The United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) has officially added the Glock 19 to the approved list of sidearms for Special Operations Marines according to the Marine Corps Times. This announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams switching to the Glock 19 as their official sidearm, after years of using the Sig Sauer Mk25 P226. The Marines Special Operations moving towards the Glock 19 makes perfect tactical sense. The Marine Corps is a part of the Department of the Navy, and now special operators from the Navy and Marine Corps will have weapon interchangeability.
When we wrote about the Navy SEAL change it generated a lot of interest, and comment. Though Sig Sauer makes outstanding firearms, and the Mk25 P226 has more than proven its worth, the Sig pistol weighs nearly double the Glock 19. The Sig Mk25 P226 is also a DA/SA hammer fired pistol that is larger than the Glock 19 striker fired pistol. The Glock has a consistent 5.5 lb. trigger pull while the Sig Sauer went from a 10.0 lb. DA trigger to a 4.4 lb. SA trigger. Glock’s are easier to maintain, and have proven themselves with militaries and police forces worldwide.