This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
After long decades of mainly using pistols locally made by Forjas Taurus, Brazilian LE agencies have been turning their attention to products from overseas manufacturers, mainly in the wake of multiple reports of technical/safety issues with the “bull brand” weapons. It should be recalled that IMBEL – Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil has been a longtime supplier of pistols for the armed forces and some police forces, but, somehow, their single-action M1911-based guns are not so popular in the local LE scenario, although some models have been adopted by local agencies.
The DPF – Departamento de Polícia Federal (Federal Police Department) was probably the first organization to go abroad for new pistols, the 9x19mm Glock G17 entering service back in 2006 and later acquisitions involving G19, G26 Gen 3, and G17 Gen4 MOS models . The Austrian pistol has also been purchased by some State police forces to equip SpecOp units, as in the case of PMERJ – Polícia Militar do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro State Military Police), the G17s being used by the BOPE – Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (Special Police Operations Battalion).
PMMT – Polícia Militar de Mato Grosso (Mato Grosso State Military Police) is another Glock G17 user, whose BOPE (yes, they also have one!) started employing the type in 2016, with an initial acquisition of 110 examples. PMBA – Polícia Militar da Bahia (Bahia State Military Police) has recently been reported as having made a substantial purchase of G17 Gen 4 pistols.
But the Austrian pistol is not the only “foreigner” chosen by Brazilian LE agencies. Sig Sauer has just joined the list with the announcement of an order for .40 S&W Model W320-F-40-BSS and 9x19mm W320-F-9-BSS pistols recently placed by Ceará State’s SSPDS – Secretaria de Segurança Pública e Defesa Social (Public Security and Social Defense Secretary). This initial purchase covers 4,140 guns, 2,000 for the Civil Police (.40 S&W models) and 2,140 (9x19mm) for the Military Police, but additional orders are expected to total up to 13,000 pistols by the end of 2018.
Higher-res pix: https://imgur.com/a/KC9hA