Slovakia Overhauls Pistol Inventory

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Slovakia is overhauling its pistol inventory in the biggest arms deal in the nation’s history. Almost 50,000 handguns are to be delivered to the armed forces, police, and other government departments, in a deal worth $25 million USD. Four new models of pistol are to be delivered, including the Glock 17 Gen 4, CZ 2075D RAMI P, CZ-07 Compact, and full-size CZ-09 handguns. The different models of handguns were adopted to meet the requirements of the different agencies in Slovakia. Jane’s reports:

Slovakia has signed a four-year framework agreement worth EUR22.92 million (USD25 million) on 16 December for the delivery of 46,600 semi-automatic pistols for its armed forces, police, customs officers, prison and court guards, and financial crime investigation services. It is the largest rearmament programme in the history of Slovakian security forces.

The four 9 mm semi-automatic handguns ordered by Slovakia on 16 December (from top): the Glock 17 Gen4 'intervention pistol'; and three CZ 'service pistols': the semi-compact CZ 2075D RAMI P, compact CZ P-07, and standard CZ P-09. (Slovakian Ministry of Internal Affairs)The four 9 mm semi-automatic handguns ordered by Slovakia on 16 December (from top): the Glock 17 Gen4 ‘intervention pistol’; and three CZ ‘service pistols’: the semi-compact CZ 2075D RAMI P, compact CZ P-07, and standard CZ P-09. (Slovakian Ministry of Internal Affairs)

To meet its various requirements, Slovakia is buying handguns chambered in 9×19 Parabellum, along with accessories, from Czech company Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) and Austria’s Glock. Beretta and SIG Sauer (represented by local dealer Rapier) also bid for the requirement, but were unsuccessful.

Due to each of the services’ various needs, the tender was split into two parts, with two types of handguns chambered in 9×19 mm sought: 26,641 ‘intervention pistols’ in three variants (11,841 standard; 7,700 compact and 4,100 semi-compact) featuring a manual safety catch; and 20,000 ‘service pistols’ with only internal safety mechanisms.

Notably absent from the new lineup are any handguns from Slovakian gunmaker Grand Power Ltd, who makes the hammer fired K-100 handgun and the striker-fired Q-100 handgun. It’s unknown to the author at this time whether any Grand Power handguns were even trialled against the four handguns chosen in this deal. Whether Grand Power will attempt to contest this new contract remains a matter for speculation, but it seems like the Slovak government is happy to simply buy from neighboring Austria and their sibling nation the Czech Republic.

This deal also marks the latest success for heavyweight polymer wondernine maker Glock, who also won a contract to re-arm the New Zealand Defence Force last month. Despite being the oldest polymer-framed, striker-fired handgun on the market and having undergone few changes since its original design, the Glock still occupie a very attractive intersection between high quality and low price.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • mig1nc

    Fascinating. I thought the Grand Power K100 was already going to replace their old 9x18Maks.

  • Nigel Tegg

    Good to see the P-09 winning some more contracts

    • When it comes to “intervention” I guess it’s hard to beat 19+1 9mm.

  • thedonn007

    Yea, I am a CZ fan, but this seems like a strange choice. Why not support your own country first?

    • plingr2

      SK government does not like Grand Power.

      • Kivaari

        That would make sense. I am sure they know how those perform.

        • iksnilol

          What do you mean?

          • Kivaari

            I suspect, SPECULATE, that the guns already have a reputation for not working well. Pure guess on my part. But, if the existing reputation is poor, then why bother. National pride is what got Brazil to buy Taurus pistols only to have them fail miserably. Same in Spain, where Llama and Astra folded because they couldn’t make long lasting reliable pistols. Or like in the early ’80s in the USA where Colt and S&W pistol didn’t make it past the first round of testing (USAF) that led to the M9. That was after the Army said they didn’t trust the AF tests and did another round. Where both the Beretta and SIG made it through. The idea then was to eliminate having more models in inventory. So, naturally they also adopted the SIG, various M1911s, various Glocks and various HKs. So much for thinning the inventory.

