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Glock Protest Rejected, Sig Sauer Will Make Army’s New Handgun

June 06, 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has rejected Glock’s protest over the Army’s selection for the Modular Handgun System contract. Glock was seeking to overturn the Army’s 10-year, $580 million contract given to Sig Sauer.

Sig Sauer and Glock were the finalists in the competition that was launched in late August 2015 to replace the Beretta M9. Glock submitted its Glock 17 and Glock 19 models for consideration. The contract was awarded to Sig Sauer in January to replace the Beretta M9, the Army’s standard firearm since 1985, with the modified Sig Sauer P320. Included in the order are new weapons, ammunition and accessories.

Glock filed the protest in February challenging the interpretation of the solicitation about the minimum number of contracts awarded through the Request For Proposal (RFP). The GAO’s deadline was Monday.

“GAO denied the challenge to the interpretation of the solicitation, finding that the RFP allowed the Army to make only one award, although up to three awards were permitted by the RFP’s terms,” said Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procurement law at GAO. “GAO also denied the challenge to the Army’s evaluation of Glock’s proposal on the basis that any errors did not prejudice Glock in the competition.”

Glock, Sig Sauer or the Army can request for the GAO to reconsider the decision within 10 days.

The Army announced in April that the 101st Airborne will be the first in the Army to use the new handgun later this year.