Five things you should know about the Modular Handgun System competition:
- The Army held the contest after pressure to replace aging weapons and concerns about the weight and reliability of the M9.
- The competition started in 2011 and received criticism for taking almost a decade to pick a winner.
- In addition to the pistol, entrants were required to submit a regular and a special-purpose round, which suggests the Army is considering using more powerful rounds. This would address complaints about the 9mm NATO being ineffective in combat.
- The Army ordered the full-size and compact pistols chambered for 9mm NATO rounds and excluded the other part options Sig Sauer offers with the P320 model.
- Beretta submitted the M9A3, an updated version of the M9, before the MHS competition to try to maintain its contract, but it was rejected. Beretta submitted a new APX striker-fire pistol in the competition instead.
- 10-year contract (through 1/19/2027)
- Estimated cost is $580,217,000
- Manufactured in New Hampshire
- Included in the contract: pistols, cleaning kits, magazines and training equipment
Why Modularity Matters:
- It’s easier to replace broken parts
- Smaller grips are important as more women enter the military
- The firearm can adapt to special assignments
This information first appeared on tacticalgear.com
|Beretta M9||Sig Sauer P320|
|Magazine capacity||15 rounds||17 or 21 rounds (optional extended magazine)|
|Sights||Fixed Blade Sights||Removable Iron Sights. Red Dot compatible|
|Frame||Steel. Not attachment compatible||Polymer. Integrated rail system|
|Barrel||4.9 in. Not suppressor compatible||5.4 in. Threaded for suppressor attachment|
|Overall Length||8.5 in||8.7 in|
|Effective Firing Range||50 m||50 m|
|Trigger Pull||Double / Single Action (12.3 lb / 5.5 lb)||Double Action Only (6.5 lb)|
|Weight unloaded||33.3 oz||29.4 oz|