French Marines receive first Glock 17s
The first French marine unit has received new Glock 17 sidearms that were procured under the Military Programming Law (Loi de Programmation Militaire – LPM) 2019-2025. Training with the 6th Engineering Regiment, part of the 19th Marine Brigade, began in Angers on 10 February, the French MoD announced on 12 February.
A total of 1,040 Glock 17s have been ordered under the LPM, 520 of which have been delivered to date. By 2022, more than 38,000 of these pistols will be delivered to army units, according to a French MoD spokesperson.
The Glock-17 replaces the in-service PAMAS G1 and PA MAC 50 pistols. The PAMAS G1 is a version of Beretta 92FS. It was produced by Manufacture D'Armes de Saint-Étienne (MAS) and has equipped the French armed forces since the 1990s.
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