The problem of 9mm vs. 45 calibers is relatively unimportant in the military (any military) of today. It really is like the US Army worrying itself sick in regards to a saber for the cavalry. Some companies have come up with better treatment for the pistol for today’s soldiers and Marines that don’t need or wish to carry an assault rifle. LOAD and LOCK! A number of thoughts and hopes. 1st-“Don’t count your chickens ’til they’re hatched” We have to write/contact/input the testers and decision makers and let them know WE want the .45 ACP.
Second-For the hundred, no thousand plus time a 9mm bullet is .355 cal, a .45 is BIGGER thus it creates a more impressive hole in the target. This means more blood loss- which means the enemy gets killed and the American hopefully comes home and tells his grandkids about reality land versus the “High-Tech” star wars game players.
3rd-For the devoted 9mm types on the market(yes you with the coco-puffs) browse the FBI report concerning the “Miami Shootout”, after which they traded in their 9mm pistols, due to facts of bullet wound examinations. 4th-Check-out the winners of all all pistol matches: Almost everyone runs on the 1911/1911A1 in .45 ACP! Remember folks-We are discussing the MILITARY of the USA…Sight Picture/Sight Alignment!
There exists a reason that a lot of of the militaries which have tested it have rejected it. Now, if the military wants an inferior primary weapon, the weapon already exists in the inventory. It is the SOCOM pistol made by HK, which for offensive purposes is a whole lot much better than the P90.
Remember that this contract has been let by USSOCOM. Which makes it for a sidearm, not just a primary weapon. So when a sidearm (meaning a second weapon carried by somebody who also posesses primary weapon, usually a rifle), the M1911 .45 is more advanced than the P90 also to the HK and definitely to the Beretta. Don’t be surprised in case a Glock wins this contract.
I don’t expect Glock to win a US military contract – the American military doesn’t seem to like the notion of a pistol without multiple external safety levers and mechanisms. Glock pistols, great because they could be, use simple, idiot-proof internal safety mechanisms. If the Army did go with a Glock, it might be interesting to see should they would adopt the brand new 45 GAP cartridge.
Same caliber bullet, even available in the same bullet weights, loaded right into a shorter case – to permit for an inferior handgun that takes benefit of modern propellants. I personally don’t like Glock. I have large hands and shoot pistols with a double handed grip. I personally just like the Colt 1911A1 series because of its balance, weight, and comfort. But that’s me. Think about the USP .45? SOFs needless to say have been utilizing the Mk23 for some time.
Who buys isn’t always who gets. The Army’s Automotive Tank Command has bought pistols for the USAF for example.SOCOM is the buyer; everybody will probably get these. That’s what the “joint” in Joint Combat Pistol means. SOCOM sure doesn’t need up to 645,000 pistols over a decade. Some things already are set. They spent the last 12 months with market surveys, field suitability tests, etc looking at what’s out there, trying stuff, deciding what they wanted.
THE NEAR FUTURE Handgun System program wanted adjustable grips, accessory rail, threaded bbl, modular/variable trigger operating-system (SA to DA to DAO). The SOF Combat Pistol program wanted a 45 ACP and could have settled for another 1911. acheter ruger sr 22 were combined into this Joint Combat Pistol (JCP) program.
They want a 45 ACP, not a 45 GAP. You shouldn’t be surprised if Glock can’t even compete based on what the details are for the trigger operating-system. Some folks think that they had the HK USP full size and compact Tactical/P2000 in mind if they wrote the specs. Details will be in the RFP (request for proposals) that happens next.