Not only has the U.S. Army announced which units will conduct the next phase of testing and first field issue for the XM 17 Modular Handgun System (MHS), but other services have indicated how many units of the new pistol they are interested in acquiring.
Beretta, the maker of the standard-issue "U.S. Pistol, M9" for 30 years, has received word back from the U.S. Army that its Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) to the contract signed in 2012 for up to 120,000 pistols has been formally rejected.
Glocks, in particular the Glock G19 in 9 mm Luger, just keep grabbing headlines and contracts within the military and law enforcement communities.
How about a big heaping bowl of 9 mm? To paraphrase the iconic 1972 commercial for Life cereal, when it comes to the next sidearm of the U.S. Army, the soldiers like it—“They really, really like it.”
The U.S. Marine Corps is set to adopt the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System as its official duty pistol.
There have been rumors that the U.S. military will be soon adopting a new service handgun—the Modular Handgun System (MHS). Anyone with any familiarity with U.S. military procurement knows that nothing happens quickly. This is just a beginning of a very long process. While more likely than an invasion of Canada, it is not happening this week.