Hell freezes over: Russian officials allowed to carry glocks

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Moscow Times reports that on 31 Jan. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing law enforcement officials to carry imported guns for self-defense.

The guns on the allowed list are the Beretta 92, CZ 75 and Glock 17. These are all chambered in 9mm Luger/Parabellum.

Previously they had been limited to the Makarov PM which fires the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge that is more than 30% less powerful than the 9mm Luger/Parabellum.

The Makarov pistol. Photo from AdamsGuns (used with permission)

I suspect this is the first time in the history of the Russian Empire since the Russian Tsar imported the S&W Schofield Revolver in 1880 that officials will be carrying foreign made pistols. Russian ended up canceling a large quantity of their order from S&W and produced clones themselves. Thanks to Brno223 for the correction.

UPDATE: Supernaut let me know in the comments that the internal security police have been using Glocks and other European firearms in a limited capacity for a while now.

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  • Mica Mica on Mar 07, 2012

    intresting about the bolo i wounder if that was with the sholder stock or not ??? \ cuse i know ton,s of em were shiped to china for the shaig hi sheck hmmm \ as for the russians if i had to gusse that probary want to be on a leavel play field with the rest of the world

  • Kagbalete Kagbalete on Jul 27, 2012

    What happened to the "Grach" pistol?

    • Hikerguy Hikerguy on Jul 28, 2012

      @kagbalete It was produced in snall numbers and only used by special forces. Also, it weighed in at 34 oz. to handle the powerful 7N21 +P+ round. The Glock 17 is around 21 oz. in weight. I'd rather carry the Glock all day than the Grach.