          • iksnilol

            Ah, you’re thinking that. That’s what’s weird, because they have a good reputation here in Europe. I’m even thinking of going for one over my beloved CZ.

            Only gripe about them is that they’re new. Y’know?

          • Kivaari

            People often have a honeymoon period with a new model. What will tell is time. If they hold up well, then you will see them getting purchased in quantity by governments. Buying a well known weapon that had years to de-bug makes sense. Buying huge quantities of new models is asking for trouble. If the company did not submit pistols they either didn’t have one that meet the standards as to features or they knew they did not perform well enough to make it through trials. Even big companies make crappy guns. Look at the issues with HK, Berretta, FN, Glock, S&W, Colt, Llama, Astra, Taurus, Charter Arm, Remington, Winchester, and the list goes on.

          • Kivaari

            Well, I’ve been around long enough to try all the new wonder guns as promoted by the gun media. Then I buy one or my customers buy them, and then we see how they don’t work. It is not just semi-auto pistols. When Colt introduced stainless steel Anacondas and Pythons, the finish work was so bad that I just stopped ordering them.

          • iksnilol

            But… but… Pythons are the best revolvers ever made (except Dan Wessons and Rugers and Manhurins).

            You probably have a point. It’s just that I haven’t heard bad about them. And I must say, they are very tempting. I mean, I can get a threaded one with a 1000 rounds of ammo for about the same price as a used Glock.

          • Kivaari

            Colt owners, for the most part, admit the revolvers like the Python, Diamondback, Detective Specials and older Troopers wear out way to fast. The lock up is accomplished by the opposing forces of the hand (pawl) and bolt stop (cylinder stop) and they simply wear out. Colt owners that don’t have that problems, are owners and not shooters. In the last years Colt made DA revolvers the work was hideous. Then Colt’s warranty was useless. It was a one year warranty that starts at the day it is made, not one year from when the customer buys it. Shortly before I sold my store and went back into government work I bought a Detective Special for a customer. It was out of time and crudely finished. It didn’t work from day one. I sent it to Colt for repair. I was advised it wasn’t under warranty since it had been made 3 years before I sold it to Doc.
            I had a personal Colt 9mm carbine for police work. Except I couldn’t keep the barrel tight (no gas tube to lock the “star”). Colt wouldn’t fix it and was very rude about it. Other companies were no better. Berretta and Taurus were horrible. Savage made junk rim fire rifles. The Savage center fire rifles were amazingly accurate, but crude. Ruger’s remain crude, but functional.

          • Doug73

            Get one, iksnilol. I bought my Grand Power P1 on a whim when J&G Sales blew them out at $299. I had only heard good things about them, and figured “Well, at $299, as long as it shoots reasonably well and is reliable, it’s a win.”

            Little did I know that not only is the pistol “OK”, I now flat-out prefer it to all my other semi-autos. It is very well machined from quality materials, has the sweetest stock trigger I’ve ever seen in a production gun, has surprisingly little recoil (due to the rotating barrel lockup) and is more accurate than I am. It’s a sleeper pistol if ever there was one.

            I can only assume they aren’t more popular because shooters tend to stick more to big-name guns, and because there hasn’t been a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to introduce the gun. It certainly isn’t because the quality of the gun is lacking in any way. At $299 I now wish I had bought two, because the newest Grand Powers now sell for close to 6 bills or more. Which is a price much more in line with the actual quality you’re buying.

          • iksnilol

            It’d be easy if it wasn’t for legal issues. Y’know. I can only really have one pistol in one caliber (kinda, it’s a bit complicated).

            If i was doing the illegal stuff, I’d get both. Think I am gonna take a chance with the Grand Power when the time comes.

          • Doug73

            Actually, Grand Powers have a fantastic reputation. The CEO of Grand Power chimed-in on this very thread (go see the first comment) to explain why his company didn’t participate. As is often the case with government procurement, the winners were pre-selected. And it had nothing to do with the quality of the home-grown choice.

