BREAKING: New Glock 19 MHS 9mm & Glock 23 MHS .40 S&W Photos

Phil White
by Phil White
Glocks’ MHS submission, a variant of the G19.

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!

Phil White
Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I'm retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: pete.m@staff.thefirearmblog.com you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • Brian Mumford Brian Mumford on Jul 09, 2017

    I hope Glock makes the safeties available for the consumer market (like S&W). I carry Glocks every day, and I wouldn't use it full time. I would just holster the pistol with the safety on to avoid Glock leg, and then I'd click it off to carry. Moreover, I hope they keep the finger grooves for the subcompacts (26, 27, 33 [I don't care what they do with the G43, I sold mine]). I like the idea of removing them for compacts and full size that you put your pinky on, but it mitigates recoil in my opinion when you only have two fingers on the grip.

  • Hector Rivera Jr Hector Rivera Jr on Jul 10, 2017

    Just proves Glock's arrogance did them in. If Glock had produced a pistol with a manual safety and a grip angle resembling a flat mainspring housing on a 1911 for civilians, they would probably convert more of us 1911 users.

    I tried the Glocks (had 4 in 9mm and .40 S&W) but sold them all. Just not a comfortable grip for me compared to my HK P30S, 1911's or Browning HIPOWER.

    I don't like the Sig P320 grip either.

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