The Swedish Security Service has chosen Glock as a supplier for their duty pistols. This means that the current SIG Sauers will be replaced by various 9mm Glocks. The approved and chosen models are the Glock 17, 19 and the sub-compact 43X, but there are no details as to which generation. The Swedish Police have been testing no less than twelve different pistols, but earlier this year the Swedish Security Service, which is independent of the Police, left the specific evaluation to continue on their own. The result is now official.
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The Swedish Security Service (abbreviated SÄPO in Swedish) employs around 1,400 people, mainly out of Stockholm. About 50% of the staff have regular Police training and work with close protection, investigations or surveillance. The Security Department where we can assume most of these Glocks will be found is responsible for protective security and dignitary protection.
So what will the “ordinary” Police force chose and when? According to the article in Polistidningen, the Security Police’s decision does not affect the procurement that is underway at the Police. The procurement is handled by two different authorities and the end result may vary. It may be worth adding that the Swedish Army also uses the Glock 17 (named Pistol 88).
What do you think about their choice? I am a little surprised that they did not choose a crossover model like the Glock 45 (MOS or not) instead of the Glock 17 and 19.
For more information about the Swedish Police and their evaluation please check our previous article from 2019: “The Swedish Police is looking for a new service pistol for 2020“.
Source: Polistidningen / Swedish Police Magazine (in Swedish). All pictures of Glock handguns from the Glock website.