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New Exhibition of Metropolitan Police Crime Artefacts

London’s Metropolitan Police Service is to allow some of the artefacts from famous crimes which it has gathered over the years to go on public display for the first time. The force’s private Museum of Crime houses items used by many of the country’s most unpleasant and notorious criminals. This includes the Handgun used by the Kray’s in their attempted murder of Jack ‘the Hat’ McVitie in 1967.

Other exhibits at the Museum of Crime are considerably more disturbing and are not going to be included in the new exhibition at the Museum of London.  These items include equipment used by the criminally insane Dr Hawley Crippen and Dennis Nilsen.

The Museum of Crime is a unique institution was established in 1875 consisting of items recovered from crimes. The original idea of the Museum was to give police officers practical instruction on how to detect and prevent burglary. Since then it’s role enlarged and became an integral part of CID training. Today it is used as a lecture theatre for the curator to address police officers and staff.

The new exhibition The Crime Museum Uncovered runs from 9th October 2015 – 10th April 2016.


Glock 17 for British Forces

Although an old news item now, the replacement of the Browning pistol with the Glock 17 for British Forces http://www.army.mod.uk/24697.aspx is worth a mention in our update as it was a significant event. The Browning has been the British military pistol since 1967 – quite an achievement for a weapon which was designed nearly 100 years ago. It certainly serves to demonstrate that pistol development over past decades has been through small improvements rather than major leaps forward.

The most important benefit of the Glock 17 over the old Browning Hi-Power is that it can fire 5 rounds inside 2 seconds, whereas the Browning would take 4 seconds to fire its first round. This speedier deployment derives from the fact that the Glock’s safety arrangement permits the weapon to be carried with a chambered round. In contrast the Browning was not permitted to be carried with a round in the chamber for fear of an accidental discharge.

Picture source: glock.at

It is interesting to compare the Browning, the US military handgun (the Beretta M9) and the Glock 17.

Browning Hi Power
Cal 9mm
Length 200mm
Barrel Length 118mm
Weight 885 g

M9 stats (army.mil)
Cal 9mm
Length 217mm
Barrel Length 125mm
Weight 953 g

Glock 17 stats (glock.at)
Cal 9mm
Length 186mm
Barrel Length 114mm
Weight 625 g

From the comparison it is clear why the writing was on the wall for the Hi Power as far as the British military were concerned. Not only do the improved safety features enable users to react so much faster with the Glock, but the huge weight saving from the polymer construction helps to ease the burden of the individual soldier.

But FN/browning.com are still marketing the HP MkIII as a classic weapon for the discerning owner so this weapon’s time is far from over.

FWS has many different alternative ways to safely store both the Browning HP, the M9 and the Glock – please contact us for more details.