LINK HERE (http://www.defensereview.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=463) DefRev Scoop: USMC Purchases 10,000 Glock 37 Pistols (.45 GAP). Posted on Friday, April 30 @ 19:21:18 PDT by davidc by David Crane firstname.lastname@example.org This is HUGE. DefRev has just received information from one of its sources that the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has purchased 10,000 Glock 37 (G37) pistols. According to our source, the pistols have already been delivered, and the Marines have had them for two months. This is staggering news. Just staggering. The source informed DefRev that the .45 GAP round (the cartridge for which the G37 is chambered) was, in fact, designed from the get-go specifically for the purpose of landing large U.S. military contracts. Both the USMC and U.S. Army have been searching for... a replacement for the Beretta 92F for quite some time now, and it looks like the Marines are the first to find it. If that's the case, I wouldn't be suprised if the U.S. Army followed suit, and ordred G37's by the hundreds of thousands in the not-too-distant future. DefRev is guessing that the idea of .45 ACP performance out of a 9mm/.40-sized platform was just too appealing for them (USMC). According to our source, the USMC's purchase decision also had to do with a desire to equip Marines with a pistol round that can't be fired in enemy weapons, which implies that one of the conditions for the U.S. military purchase will be restricted, or even prohibited, sales/distribution of .45 GAP ammunition (and thus, pistols) in other countries. Again, DefRev doesn't have any confirmation of this. This is just conjecture, at this point. As our readers probably already know, the Glock 37 is chambered for the new .45 GAP round. DefRev got a chance to fire the G37 last year at SWAT Round-Up 2003, and came away very impressed with it. We were particularly surprised by the contollability of the pistol/round combo. DefRev has video of the SWAT Round-Up shooting session, which we'll try to make available to our readers, soon. The .45 GAP round is designed to provide equal to superior ballistic/terminal performance to the .45 ACP, while utilizing a shorter cartridge case that can operate in a smaller and lighter weapon platform. The G37 is essentially the same size as a G17/G22. The compact version of the G37, the Glock 38 (G38), is supposed to be on its way. That's actually the one I'm waiting for, since my daily carry (CCW) gun is a G19.