After 20 or 30 years of running around with the ridiculous and resoundingly pants Walther P5, the Dutch police have just announced the requirements for their new police pistol. I unfortunately don't have the article in front of me, but off the top of my head: -- only permissible controls are trigger, magazine catch and hold open/slide release -- may not have a safety catch -- must be able to fire with the magazine removed -- the portion of the trigger against which the finger rests during shooting may not consist of multiple parts -- magazine capacity at least 15 rounds -- trigger pressure must be the same from shot to shot, and the lighter the better -- there must be at least 3 different sizes of grip or grip inserts available -- the magazine catch must be accessible from both sides, or be able to be switched for left-handers -- the slide release/hold open must be accessible from both sides -- each weapon must contain an RFID chip containing the weapons details -- calibre 9 x 19 mm -- picatinny rail on the frame I hope by this point that everybody has spotted the obvious: there is no off-the-shelf pistol on the market today, as far as I'm aware, that fulfils this requirement -- all the main contenders (Glock 17, Walther P 99 series, Sig Sauer pistols, Smith & Wesson M&P9) fail on at least one count. The double sided slide release is a nontrivial mechanical adaption of all of these, in particular. And the bastards want 42,000 of the things by the end of next year! It's as if they had the exclusion of particular models in mind when writing the stranger parts of the requirement, with the result that they are going to have to get a custom run of pistols made for them. Trebles all round for the company that gets the contract!