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    U.S. Army wants a new gun

    U.S. Army wants a new gun to replace Beretta - Dec. 3, 2014

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    This good old Beretta is to be replaced by "a new modular handgun system that can be easily adjusted to fit all hand sizes" as the Pentagon has claimed. A new gun is said to be made of plastic. "Polymer pistols have become increasingly popular as lightweight and ergonomic, particularly among women". Does it mean that our Army will consist of G.I.Janes in future. Looking forward for the results of this change.

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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    I could be wrong but hasn't the DoD been wanting to replace the M9 for years now? I've thought about buying one for my own for the range.

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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    Well guns are always evolving... multi-modular seems futuristic enough to be the entry point to a new generation of guns.

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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    Makes sense, the Beretta M9 has several problems. Namely use in the desert with that open slide exposure of the barrel, and the metal frame design. Not just from a weight perspective but also a design / materials perspective it makes sense to look at alternatives. There have been too many advancements to handguns for the Army to not take advantage by switching away from basically a 30 year old design, especially when considering .40 and .45 cal pistols to switch to. This is all about maintenance, use in CQ conditions, and knock down power. And these days there are plenty of handgun designs where one can take 13-15 rounds of .40 into combat in a light frame with all kinds of attachment capabilities depending upon mission conditions. The old M9 does not even have a rail system for these attachments, but later models did have some mechanisms for it. It is just time to adapt by getting a new sidearm.
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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Polish View Post
    This good old Beretta is to be replaced by "a new modular handgun system that can be easily adjusted to fit all hand sizes" as the Pentagon has claimed. A new gun is said to be made of plastic. "Polymer pistols have become increasingly popular as lightweight and ergonomic, particularly among women". Does it mean that our Army will consist of G.I.Janes in future. Looking forward for the results of this change.
    Here's SIG's go at the contract: The SIG Army Modular Handgun System edition (3 PHOTOS)




    You're focusing on hand sizes but that's only a small part of it. Please don't turn this into a "women don't belong in the military" thread. The Army primarily wants a stronger cartage, striker instead of hammer, a closed slide, ability to use a silencer (which means raised sights not just inserting a threaded barrel), and easily serviceable.


    I lean more towards the FNP, lots to love in this sidearm:

    Last edited by Jerry; 12-04-14 at 08:31 AM.

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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Here's SIG's go at the contract: The SIG Army Modular Handgun System edition (3 PHOTOS)

    You're focusing on hand sizes but that's only a small part of it. Please don't turn this into a "women don't belong in the military" thread. The Army primarily wants a stronger cartage, striker instead of hammer, a closed slide, ability to use a silencer (which means raised sights not just inserting a threaded barrel), and easily serviceable.
    Could one of the possibilities behind this be the growing popularity of 3D printing? Maybe the army sees a future where weaponry can literally be printed in minutes and replace damaged or faulty weapons in the battlefield?
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    Re: U.S. Army wants a new gun

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Could one of the possibilities behind this be the growing popularity of 3D printing? Maybe the army sees a future where weaponry can literally be printed in minutes and replace damaged or faulty weapons in the battlefield?
    The Army is currently conducting trials to replace the M249 with a new plastic machinegun that replaces brass casings for plastic: http://www.army.mil/article/42987/re...eight-in-half/

    I'm not sure how that one's doing in the rankings but it's my favorite, certainly over the Marine's M27IAR.

    Improving the weight, performance and lifespan of the SAW is a problem every branch has been working on for years. Composites and 3D printing seem to be the general direction the military is moving towards.
    Last edited by Jerry; 12-04-14 at 08:44 AM.

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