Hard to imagine any USA law enforcement agency choosing an older, slightly inferior, less expensive, Austrian made pistol over an American made Smith & Wesson. The S&W pistol is a newer, very thorough design, with a high-performance mix of high-tech features, and it has won all kinds of great press reviews. Hard to imagine they would buy from Europe.
Both contracts are probably well in excess of the expected order quantities, such that a majority of the orders could be placed with S&W, using Glock as a back-up.
When I went shopping for a compact semi-auto pistol about a year ago, Glock became my second choice, and what I would have purchased had it not been for the S&W MP40C.
Both are great guns, a friend has owned a Glock compact for many years. He now likes my S&W better.
Government always has two suppliers (minimum) for everything UNLESS there is an emergency mandating exceptional performance. Although it is $40 Mil over 10 years it still adds to the pot and is a good base.
It is likely the different branches will "negotiate" who will use S&W and who will use Glock and order accordingly. Still waiting for more info on the $7 Mil Australian order. Big orders for M&P4 is where the money is at. The sand has got to be raising hell with the Colt products and Afghanistan would be a nice test for a new supplier. My guess is CC tomorrow will have more positive news.
Does anyone know how these contracts work?
It looks like Glock was also awarded a contract not to exceed $40 million.
The description for both the Glock and S&W award state "DJA09S000028 10 weapons"
If there has been an award of a contract S&W would be more than happy to let everyone know. This appears to be an award of a request to bid of which there have been several.
Management informed us a short while ago that the JFK work was done (therefore billed) and will continue to underpromise and overperform.
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Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
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Sep 03, 2010
DJA09S000028 Notice Type:
Award Notice Contract Award Date:
September 3, 2010
Contract Award Number:
Contract Award Dollar Amount:
Not to Exceed $40,000,000
Contractor Awarded Name:
Smith and Wesson Corporation
Contractor Awarded DUNS:
Contractor Awarded Address:
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, Massachusetts 01104-1606
Added: Sep 03, 2010 3:04 pm
Contracting Office Address:
99 New York Avenue, NE
3rd Floor - Acquisitions
Washington, District of Columbia 20226
Primary Point of Contact.:
James M. Huff