Glock .40 S&W Pistols Headed To São Paulo’s Military Police

    Since mid-2017, news has circulated in the local Brazilian media concerning the proposed acquisition of 5,000 .40 S&W pistols by PMESP – Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Military Police) as an initial step to start replacing the agency’s inventory of Taurus-made models in general use since the 1990s. The supply tender was particularly significant since it would be the first time that foreign companies were participating, other than the local Taurus and IMBEL concerns. By the end of 2017, competition had been narrowed to three models, the Beretta APX, the Glock G22 Gen4, and the Sig Sauer P320.

    Military police

    Screen shot shows Glock as the winner for the supply of .40 S&W G22 Gen4 pistols for São Paulo State’s Military Police, pending the approval of samples in a comprehensive test program.

    On January 8, 2018, PMESP’s Centro de Suprimento e Manutenção de Armamento e Munição (Armament and Ammunition Supply and Maintenance Center), in charge of the public tender, announced that Glock had emerged as the winning company based on the lowest unit cost offered for its pistol: R$ 1,600 (about US$ 500), Beretta coming next at a unit cost of R$ 1,677 (US$ 524). Sig Sauer had since abandoned the tender.

    Glock was given the date of January 18 as a deadline to supply a number of pistols to be submitted to a comprehensive test program that is reported to include NATO, NIJ, and German standards, the final signing of the actual purchase contract depending on the test results.

    Ronaldo Olive

    Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.