Thursday, September 3, 2015

Army Launches Program to Choose New Handgun

The U.S. Army is looking for an updated pistol to replace the Beretta M-9s that have been in use since the early 1980s.   According to a story on, this effort first started in 2013. 

I have never shot the Beretta, so I cannot testify to its quality or performance.  There is a possibility that the bullet caliber may change as well.  The really interesting part of the story is that the successful bidder must also be able to provide the ammunition as well:
The winner will have to be able to deliver 6,300 full-size pistols per month within a year and 3,000 compact pistols per month with in a year, according to the RFP.
The winning contractor will have to be able to ramp up to delivering 2.8 million rounds of ball ammunition per month within three years and 1.6 million rounds of special-purpose ammunition per month within three years, according the RFP.
 Now the pistol amounts I can understand, especially if the Army wants to field the new weapon as rapidly as possible, but 4.4 million rounds per month seems to be a lot of ammo for a downsizing force.

Just from that, I think the Army is going with a new caliber and will have to dispose of its nine millimeter stocks and replace them with another caliber round.

What does this mean for preppers? Potentially there might be a lot of ball nine millimeter ammunition coming into the civilian market for possibly a very reasonable price, and the new round should still be commercially available because the supplier will ramp up its capabilities to meet the military's needs. It will be interesting to see what priorities make it into the first post-9/11 handgun developed for our military's mass consumption.

The companies involved are Sig Sauer, Glock, FN, Kriss, Detonics/STI International and General Dynamics/Smith and Wesson.

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