According to Lt. Col. Dean Paul, of the Land Capability Delivery Branch, the P226 pistols were first used in 1992. He added that in order to ensure that the NZDF remains a force equipped to succeed, it should be equipped with fit-for-purpose personal protection weapons, which is part of the 2020 strategy for enhanced combat capability.

The Glock 17 is 9x19mm “safe action” trigger pistol, weighing 625 gr. unloaded and 905 gr. when loaded. Its magazine has a capacity of 17 rounds, while there are optional magazines for 19 and 33 rounds. It is being widely used all over the world in military and law enforcement agencies.



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