New Zealand conducts train-the-trainer shoots on new Glock 17

The New Zealand Defence Force recently conducted a round of train-the-trainer courses for soldiers, sailors and airmen who will now go out and train the wider Defence Force on the new Glock 17 pistol.

The new generation Glock 17 pistol will replace the Sig Sauer P226 currently in service with the New Zealand Defence Force.

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The new pistols will be introduced into service across the Navy, Army, and Air Force already rolling out across the force.

Lieutenant Colonel Dean Paul of the Land Capability Delivery Branch said the Sig Sauer P226 pistols were introduced into service in 1992 and were due to be replaced.

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preloaded_aussies“Ensuring we remain a force equipped to succeed means supplying our people with fit-for-purpose personal protection weapons,’’ Lieutenant Colonel Paul said.

“This is part of our 2020 strategy for enhanced combat capability and we are pleased to be rolling out the new pistols.’’

Australian company NIOA Nominees Pty Ltd was awarded the $1.8 million contract to supply the NZDF with about 1900 Glock 17s.

The contract includes the pistols, ancillaries, and through-life support.

NZDF is also acquiring a new service rifle – replacing the Steyr with an AR15-derived longarm by US manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool.

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