The Corps’ Secret Agents Get Their Own 007

The Corps’ Secret Agents Get Their Own 007

The Marine Corps is equipping Marines with a new weapon, providing enhanced concealed carry capabilities at an accelerated rate and lower cost to the Corps.

The Glock 19M—called the M007 by the Corps—replaces the M9 service pistol for personnel requiring a weapon that can be easily concealed.

The Marine Corps requires that all accredited Marine Corps Criminal Investigators, both civilian and military, be armed with a concealable pistol when on duty in civilian attire. This concealed weapon capability ensures those performing official duties—such as law enforcement or security personnel—are not readily identified as being armed.

“The M007 has a smaller frame and is easier to conceal, making it a natural selection to meet the Marine Corps’ conceal carry weapon requirement,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson, Individual Weapons project officer at Marine Corps Systems Command.

In coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which adopted the weapon in 2016, the Corps fielded the M007 earlier this year to Marines and civilians in the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, as well as members of Helicopter Squadron One—also known as Marine One.

Aside from concealability, the M007 has several physical improvements over its predecessor. The grip lacks finger grooves but has a textured frame, improving the ergonomics of the weapon and providing a consistently comfortable grip with traction for a wider range of users. The ambidextrous slide stop allows for both right- and left-handed use. The magazine release of the M007 can also be changed and the magazine well is flared, making the system easier to reload, said Nelson.

Collaboration between the product team at MCSC and the FBI played a key role in the Corps’ ability to hasten the otherwise lengthy acquisition process.

“The fielding of the M007 is an example of how we can streamline the acquisition process by reviewing another service or agency’s test data to see if it fits the Marine Corps’ need,” said Lt. Col. Paul Gillikin, Infantry Weapons team lead at MCSC. “We received the initial request for a new concealed carry weapon system in April 2016. By collaborating with the FBI, we were able to procure, establish sustainability plans and start fielding the weapon to Marines by May 2017.”

Typically, the acquisition process of a new weapons system—from the time the requirement is received by MCSC to the time the system is fielded to the fleet—takes months, if not years, to complete. By leveraging thorough test data performed by the FBI, MCSC’s team reduced their own testing time. The team also carefully planned to ensure the M007 is fully supported, sustainable, and meets all logistics and safety requirements, enabling MCSC to meet and deliver the concealed carry weapons systems Marines need in a relatively quick turnaround time, said Gillikin.

Program Manager Infantry Weapons, which falls under MCSC’s Ground Combat Element Systems portfolio, manages the concealed carry weapons program for the Marine Corps.

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11 comments


  • John W M-3-3 61 to 65

    The Glock 19 is a fine weapon. It is quite concealable, has adequate power with good hollow point ammo and fits most any marine’s hand size with the different backstraps. Having carried one for 14 years, albeit a 40 caliber, it is both reliable and accurate. It’s nice that the Corps gets something first beside army hand-me-downs.


  • Batman

    Should be standard issue for military recruiters through out the country since the DOD or Congress haven’t done a fuckin thing to protect these recruiting stations since Chattanooga Tennessee.


  • John T. Durant

    Does that include 22 target pistols? I get a real kick out of crime shows where detectives can look at a gunshot wound and determine the caliber of the bullet. Truth be told the bullet diameters of: 357’s, 38’s, 9’s, 40’s and 10’s are all so close it takes a micrometer to distinguish them with any real accuracy.


  • Cpl Jack Durant, E-2-12, ’55-’56. H&S 10th ’56-’57

    After “familiarization” with the 1911 in 1954 @ Paradise Island I’ve had complete disdain for pistols. Especially when I “learned” that the effective range was 50 yards for officers but only 25 for enlisted, I swear that was my understanding at that time. When Hussein was elected in ’08, I decided I better get my concealed carry permit while I could. On the first night of safety training the instructor pulled a pint sized S&W 357, I decided immediately that was what I wanted. Have carried in my pocket ever since. At home it rests on a stack of books within easy natural grasp while I watch TV; the entry doorway, back hallway and kitchen archway are all within 15 feet. When I go to another part of the house it is in my bathrobe pocket. At bed time it rests under my wife’s pillow against the back of my fingers. The bedroom door, also within 15 feet, is kept open. Only my wife and I at home and no one in the family would enter the house without first calling. Whoa betide anybody who stands in that dimly lit doorway. It would be a very pressing situation for me to even consider its use beyond my home. But I maintain the option if needed.


  • Doc John Patrick

    Of course ALL Glock models are available for purchase. This model would be either the G-19 or simply the “Glock 19”. I haven’t carried a 1911 since Nam, but for several years now I carry concealed a Glock model 22- .40 Cal. with 15 round mags. My favorite is a shoulder holster for best concealment and ready access. I enjoy Glocks because they are very reliable, but they sure are not of Kimber quality!


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