As we all know the competition between Glock and SIG for the military contract has created a great deal of coverage in recent months. While it may seem the story is over with the award given to SIG there is another side of this story that has not been addressed. I’ve obtained a good deal of information in the past week which will be published later this week. We have a brief overview of Glock’s protest here.
In the meantime I wanted to share these photos of the pistols Glock entered into the Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition. The pistol are named the 9mm Glock 19 MHS and the .40 S&W Glock 23 MHS.
While the contract was for 9mm Glock also produced a Glock 23 MHS model in 40 S&W. Unlike other participants in the competition Glock only submitted one pistol rather than a full size and then a compact. The Glock 19 MHS has a Glock 17 frame with lanyard hole on the base of the grip as well as a flared magwell. The slide is from a Glock 19. Of course, the frame was shortened to accommodate the model 19 slide.
The MHS also has a manual thumb safety. The first Glock pistol with manual safety was developed at the request of the Austrian Army in 1982. This iteration of the safety is ambidextrous and marked S and F. As you can see the rest of the pistol is pure classic Glock.
The magazine photos are also in the desert tan type color. They come in standard Glock 17 capacity as well as extended magazines. From what I’ve been able to find out there has been no discussion on these being available to the public as yet. Time will tell. (UPDATE: Glock confirmed this pistol will not be offered to the public). Glock USA says they are definitely not offering manual safeties to law enforcement or military contracts in the future, this was a once off design and will not be offered again.
The full article I mentioned in the beginning will be posted by Friday at the latest. Enjoy the photos!