So the US Army is looking to replace the M9. Apparently they are finally owning up to the mistake that was the 9mm.... and the Beretta 92. And its not that I really have a lot against the 92f. I mean I have a couple of them. There is a lot about the design I like. But lets face it... when Taurus's clone blew the original out of the water... well... that should tell you something. The 92F should've had a decocker. The 92f should've been significantly beefed up.
But that's all water under the bridge now. The Army wants a new sidearm. It says it wants a simple, modern, ergonomic weapon with more knock down power.
Hear that ladies? The US Army is admitting the 9mm doesn't do the job. I will be interested to hear your lamentations and crying. or not. I really don't care. If you carry a 9 you're deluding yourself. As it is it looks like they will be looking for either a .40 or a .45. I am thinking they'll go with something in .40.
Anyway I thought I'd compile a list of the folks that already have duty pistols in the pipeline that will no doubt be in the competition. If I leave anything out be sure to mention it in the comments. Based on what I've seen I expect them to be looking for a DAO striker fired pistol. So lets take a look...
FN Herstal FNS: This is the striker version of the FNX. It should be a serious contender and some think its the favorite.
Springfield XD: If they are going by quality... the XD is going to be in it till the end.
SIG P320: We thought it was blasphemous when saw this pistol announced... but now I think the guys at SIG knew something the rest of us didn't.
Glock: Obviously. Lots of folks are just assuming Glock will get the contract. I think that's foolish. The Army was clear that ergonomics were important... so Glock can be eliminated right there.
Ruger SR40: This is a real dark horse in my opinion. There is every reason in the world to give the SR a long look.
Smith and Wesson M&P40: Like the Ruger... this one has to get a look but I don't think it is a contender.
Taurus 24-7: I don't think it has a chance... but it will still be entered into the competition.
I don't think Steyr will enter the M40A-1 into the competition. But I would obviously love to see them do so.
No doubt we'll also see some new designs entered... but for now these are the ones I expect to see duking it out. Personally I think the Springfield or the SIG are the weapons to beat.