U. S. Coast Guard Selects and Fields GLOCK Pistols

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- GLOCK, Inc., a global leader in firearm manufacturing, is proud to announce that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has selected and begun fielding the GLOCK pistols after a thorough review of testing results.

The USCG operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime with a maritime law enforcement mission with jurisdiction in domestic and international waters. The USCG is charged with protecting America’s economic, national, and border security as America’s maritime first responder. With missions of search and rescue, homeland security, and national defense, the USCG requires a reliable sidearm that performs in all conditions and harsh elements.

After careful evaluation of existing federal contracts supported by GLOCK, the USCG selected to purchase through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) contract the GLOCK 19 Gen5 MOS as the standard service pistol. USCG acquisition objective was fulfilled by GLOCK within four months of the initial purchase request. CBP’s extensive solicitation process, which included independent testing by the Institute of Justice Laboratories, comprehensive field evaluations, and direct input from 16,000 CBP law enforcement personnel, helped guide the selection by USCG.

GLOCK 19 Gen5 MOS Photo Credit: GLOCK, Inc.
GLOCK 19 Gen5 MOS Photo Credit: GLOCK, Inc.

“GLOCK is honored to support the requirements of the USCG and provide a weapon solution that delivers on unmatched performance and value in any environment,” said GLOCK, Inc. VP Josh Dorsey. “The comprehensive testing and evaluation process conducted by CBP demonstrated the GLOCK pistols lasting reliability that instills confidence in those who use it to go into harm’s way.”

The CBP award incorporates GLOCK’s newest 5th Generation technology pistols. For more information about GLOCK Gen5 technologies, visit us.glock.com.

About GLOCK, Inc.GLOCK, Inc.

GLOCK is a leading global manufacturer of firearms. The simple, safe design of GLOCK’s polymer-based pistols revolutionized the firearms industry and made GLOCK pistols a favorite of military and law enforcement agencies worldwide and among pistol owners. In 2021, GLOCK will celebrate its 35th Anniversary in the United States. Renowned for featuring three safeties, GLOCK pistols offer users of every lifestyle confidence they can rely on. GLOCK, Inc. is based in Smyrna, Georgia. For more information, please visit us.glock.com.

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When Glock came out back in the 1990s in the U.S., the salt water test proved the Glock, basically, impervious. CG will be well-served. SOF Magazine tossed their “plastic gun” in a mud puddle at the gate to their shooting range. It stayed there all day as vehicles ran over it. As the testing crew was leaving, they remembered the Glock. They picked the gun out, did NOT clean it, loaded it and fired 500 rounds without any mishaps. They changed their tune, just as I did. I love my 1911s, but my Glocks are fine pistols….not to mention 14… Read more »


I got myG17 for Christmas in 1990, and it still is by my side.


Too bad the rest of our armed services didn’t have the good sense to go with Glocks.


The Operational Testing of the two models was a wash – reportedly less than a 3% difference as noted below. Also note that the testing process involved, if I remember right, 7 different factors – and only 1 of the 7 involved the actual “shooting” of the weapon. As widely reported, the choice came down to cost, not performance…hmmm. As the GOA quote states, the decision was primarily a financial one. The sad part is that the “best value” for the government might not be the same as the “best value” for the operator – but then the bean counters… Read more »


I am SURE Sig put a bunch of the purchasing people’s kids through college.
After reading the tests, Glock won, BUT, minor things the purchasing and procurement people wanted changed the outcome. Not to mention the bragging rights.


Good for Glock USCG made a good choice. I love my SIGS as well but good for the Glock line.