Iraqi police recruits learn to fire 9mm Glock 19s under the instruction of Marines and Iraqi army personnel in Al Anbar province during April 2007. Members of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command are now authorized to use the popular pistol.
Photo Credit: Lance Cpl. Charles Howard, U.S. Department of Defense
Glock's dominance of the modern semi-automatic pistol market is owed to their relative low cost and reputation for AK47-like reliability. That is a particular advantage for those who operate in austere conditions where sand, mud, dirt, water or snow make pistols prone to malfunction. Additionally, their polymer frame is corrosion resistant, which meets the needs of a maritime force working around salt water. Finally, the Austrian pistol's worldwide popularity among good and bad guys alike makes it easy to find accessories and spare parts when needed.
MARSOC has not yet determined which holster it will use with the G19.
"Standard holsters for this item are pending source selection," the force-wide message states. "Command approved holsters are authorized for this item until source selection is complete."
A Gen4 9mm Glock G19.
Photo Credit: Rob Curtis/Staff, Gannett Government Media