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Firms can afford to underbid a military contract in the US. Once the gun is picked for military use. Thousands get sold on the civilian market at inflated prices. Gun owners down there are almost religious at buying what the government uses.Last time I heard, a Glock military/police contract price was $265 USD for a pistol with 5 mags. Sig actually under bid Glock to win the contract for the US Army. Both Glock G17 and the Sig M17 are excellent pistols and would be good choices for the military. The numbers we are interested in equal about a buy similar to a large US Police Force, so we won't have much pull on pricing. The US Army uses the M17 and the British the G17, so really the competition should ride on price and service support.
The sad part is the idiots will want to destroy all of our WWII Inglis made BHP Pistols. These would be worth a lot of money on the collectors market, likley the government could recoup anywhere from $100-200 for an issued pistol and double that for a mint unissued one. To destroy these pistols is criminal, not only do they represent some of Canada's finniest moments, but also part of the WWII generation investments that poured money into war bonds to produce them. Plus these pistols were mostly made by women that represent the true first wave of real feminism and breaking down of tradition job barriers.
I seem to recall it is government policy here not to release government surplus guns to the civilian market.