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Marines opt for the 9 mil over 45s for special operators

Sunday, October 2, 2016 11:47
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For Marine special operators, the never-ending debate over whether the 9mm or .45-caliber round is the more powerful bullet has been settled.
 
Previously, the classic .45-caliber Colt 1911 was one of three pistols that Raiders were allowed to carry, but now the 9mm Glock 19 is the only pistol that Marine special operators can take into battle, said Maj. Nick Mannweiler, a spokesman for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command.

“We put our money behind the 9mm round fired by an extremely well-trained marksman carrying a Glock 19,” Mannweiler told Marine Corps Times.

Since last year, MARSOC has purchased and fielded 1,654 Glock 19s because Raiders needed a reliable secondary weapon “that could be used for both a concealed carry profile and a low-visibility profile,” and having one approved pistol for all special operators saves money, he said.

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  • Bull.
    You are talking spec ops, not general issue.
    The kicker is “fired by an extremely well-trained marksman”. He had better be, because the 9mm is far from a major caliber round. The reasoning has more to do with logistics than stopping power.
    You might want to note the Marines recently re-adopted the Colt 1911A1 and the .45 ACP to replace their 9mm’s for general issue.

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