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New Zealand Defence Force To Replace Current Service Pistol With Glock 17


Earlier this month, the New Zealand Defence Force announced their current SIG Sauer P226 service pistol is to be replaced with the “new generation” (likely GEN 4) Glock 17 pistol. The pistols will be introduced into service across the New Zealand Navy, Army, and Air Force in the second half of 2016.

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Paul of the Land Capability Delivery Branch had this to say about the adoption of the Glock 17 pistol:

“Ensuring we remain a force equipped to succeed means supplying our people with fit-for-purpose personal protection weapons. This is part of our 2020 strategy for enhanced combat capability and we are pleased to be rolling out the new pistols next year.”

Australian company NIOA Nominees Pty Ltd was awarded the $1.8 million contract to supply approximately 1900 Glock 17s to the NZDF. The contract includes the pistols, along with ancillaries and through-life support.

This follows the announcement earlier in the year that the NZDF is replacing the Steyr AUG rifle currently in service with a Lewis Machine & Tool AR-15 pattern rifle. The particular model of rifle has yet to be announced.

Source: www.nzdf.mil.nz/news/media-releases/2015/20151125-nzdftgngp

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7 Responses to “New Zealand Defence Force To Replace Current Service Pistol With Glock 17”

  1. Larry says:

    Very hard to beat a Glock 17 as a 9mm service pistol in many ways.

  2. AJ says:

    I know NZ has a relatively small armed forces so logistics are easier than ours, but hot damn I’m jelly of the way these guys are getting outfitted.

    • Harry says:

      Yeah AJ the army are looking sick when the are kited out. Cant wait when i join in 2018. Also the new (Ar15) loaded out will look mean

  3. ninjaben says:

    Anyone else do the math? That’s $1000 per glock. Why bother with life support, just by twice as many guns.

    • foxhound1R says:

      It’s deceptive how figures work – that capital cost will include things such as spare parts to cover maintainence, tooling, ancillaries such as pistol holsters, some training aids, etc etc

      I could also be wrong but some ammo figures might also be included in that amount so it could look pricey per item, but the cost is trying to factor in the wider ‘cost’ of bringing a new item into service over the existing cost we have budgeted for the pistol fleet.

      • PaulR72 says:

        Also don’t forget that’s NZ dollars. A grand for a new gen Glock wouldn’t be too far above what you’d pay for one in a gun shop here.

  4. Bradkaf308 says:

    How long were the 226’s in service?