By David Crane
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April 1, 2013
Last updated on 4/02/13.
Update: Looks like the last paragraph of our story below is unfortunately true. The Guns.com article was apparently an April fools joke. DR just spoke with one of our Glock contacts, and he told us Glock has no plans to release a carbine. So, we went to the actual article on Guns.com itself (the piece had been sent to us), and sure enough, at the bottom was an April Fools graphic. Oh, well. Here's our reportage of the Guns.com piece, anyway:
Looks like the SIG-Sauer SIG MPX-series (MPX MPX-C, and MPX-K) multi-caliber submachine gun (SMG)/carbine/SBR (Short Barreled Rifle) just got some competition. Guns.com just pubished a heads-up exclusive on a tactical AR-15-carbine-config Glock pistol-caliber carbine/SBR that the company will reportedly introduce at the 2013 NRA Show. The first versions/models will be chambered in 9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO, .40 S&W and .357 SIG with a fourth-quarter 2013 target release, but it's being reported that 10mm and .45 ACP versions are likely slated for a 2014 release.
Obviously, being a pistol caliber carbine, the new Glock carbine will utilize Glock pistol magazines. So, the 9mm Parabellum/9x19mm NATO version will be able to utilize 33-round Glock 18 (G18) mags. DefenseReview assumes the first models will be semi-auto-only and therefore avaiable to civilian tactical shooters, but it would seem logical that at a select-fire/full-auto version will also be offered to military and law enforcement personnel, at some point.
The article states that the new Glock Carbine will reportedly operate via direct blowback, so "the bolts and bolt carriers compatible with existing pistol-caliber AR parts". Guns.com reports that Glock is considering offering the new carbine with a permanently-mounted Tactical Solutions (TacSol) X-Ring SB-X Barrel-type barrel-shroud/muzzle-shroud setup as an option.
Price is yet to be determined, but whatever it costs, it will most likely be significantly less expensive than the SIG MPX. As long as it meets Glock's reliability, accuracy and durability standards, it should compete just fine.
DR sincerely hopes this isn't an April fools joke. The markets been waiting for something like this from Glock for a long time, now. Better late than never.
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