Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New Pistol | Military.com

by late December, it was all over for Beretta’s engineering change proposal for the M9. The Army’s Configuration Control Board decided not to evaluate the M9A3, according to a source familiar with the decision.

The move clears the way for the Army to release a pending request for proposal that will launch the MHS competition.

via Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New Pistol | Military.com.

Looks like Beretta is officially getting kicked off the government tit. I don’t blame them for trying and it really would have been a logical move by the Army and Department of Defense to adopt the M9A3 but, it sounds like the majority of people with stroke on such decisions are committed to going in a new direction. Chances are this will be some polymer framed pistol as that is the “modern” method of manufacturing pistols these days. Many polymer framed pistols allow a great deal more versatility with respect to fitting a wide variety of hands compared to traditionally manufactured pistols. Time will tell.

-GM

2 thoughts on “Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New Pistol | Military.com

  1. I’ve read that the specs for the M9 were such that only Beretta could fit, although Sig matched the Beretta but with a higher price parts quote. I’m sure this new deal is another friend of the Pentagon who will have the specs specifically designed for their handgun. What needs to be done is keep the existing M9 pistol with adoption of JHP ammo, and Geneva be damned. Come on, guys, the pistol is not the weapon of choice in 99% of military situations. Is it worth squandering the ever shrinking military budget for?

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