            Being the owner of a Glock 17, CZ P-07 and Grand Power P1 myself, honestly…of the three I prefer the Grand Power. It has the durability and reliability of the former, with the ergonomics of the latter. GP makes great pistols.

          • Kivaari

            I have no direct knowledge of the GP. I’ve never seen one in a local store, but I haven’t been looking. Since I am winding down my golden years looking at new pistols to buy is low priority. I have handguns that represent what I used as a police officer. S&W .357 K-frame and Glock 17 and 19. Not like the old days when I had a dozen duty guns and a dozen off-duty guns. Nothing like the time I owned a gun store where anything of interest was tested by me. With giving the customer a bargain when they bought the used gun after I fired 50-100 rounds. If the GP does work well and has the durability of a Glock, then it is indeed a fine pistol. I’ve ignored most of the DA to SA pistols especially those made in a CZ75 pattern. I never liked the CZ75 from the first time I handled one. Then the clones, like the Tanfoglio’s, they were not well made, and they hadn’t improved the trigger reach.

    • David Copping

      The owner of Grand Power will not pay bribes for political influence.

      • Hey a little Baksheesh for bang bang is fair trade.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I know, because it’s nearly impossible to get a CZ P07 through my dealer right now
    They got in 5, and they were gone the next day :/

  • Christopher Armour

    I just bought a PCR, and I still want a P07. CZ’s makes fantastic firearms.

  • Jaroslav Kuracina

    The public tender for the supply of pistols was manipulated and its conditions were discriminatory. The requirements could be met only by one bidder, the tender winner that was already known in advance. The requirements were set forth in such a manner that even Beretta and Sig Sauer could not comply with them and were excluded. Only one competitor thus qualified as eligible in the competition. The result: while the Slovak Police are buying the CZ P07 pistol for 265 Euros, they are buying the pistol case for 150 Euros and the rail-mounted light for 240 Euros. 
    Grand Power refused to take part in this competition.

    • @jaroslavkuracina:disqus
      Thank you for your comment.
      Do you have a website link for the contract information? I’d like to read it and share it with the author, @nathaniel_f:disqus

    • Interesting, please do email me when you return to the office.

    • Edeco

      Wow, interesting O.O

      Hey, I’m craving the Roxor here in the US. GP could have the full-size, full-capacity tactical/practical 380 niche to itself, to the best of my knowledge…

    • Interesting that the weapon light was within 25 Euros of the pistol.

    • Kovacs Jeno

      The Slovakian situation is still better than Hungarian: the last police pistol tender was worded exactly for the SIG P250. No other pistol in the world was “competitive”.
      Later the court simply terminated the tender entirely.

    • yvette99

      Not to say that the Slovak competition wasn’t rigged, but having an RFP tailored so that only one vendor qualifies isn’t that unusual here in the U.S. I’ve seen RFPs that were basically a vendor’s spec sheet. Sometimes it’s done to avoid having to justify a sole-source RFP, but most often it’s because the agency knows exactly what it needs and who has it. Of course, sometimes that just means that the agency listened to a convincing marketdroid. Did the Slovaks do a sources-sought announcement (market survey) before issuing the formal tender?

  • Brocud

    And the pistols being replaced are… ?

    • De Facto

      Whatever they are, they are hopefully soon to be exported to the US 😀

      • Kivaari

        They have been available for quite awhile. They qualify as C&R firearms.

      • Art out West

        VZ82/CZ82 – Hopefully they are headed our way. The supply has been drying up a bit lately. I bought two several years ago and like them.

        • Edeco

          Verily! They must be rendered forth. I looked at one in about 2006, but at the time didn’t want the issue in case I had to move to a full-capacity-unfreindly area.

    • M

      Vz 82s used by the police and military

  • Ax

    Why would you buy two models of full size 9mm at once? Why not decide if you want external safeties or not and then move with just one full size 9 mm pistol? Who will be using the Glocks?

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      It is kind of implied, that the Army will use Glock and civilian security departments will use the various other handguns with external safeties.

  • insertjjs

    I thought that the 2075 RAMI P was discontinued because of the Frame bulging in 2011.

