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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Placie

The gun enthusiast world was set buzzing recently with the news that Naval Special Warfare would be adopting the Glock 19 pistol to replace the SIG Sauer P226. The Glock has recently become prominent within the American special operations community; Rangers, Green Berets, and Air Force special operators have all informally carried variants of it. More officially, Marine Special Operations Command authorized the use of the Glock 19 for annual pistol qualifications. As the end date for solicitation bids on the Army's controversial Modular Handgun System program approaches, the Glock’s spread throughout U.S. Special Operations Command demonstrates the new standard for combat handguns.

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