Girl Guns For Female Bodyguards Spark Debate

The Daily Mail is reporting that female police bodyguards assigned to protecting the UK Royal Family and the Prime Minister are being armed with what they term ‘baby’ guns in a effort to recruit more women officers to the role.

The gun is actually the Glock 26, nicknamed the “Baby Glock” due to its smaller sized barrel and grip.

The debate centers on if this model is sufficient enough for close protection work as it would come as a replacement for the standard issued full sized Glock 17.

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3 thoughts on “Girl Guns For Female Bodyguards Spark Debate”

  1. It’s interesting that they called the Model 26 Glock a “girl’s gun”. It is true that the 3 different models in each caliber in Glock’s line-up are created for different situations, but hand size is only part of that. The main difference in the “baby glock” and the “compact” model are not so vastly different that someone with really small hands (male or female) couldn’t shoot the Model 19 just as well as the Model 26. The smaller size of the 26 is more conducive to concealment, however, than the compact model. I admit that I am a bit of a purist when it comes to equality and I believe that if a woman wants to do a job that was typically reserved for males in our not-so-distant past, that she be able to do exactly what he can do. I don’t believe in “womens’ standards” being less than the standards set for the position. So for Scotland Yard to switch to the 26 model to attract more women is sexist and a bad move in my opinion. If they want to switch for other reasons, I’m ok with that. Truthfully, since a large percentage of encounters are non-lethal, introducing the Taser would be a better move.

  2. It’s a myth that a longer barrel makes a more accurate firearm, the bullet will go where the barrel is aimed regardless of the barrel length. A longer barrel provides a longer sight plane for a beginner or rookie shooter. This allows the shooter to make less adjustment during target acquisition. It also has a more efficient powder burn resulting in more feet per second causing more foot pounds of energy being delivered to the target. However you can manipulate this by choosing a heavier grain bullet. In my opinion, if you are going to hire a male or female to protect your life the gun of choice should be the one each individual shoots regularly and is most comfortable with. Why issue a gun that may have a different barrel length or has a different type of magazine stack than the individual is accustom to and accurate with?
    How many rounds you should carry? Numerous variables need to be considered in order to ensure you have the proper amount of rounds. If you are working a detail with a high level of risk it may require a high capacity magazine. In that case you should be carrying an assault rifle instead of a gun with 15 to 17 rounds. Advance work is very important because it will help you unsure you have the proper amount of rounds to keep the principal safe.
    In the hands of a trained professional a 9mm is an extremely devastating round. The 9mm was used in law enforcement and military for many years and was the standard. The larger caliber is popular now because we have seen a shift in law enforcement use of it. Unlike law enforcement we are not there to fight crime. Why would we use a hammer to kill a fly? In our line of work our intent is to stop an attack and evacuate the principle. Our job is to protect a particular person not society like law enforcement. The 9mm would be an excellent choice for our objectives as a protective agent.

    Mike Briggs
    Executive Protection Firearms Instructor

  3. I have never looked at guns as boy guns or girls guns or adult guns or baby guns, but all as purely tools. They all are unisex. I am a firm believer that the assignment or detail should ultimately dictate the tools. However any tools I select must be able to deliver the Big Four:

    • Reliability
    • Simplicity
    • Accuracy
    • Caliber

    Reliability – when it comes to reliability most of the large modern gun makers build reliable handguns. Make sure you select a manufacturer and handgun that is built to be driven hard. It must be able to stand up to the pressure of continuous practice and training.

    Simplicity – ease of operation (i.e. trigger, magazine release, slide release, and takedown etc.) should be a major consideration. In the stress free life of the square range every handgun seems fine. However under the stress of a deadly force situation you need a weapon that is simple to operate, and one you feel you can operate effectively under low light conditions.

    Accuracy – some people will think about accuracy as number one; but accuracy is a direct byproduct of training and the component you can most impact. Most of today’s large modern gun manufacturer’s handguns shoot pretty reliable groups from any gun vise, so accuracy is not about the gun, but about the operator. Most guns shoot more accurately than you can hold them. Remember 80% of firearm encounters are inside of 21 feet, so sight alignment isn’t as much an issue. Outside of that distance most people will align a longer frame weapon easier than a shorter one, but for most handgun encounters the tools will shoot the same.

    Caliber – I am a firm believer that most people should consider shooting the largest caliber and heaviest load of bullet that they can shoot accurately.
    Accuracy should always trump caliber size (it doesn’t do you any good to have a large caliber that you can’t control). For executive protection I am not a fan of any caliber below 9mm (sorry James Bond .380), although a well placed round from to the vitals of any gun will typically have a positive ballistic effect on your adversary. My choices for caliber are typically 9 mm and .45 ACP for semi-automatic pistols and .357 and .38 special for revolvers for working guns. I know there are many other fine calibers available however the above I have found those are the easiest calibers to consistently find ammunition for and typically have the greatest variety in load options.

    Mike makes a great point that a 9 mm in the hands of a trained professional is an extremely lethal option. Regardless of caliber size most people are considered a professional because they get paid for their work, not because of their work ethic. Particularly when it comes to working with firearms.

    If concealability is most important many people may choose to go with a 3 inch barrel for semi-automatics or a 2 inch for revolvers. I carry a 5 inch 1911 most of the time, but when I need enhanced concealability I go with an inside the pants holster or belly band if I am in a tee shirt and swim trunks pool side.

    If the detail requires higher capacity you may want to consider going with a double stack magazine. If the detail is high threat and requires high capacity try and get the client to stay home or as was mentioned earlier consider or carrying a long gun (carbine or SMG) if possible. Preferably again get the client to stay home.

    Small frame guns or pockets guns are just that smaller frames no more no less. First ask yourself why do I need a small frame gun is it hand size or concealability? Most of the large modern gun manufacturers now make either interchangeable grips or offer single stack magazines for those who prefer a smaller grip profile and make full size, compact and subcompact models.

    Don’t let ego and testosterone clould your judgement pick the right tool for the job. The more details, you work and the more you train, the more you will find limitations for any of the tools you select. Pick a handgun that is reliable, simple, accurate and a caliber you can handle. Make sure that there are a wide variety of accessories made to fit it (i.e. holsters, grips, lights, ammo etc.). Don’t rely on what the police or military are carrying (their choice may have come from the lowest bidder, although generally their choices will be pretty reliable), but rely and what you have tested and fired for yourself and what performed best for you (unless your agency has standardized on a weapon system…standardization has both its merits and limitations). Work hard, train hard and realize the tool you select may be called upon to save your life or that of your client one day.

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