The US Army has been trying to replace the Beretta M9 service weapon for two years and the agency is finally nearing a decision.
The agency has weeded out a handful competitors and is now choosing between just 12 company’s which will soon be widdled down to just 3 manufacturers.
A new Modular Handgun System (MHS) is being selected after only a dozen company’s made the cut after submitting bids in response to the Army’s official Request for Proposals.
From these, the Army expects to “downselect” just three finalists in August. It will then spend a further nine months evaluating how well the finalists actually produce weapons matching the designs they have submitted.
After a nearly three-year process — a winner will be selected.
Some of the competitors believed to have submitted bids:
- Beretta, offering its new APX model handgun
- Czech gunsmith Ceska Zbrojovka offering the CZ P-09
- FN Herstal and its Five-Seven Mk 2
- Sig Sauer with the P320
- Glock, bidding the Glock 17 and Glock 22
- Smith & Wesson and General Dynamics , bidding the former’s M&P polymer handgun paired with the latter’s ammunition
That’s only half of the suspected list, and of those revealed, only Smith & Wesson and General Dynamics are publicly traded companies.
If a privately held company wins the bid it will be a big win worth $580 million according to a valuation from Guns.com. Congressional critics have valued the deal at closer to $1.2 billion when ammunition contracts are added into their calculations.