Moscow Kills $6,000 Glock Handgun Deal

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The Russian government has cancelled their order for Glock 17 and Glock 26 pistols after an investigation found that the pistols were being purchased for $6,000 each. These normally retail for approximately $550-$600.  Russia’s Deputy Head of Defense Contracting has resigned. Jane’s reports

Russia’s Federal Defence Contracts’ Service has cancelled a planned order from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for Austrian-made Glock pistols, following criticism that the contract was overpriced.

The order has become known in local media as the ‘Golden Gun’ deal, which was destined to equip a Russian special forces unit, and was cancelled on 25 October.

An “audit found that the contracting authority unreasonably inflated the proposed contract price. Other agencies purchase these guns almost four times cheaper”, the MoD said.

The Deputy Head of Defence Contracting, Alexander Dombrowsk, has since resigned.

Not necessarily an exact comparison, but the Pentagon pays Beretta just under $500 per M9 pistol (including spare parts).

Thanks to Albi for the tip.




Steve Johnson

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  • bbmg

    *gasp* corruption in Russia!?!?

    The amazing thing is not that it was going to happen, but that it was actually stopped.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      If it was $3,000 nobody would have noticed … greed

      • Eddie_Baby

        Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered.

        • eric

          Good one

    • madmudder209

      Thats what they do here. The gov. pays 10,000k for a hammer in the U.s.!! When it costs $20!!!! THey wonder why we are broke!!!!!!!!!!!

      • TCBA_Joe

        That whole parallel is incorrect. The people looking at that took each item in a contract and devided the number of pieces and divided it by the purchase price. That meant $10K hammers and $10K jet engines. While I don’t disagree the gov over pays on it’s purchases, that whole andidote is often misused.

        • John Daniels

          Do you mean “anecdote”?

          • El Duderino

            I have some snake anecdote laying around. Think it was written by Pat McManus. :)

      • Parnell

        And if you think that money didn’t wind up in the “black” budget, I have a hammer I’ll sell you for only 2,000K.

  • floppyscience

    I’m not at all surprised given Russian politics.

    “Other agencies purchase these guns almost four times cheaper”

    Wow, just over $1500 each? That’s MUCH better!

    • Maths

      Actually that’s closer to 375$ each…

      • allannon

        Er…your math seems to be off, Maths.

        If the contracted rate was $6,000, and ~4 times the rate other agencies, then the other agencies were acquiring at $1,500 per. $375 would be 1/16th the price quotes in the higher of the two contracts.

        • Math mathter

          No, your wrong, dividing it by four is 1500. But four times key word times is closer to 375 like he said. 6000 becomes 3000 becomes 1500 becomes 750 becomes 375. 4 “times” reduced. Check your 2nd grade math class if you have questions.

          • Cymond

            “Other agencies purchase these guns almost four times cheaper”

            How are you interpreting “four times cheaper” as (1/2)^4?? When people say “four times” they usually mean *4 not ^4. And what made you divide the price in half at all?

          • allannon

            I think he’s trolling.

          • mike

            It’s “you’re”, not “your”.

      • floppyscience

        I think your calculator is very, very broken.

  • CowardlyHero

    “Other agencies purchase these guns almost four times cheaper” they still buy them for $1,500?

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      For a small quantity plus export costs plus import red tape plus spare parts plus training … $1,500 would not be terrible.

      • iksnilol

        No Glock is worth 1500$, maybe if the frame was solid 24 gold. You could buy CZs for 500-600$ a piece and they are much better for most of the population (some people actually find Glocks ergonomic, I know it sounds crazy).

        • The Forty ‘Twa

          These kind of contracts don’t tend to be for the price of the gun itseld, they typically have all sorts of extras thrown in like training, parts and all that jazz like Steve mentions. Looking at it as $1500 per Glock is misleading.

        • Steve (TFB Editor)

          Having worked in a number of roles in the gun industry (USA only) I can tell you that red tape drives up costs significantly, especially importing.

      • mikewest007

        Actually, a few years ago the local cops needed 25000 new pistols, and the winning bid came from Bumar, who offered licensed, locally manufactured Walther P99s for “under $300″ a pop, including a holster. If we can do it in Poland, I can’t see how Russia, with much bigger firearm industry, would need five times that.
        By the way, one of the earlier bids was won by Glock, so at least in some parts of Warsaw you can see cops carrying those.

  • Cliff Miller

    Your comparison of the Glocks to the Beretta M9 needs no qualification.

  • bbmg

    What exactly is wrong with domestic Russian pistols though?

  • LCON

    $1500? That’s including holsters, laser/light maybe even a can right?
    I thought the boys in Moscow were buying Arsenal strike ones.
    as the Russian saying goes “fish rot from the head first.”

    • Charlie Rosario

      In Argentina us$1500 stock.

      • J.Stew

        Yeah but you guys have great steaks…kinda makes up for it. :)

        • Steve (TFB Editor)

          You cannot eat a glock ;)

          • LCON

            Well you could try but it’s really a mess to clean up afterwards and the Coroners office gets involved tends to just be a bad idea all around.

      • Steve (TFB Editor)

        Doesn’t Argentina have huge import taxes and foreign currency restrictions? Or am I thinking Brazil? Because those laws would drive up the price.

  • http://www.fnhusa.com/ Kyle Sarver

    Why don’t they just buy the Arsenal Strike One.

  • Charlie Rosario

    Here in Argentina us$1500

  • dan

    with the many thousands of russian troops (training) here in the USA…they could buy them right here and save money…….which may be why they killed the deal…..just saying….Semper Fi

    • Jboz

      Do you know why the Russians are training in the US? Because our military won’t turn against us, the Russians will.

      • go4it

        That’s – ultimately – how B.H.O. intends to enforce his crippling “gun control” agenda: Have Russian forces do it.

        He doesn’t intend to leave office, folks …….

    • Esh325

      Apart from a few joint exercises, I’ve never heard of thousands of Russian troops training in the USA.

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        That’s because it never happened or will
        A renewed agreement between the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry and FEMA only allows for the exchanging of emergency management experts, not security or military personnel.

        • Fox218

          Are you sure about that Phil? When I was at Ft. Benning in 2011 I got to check out OCS defac and there were some
          Ruskies in uniform at the dining facility.

          • Guest

            That was in October. I know Nov 9 of 2011 General Lieutenant Vladimir B. Zarudnitskiy visited the Maneuver Center of Excellence. But they were there before that.

  • Joe Dirt

    People seem to realize that these glocks were made in Russia which makes them worth 6k :)

    • J.Stew

      I don’t know about $6K but I would pay good money for a Russian manufactured Glock 17…just as a novelty/collectors item…

  • Lance

    On Glocks defense they had to make up for there cheap prices here in the US for an

  • Sean

    Do you mean a Russian official approved a corrupt deal to line his own pockets? Wow. I am shocked.

  • Ray

    $600 for the GLOCK, $5400 for the Vodka to make it ROCK~ : P

  • percynjpn

    At least they had the sense to cancel the deal. If it were the Pentagon, they would have said “ok, whatever”.

  • BeeKaaay

    $600 to Glock, $5400 to cronies. That’s a bargain for a corrupt government. Over half a billion to a crony like Solyndra, well, that’s OK according to our government.