US Army Pistol Debate Continues As Officials Still Undecided

In the year 2016, one would think that the US Army would be able to make a decision as to which pistol it wants to issue to troops, but that is still not the case. Readers of this blog will remember that we have covered this story for months now, and still the US Army refuses to make a commitment on this important issue.

On the 23rd of March, the Army put out a statement that it had not made a decision yet on which pistol it would choose as a replacement for the current M9 pistol. The statement was sent out because of rumors that the Army had finally settled on the Glock entry in the never-ending saga that is called the Modular Handgun System program.

M9The rumor got its legs when Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said that he was getting more than a little frustrated with the selection process and aimed blame at the bureaucratic acquisition system within the Pentagon.

Afterward, the Pentagon put out this statement: “Because the Modular Handgun System program is currently in the source selection phase, the Army has not contacted Glock nor any other vendor with regard to their product offerings. Although the Army is the managing authority for SOCOM’s handgun contract, no action has been taken to contact them about utilizing that vehicle to directly procure one handgun or another outside of the specified source selection process. The Army is dedicated to ensuring that all of its material capability requirements are met affordably and without prejudice,” according to Col. Patrick R. Seiber, chief of Army Media Relations Division.

The goal of all of this is to find a replacement for the Glock 19 (aka M9) which can handle a larger caliber round. The M9 is a 9mm weapon and keeping it would deviate from that goal. The Army has been using the 9mm round since 1985 when it replaced the 1911 .45 caliber pistol. While the 9mm Glock is a fine weapon, many military personnel say it does not have the stopping power needed for today’s battlefield. A new policy, however, allows for the use of hollow point ammo, which is filling this need while the Army makes its decision as to the M9 replacement weapon.

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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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  1. Be advised, the M9 is actually the Beretta M92, NOT the Glock 19. They both fire the same round but are vastly different weapons. The Army Chief of Staff is rumored to have exclaimed in frustration, that he could go to Bass ProShops and bought enough Glock19s for the entire service with as much money as has been wasted conducting these tests and it would be an improvement over the Beretta.

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