What The DEA Wants For Their Agents

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration last week issued a solicitation for the latest version of Glock’s G29 9mm subcompact for use by their special agents. The notice, posted Friday, is specific in that it seeks 100 5th Generation Glock Model 26 pistols with a 5.5-pound trigger pull and AmeriGlo night sights long with six magazines each.

In a justification posted at the same time, the agency explained that they issue and maintain Glocks for their special agents “in extremely hazardous and unstable conditions,” and that use of the specific model would save money by preventing retraining. “[A]nd most importantly provides vitally important realtime lifesaving advantages during responses by our fighting force battling a war on drugs,” said the agency.

First of the “Baby Glocks,” the G26 has been on the subcompact carry market for over two decades and it is the smallest Gen 5 model produced by the company. Notably, the 10-shot abbreviated semi-auto does not share the same flared mag well that is standard on other guns in the generation but does have a host of other features such as an improved barrel, trigger and grip ergonomics.

Introduced in January and highlighted at industry events, the pistol retails for $799 with AmeriGlo Bold sights installed, $749 with Glock night sights, or $699 with standard sights. The handguns are requested to be delivered to the DEA’s training academy at Quantico, Virginia.

source: guns.com

  • jon

    Wait…So is it the 10mm G29, as stated in the first sentence, the 9mm G19, as illustrated, or the 9mmG26, as stated in the second sentence? Confusing, much?

    • CinciJim

      Well jon, I think we can quickly narrow it down to 2 models; G29 is not (yet) available in Gen5 and it wouldn’t be prudent for any agency to request 100 copies of a firearm that hasn’t been released. (Not that prudence has ever prevented a government agency from wasting our hard-earned dollars.)

      But I agree, the writer of this article either has little understanding of the subject, or doesn’t care enough about it to proof it for clarity or keystroke errors before publication. Clearly the editor has little-to-no knowledge of firearms, to not have caught these inconsistencies. That’s the only explanation I can offer for the accompanying picture. The firearm depicted is clearly stamped G19 while this model is not mentioned in the article at all.

      It just makes me wonder how I can put any worth into the entire article. If the main “character” of the story is ambiguous at best, what else is incorrect? Sadly, because I do like their name, this publication has a way to go before I can put much belief in what their writers and editors offer.

      To summarize, assuming the DEA is in fact ordering 100 new Glock Gen5 handguns, if I had to place a wager based solely on information in this article I’d have to bet on the G26. Even though my logic questions why the DEA would opt for limited capacity in a 9mm; unless it’s intended as a concealed backup.