- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Marine Corps recently authorized certain personnel to carry the 9mm semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol — a first for the military branch.

For now, only personnel assigned to the Corps’ Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will be authorized to carry the weapon, which has been popular worldwide with military forces and law enforcement agencies, Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday.

The Glock 19 has a reputation of being reliable in environments that cause other pistols to malfunction. Until now, Marine operators had used the 9mm Beretta M9 or M9A1 pistols, “but more often the service’s .45-caliber M45A1 Close Quarter Battle Pistol which is based on the iconic M1911 platform,” the Times reported.

It’s unknown if certain generations of the Glock — some of which can be affixed with light and laser accessories — will be authorized, the Times reported.

Officials have not determined which holster will be authorized for use with the pistol.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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