By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
Photo(s) Credit: DailyMail.co.uk
November 17, 2015
Last updated on 11/18/15.
This article has been updated and corrected (on 11/18/15), with special thanks to Alma Cole for alerting us to the error in Daily Mail’s reporting.
Daily Mail just published an interesting piece on elite Scotland Yard London Metropolitan Police Counterterrorism/LE SWAT unit assaulters/operators, also known as “Met Specialists”–and which the Daily Mail refers to as “Robocops”–being deployed to Wembley Stadium in London last (Monday). While the piece, written by Chris Greenwood, incorrectly stated that the Met operators are running SIG516 (also written SIG 516) tactical piston AR’s, what they’re actually running are 5.56mm NATO (5.56x45mm NATO)/.223 Rem SIG MCX tactical piston (gas piston/op-rod) AR rifle/carbine/SBR’s (Short Barreled Rifles) with telescoping/retractable buttstock, translucent mags (5.56mm rifle magazines) and red dot combat optics. The SIG MCX’s they’re running are in a special configuration (first reported on and shown by Soldier Systems after they saw the gun at DSEI), with a different stock than the guns (MCX’s) DefenseReview (DR) ran at SIG SAUER Academy during the SIG SAUER writer’s event last year (2014), which is the main reason we initially missed Daily Mail’s error. Glock pistols, which we assume are Glock 17 (G17), Glock 19 (G19), and/or Glock 34 (G34) 9mm parabellum/9x19mm NATO pistols, tactical comms (communications) equipment, “Grey Man” urban grey BDU’s,kevlar-reinforced tactical gloves and Taser X26’s round out the tactical accoutrements package.
It would also seem advisable to run the guns (MCX’s) with muzzle cans (silencer/sound suppressors) like we (DR) did at the SIG Sauer Academy, but the Scotland Yard counterterrorism operators aren’t doing that in the photos. Now that Kevin Brittingham is running SIG SAUER’s Silencer/Sound Suppressor and Special Projects divisions respectively, SIG’s currently offering some really nice cans and weapon/can packages. The Soldier Systems piece on the London Met-config MCX stated that interest is growing in the UK for a 300 Blackout (300BLK) MCX variant, but the cartidge would first have to be approved for use in the UK.
The Glock 17/19 (and Glock 34) 9mm pistol(s) platform is an excellent, and in our opinion, optimal choice, considering the Glock’s reliability, accuracy, durability, field-maintainability and maintenance-cost attributes. Overall, the Glock’s very difficult-to-impossible to beat in the overarch of all those aspects, especially in the long term. When it comes to Glock pistols, Defense Review’s current favorites are the Arsenal Democracy Blackside Glock pistols with patented, proprietary AD SwiTC/H Trigger (also written SwiTch Trigger), which we handled and dry-fired earlier this year at SHOT Show 2015. You have to try the SwiTC/H to truly appreciate it it.
Anyway, the Daily Mail reports that the Scotland Yard Metro Police Counter-Terrorism Spec-Operators are trained to go for head shots over center-mass shots, and the unit is currently 130-strong, with women in its ranks. They’ve apparently developed their counterterrorism and dynamic CQB/CQC (Close Quarters Battle/Close Quarters Combat) gunfighting tactics, helicopter and building repelling skills, and terrorist-tackling methods with the assistance of “UK Special Forces”, which DR assumes means British Army SAS (Special Air Service) assaulters/operators.
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Contact Page: http://content.met.police.uk/Site/ContactUs
Scotland Yard Page: http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Scotland-Yard/1400015476700/1400015476700
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