  • KoyoteTan

    Wow. A government that can purchase without fiat money or issuing bonds.

    • Paul Epstein

      Governments literally only purchase things three ways. You’ve mentioned two of them. The other is collecting taxes. None of them are perfect.

      • KoyoteTan

        Taxes are how they pay back the bonds. We are only now paying back the highway expenditures of the 50-70s. Not just imperfect. Self-destructive.

        • Paul Epstein

          If the expenditures allow for greater potential tax revenue over time, and the highways are a great example of a program that has dramatically increased the size of the economy, then just like a business the government made a wise decision to borrow in order to finance expansion. And the US government pays VERY low interest rates, compared with the good that come come from projects like the internet or highway system or dams or any number of other projects which created infrastructure.

          Unfortunately, when we bought those bonds the predicted taxes were based on existing brackets, which have somehow mysteriously altered themselves whenever congress needs re-election funds.

  • a

    P07 and P09 are fantastic weapons. Recently bought a .40SW P09 for $385, brand new shipped to FFL. Sweet trigger, too.

  • Ed

    Either they be alot more training to switch to the new pistols or like Russia they’ll say a BIG speech new and improved, while more officer stay with legacy pistols.

  • MPWS

    Most enlightening as far as “procurement” process of Slovak gov’t defence and interior ministries works. This in comparison with its western neighbour is nothing that new or surprising. I have read quite a bit of it in past on local (Czech) source; it all sounds like a racket.
    Mr. Kuracina made sound decision not to attend this “contest”.

    A learning to be taken by people in other countries is to watch for similar tendencies; its not isolated.

    • MPWS

      Oh yeah and next thing you will see is purchase of new rifle. And guess who it will be; they have already sister plant in Slovak republic.

      • mig1nc

        Bren 806?

  • Riot

    I did some adding up using the costs reported by a few articles.

    Without VAT, which is how buying is announced for some, the total cost is less than half of the contracts spending at 12.38 million euros – with VAT it is 14.85 million, even with the 1% higher czech rate on their guns it is 14.9.

    There is no way any accessories/manuals, transport etc – even 2 warehouses in slovakia to put the slides on the frames, is worth more than half the contract.

    • Kivaari

      Wouldn’t governments be exempt form the VATs? In the USA agencies do not have to pay the federal excise tax.

      • Riot

        Honestly depends how they interpret EU law.
        They should be able to ignore it or pay it to themselves since slovakia is the buyers country.
        I stated it to pre-empt any daft “it’s mostly tax” nonsense, which is why I also did CR’s 21% vat.

  • Kivaari

    It is odd to me that they are buying Glock 17s, but not the compact variants. It makes sense to me to issue pistol having the same methods of firing, takedown and maintenance.

  • Simcha M.

    Um, what’s an “intervention” pistol??

    • 624A24

      Like, y’know,

      “Suspect, stop or I shall intervene!”

      *Fires pistol*

      *Suspect continues charging*

      *Intervention intensifies*

    • iksnilol

      Probably a pistol intended for more “offensive” use than a “regular” pistol which is pretty defensive.

    • john huscio

      SWAT pistols

  • Esh325

    Honestly it seems like they could did the job with 2 or 3 of these pistols opposed to 4

    • Edeco

      Yep, they ordered a gun salad. Oh well, not my zoo/monkey.

  • tazman66gt

    getting ready for the Russian “Eastern Expansion”?

    • john huscio

      Wouldn’t that be “western expansion”?

      • tazman66gt

        Yea, you’re right, was half asleep when I wrote that.

  • Yallan

    Don’t bring a pistol to a rifle fight.

  • FarmerB

    I suppose there’s a bit of a translation issue: the 2075 is a sub-compact and not semi-compact?

  • pbla4024

    Intervention pistol: length 200-210mm, height 136-141mm, width 29-36mm, barrel 112-128mm, weight 840g, magazine 16 rounds, striker fired, trigger of type Safe Action of similar, pull 23-37N, polymer frame.