If all goes according to plan, the Beretta M9 Pistol’s days as a standard Army firearm are numbered. On June 17, the Army published its intentions to replace the M9 with a XM17 Modular Handgun System in a draft solicitation.
In other words, if the firearms industry or military leaders have any qualms with the Army’s plans to switch guns, now is the time to say it.
Here’s some information Guns and Ammo compiled regarding the new handgun and the solicitation process:
The plans report that the Army will unveil its final draft in a year and then select its new handgun through a full and open competition.
“We expect to release the final solicitation in 2016,” Program Manager for Soldier Weapons, Colonel Scott Armstrong said. “This will be followed [by] a phased down-select process that will run through 2017.”
“When all is said and done,” Armstrong said, “the XM17 will provide Warfighters with greater accuracy, target acquisition, ergonomic design. The new handgun will also be more reliable, durable and easier to maintain.”