By David Pugliese A couple of weeks ago, Defence Watch reported that the Canadian Forces was looking what it is calling the General Service Pistol or (GSP). It has, through Public Works, put out a price and availability request to industry.
The proposed project will replace all current types of pistols in use with a newer weapon.
Public Works wants to hear from industry by Oct. 14. The new weapon will be selected and the contract awarded in the Winter/Spring 2015, according to PWGSC.
Deliveries begin in the fall of 2015. Approximately 10,000 pistols will be purchased.
But Defence Watch readers emailed me asking what will happen to the 9mm Browning Hi-Power that the GSP will replace? It seems some collectors want to purchase the weapons.
Well they can forget that.
Josée Hunter, a Defence Department spokeswoman, told Defence Watch that the 19,000 Browning Hi-Powers in service will be smelted at local foundries.
The Department of National Defence and the CF are committed to the safe disposal of firearms, she noted.
DND and the CF employ strict control procedures over firearms inventories, from their acquisition through to disposal. In this case, as the old 9mm pistols are restricted and controlled goods, they will not be sold to the public, she added.
The smelting process happens under the supervision of Department of National Defence officials in a party consisting of an officer in-charge and at least three other members, she added.
Defence Watch continues with the issue of the disposal of Canadian Forces small arms.
As reported here, the Browning Hi-Power pistols in the CF inventory will be melted down.
They will be replaced by the General Service Pistol.
But what happens to the the CFs 9mm Sig Sauer Model 225 pistols? They, from what I understand, are not that old (at least by Browning Hi-Power standards). But the General Service Pistol will be purchased to replace those as well.
The Sig Sauer pistol is a restricted and controlled item that will be smelted at local foundries, DND responded to Defence Watch.