Why Berretta? Why not the Sig Saur P226 which is already in use with certain parts of the CF.
It does say that they're looking
so it could be anything. You could say the same thing... why did they have some using 225s and the rest Browning? Why didn't they just send out everyone one brand? I'm just pondering, nobody knows what they'll put to trial and purchase. Berettas are VERY nice handguns, my father has had one since the 80's when his was with the Strats (when they still called Calgary home) and it's taking quite a beating and still performs beautifully (and I don't even take care of it as well as a military man does). The Sig Sauer are great as well, the P226 is a very nice model too.
EDIT: Also, what ever happened to that Para Ordnance company here in Canada that made those fantastic P14-45 and LDA pistols? Did it close shop or something? I was thinking, if they still existed, why don't they take up work with them for a GSP? It would create jobs, it would be buying Canadian and stimulating our own markets/economy.
EDIT again: Apparently the P226 is no longer made in 9mm, but now in .40SW. Would this have an impact on whether or not it would be considered for trial and purchase as a GSP? I also say the disclaimer: " for National Security reasons, the weapons will be produced in Canada by Colt"
Does this mean that if they decide that - let's say the HK P30 9mm is selected - all of the parts for initial production and issue are shipped to Colt and assembled there to ensure they haven't been tampered with, along with all maintenance and life cycle materials (As Colt employees are pre-screened)?