Sen. McCain Lashes Out Against M9 Pistol Replacement Program

Those who follow military arms will already know that the Army’s M9 pistol replacement has been in the news a lot lately. The 9mm pistol replacement program has also rankled Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, who recently lashed out about the Army’s program to replace the M9. In a report, McCain supplied to “America’s Most Wanted: Indefensible”, he stated his ire that the Army has spent tens of millions of dollars and taken a decade only to get to where it is now…still undecided and rigging proposal rules to cut-out smaller companies.

In August of this year, the Army opened its competition for arms makers to provide a new (so called) Modular Handgun System as well as the ammunition that will go with the weapon. The new models are to replace the M9, and bidders must supply both a full sized weapon as well as a compact version. Bidders must also supply thousands of rounds to be used during testing.

M9 PistolIn the formal request, the Army also requires manufacturers to show that they will be able to provide millions of rounds of ammo each month and that they are able to assemble and deliver thousands of new weapons each month. The proposal window closes on January 28, 2016. These two requirements are new to Army proposals, and have caused an enormous amount of problems.

Experts who have studied the proposal requirements estimate that added paperwork alone will add an extra $50 to each weapon. Worst of all, because of the complications found in the proposal, the Army may not be able to get any weapon at all that will fulfill all of the requirements.

Sen. McCain made no bones about how he feels about the program when said in his report: “After 10 years spent on this program, the Army has nothing but a 350-page document micromanaging extremely unimportant details and byzantine rules the Army wants followed, many of which are totally unnecessary and anti-competitive.”

If there is a winner, the company will need to manufacture 6,300 full-size pistols a month and 3,000 compact pistols a month within a year. In addition, the company will need to provide up to 2.8 million rounds of ammo per month within three years. They will also need to provide up to 1.6 million rounds of special-purpose ammunition (hollow-point) a month within three years.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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