Dutch Ministry of Defence announced the purchase of 10,000 Glock 17 Gen 4 NL-MOD semi-automatic pistols for its Armed Forces. This is a second batch of G17 Gen 4 acquired by the Netherlands. The first 6,300 pistols were ordered on December 2016.
The weapons were selected under negotiated procedure without publication of a contract notice, because of technical reasons connected with the protection of exclusive rights. The supplier, Technical Bureau H. A. Muller (TBM) located in Herveld, was selected because it is the official Dutch representative of Austrian Glock.
The fourth generation Glock 17 pistol was introduced in 2010 and since was purchased by British (selected in January 2013, named L131A1) and New Zealand (selected in November 2015) Armed Forces. The fourth generation Glock pistols are equipped with: a frame with a Picatinny rail equipped with interchangeable backstraps of different sizes; a reversible magazine catch for left-handed users; and a dual recoil spring assembly.
The Glock 17 Gen 2 semi-automatic pistols chambered in 9x19 mm are standard all four services branches of the Dutch Armed Forces (Koninklijke Landmacht, Koninklijke Marine, Koninklijke Luchtmacht and Koninklijke Marechaussee) sidearm since 1994, while the second generation G17s were manufactured since 1988. The Dutch Generation 2 Glocks are lack of accessory rail located under the front part of the frame, to allow mounting of additional equipment such as laser sights or tactical lights, and are recognized by a serial numbers started with ‘NL’ letters.