ATF approves Glock, Smith & Wesson pistols.

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The ATF has awarded "an unrestricted open market competitive firm-fixed Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract" to Glock and Smith & Wesson.

Translated: The contract approves for purchase by ATF and other federal agencies the Glock 22 Gen4 and Glock 27.40, and the Smith & Wesson M&P40 pistols. The potential value of the contract is $40 million over 10 years.

The contract followed an open evaluation of several manufacturers' firearms to provide a commercial off-the-shelf pistol that met or surpassed the ATF technical requirements.

"Glock was chosen over others due to the new design features of the Gen4 pistol and Glock's Safe Action System, as well as reliability and durability that have made Glock pistols famous," said Josh Dorsey, Glock vice president. "Glock's focus remains on providing safe, simple and fast...

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