Friday, May 13, 2011

New Military Sidearm on the Way?

      The Military is once again talking about replacing the Beretta M9 pistol.This also happened a couple of years ago in what was called the Joint Combat Pistol program, but was cancelled and the M9 stayed.The new program is called the Modular Handgun System and doesn't specify a caliber whereas the JCP called for a .45 ACP.There have been many who feel the JCP was cancelled since a caliber could not be decided upon among the various parties. Some wanted .45 ACP,some .40 S&W and others still wanted to stay with the 9mm.The new specifications don't name a caliber,but it is stated that they want the new pistol to create a larger wound channel than the NATO standard M882 9mm projectile, so perhaps that excludes 9mm or dictates that a company to come with a newer better 9mm ball round etc.The Military is restricted to Full metal Jacket and Hollow Points are simply not allowed."Modular" really isn't fully explained, but some take it to mean modular in caliber,barrel length & grip size hence why a specific caliber isn't specified or mandated.

Sources Sought Announcement for a Modular Handgun System

Sources Sought Notice MHS 20080424.doc 1

The Program Manager for Soldier Weapons (PM-SW) Picatinny Arsenal, NJ
07806-5000, on behalf of the US Air Force, has a requirement for a non-
developmental handgun. This effort will be conducted in three phases
consisting of a Competitive Down-selection Phase, System Development &
Demonstration (SDD) Phase, and a Full Rate Production (FRP) Phase. This
Sources Sought Notice does not reflect a complete listing of all
requirements for a Modular Handgun System.

The mandatory weapon system requirements follow. Any vendor not
meeting the following mandatory requirements may not be considered a
potential source.

System Performance.

• System Accuracy. Accuracy will be assessed by two measures:

a) To a range of 50 meters, when the weapon is mounted in a machine
rest or manufacturer’s design rest with a human shooter, dispersion
will be no greater than a 4” Circular Error of Probability (CEP).

b) When in the hands of a shooter, the weapon must enable the
shooter to successfully engage E-type silhouettes and:

1) Hit each target with 2 shots to the upper torso and one to the
head within 7 – 10 seconds at 15 meters.

2) Hit the target with 2 shots at 7 meters within 4 seconds.

• Projectile characteristics. The Handgun System should enable the
shooter to produce a wound channel larger than an M882 projectile
when firing standard ball (FMJ, non-expanding) ammunition into
ballistic gelatin from a distance of up to 25 meters where the
cavity is measured from 0-14 inches deep.

• Reliability. The Modular Handgun System shall demonstrate 2,000

Mean Rounds Between Stoppage (MRBS) (operator clearable/correctable
stoppages), and 5000 Mean Rounds Between Failures (MRBF) (non-
operator correctable).

• Service Life. The Modular Handgun shall have a minimum service life
of 25,000 rounds.

System Characteristics.

• Ergonomics. The Modular Handgun System must accommodate the 5th to
95th percentile of users. Determination will be made based on width,
length, grip circumference, location of controls, ambidextrous
controls, etc.

• Target Acquisition Enablers. As a minimum, Mil-Std-1913 rails shall
be incorporated on the weapon to enable rail mounted accessories to
be attached. Integrated aiming /pointed devices are of interest and
will also be evaluated.

• Physical Dimensions: With sights attached and empty magazine
inserted in weapon, the following dimensions are not to be exceeded:

a) The full size version shall be no more than 8.7 inches long, 5.8
inches high, and 1.6 inches wide. Weight shall not exceed 36
ounces.

b) The compact version shall be no larger than 7.5 inches long, 5.8
high, and 1.6 inches wide. Weight shall not exceed 34.5 ounces.

• Detection Avoidance: Weapon shall be of a non-reflective neutral
color. The MHS shall be operable with sound and flash suppression
kit in place.

• Safety Mechanisms: As a minimum, the handgun shall have internal
safety mechanisms in place such that a loaded cartridge will not
fire if the weapon is dropped from a height of 5 feet onto a
concrete or other hard surface. The weapon shall also have an
external, manually operated safety button/switch operable with one
hand.

The Government requests that the following accompany any submission.
Submissions shall not exceed 25 pages (8 ½ X 11”), not including test
data. Font shall be 12-pitch with one-inch borders.

• A description/matrix of how the proposed system meets the
requirements listed above. Each requirement above will be listed,
in order, with a written response detailing how the proposed pistol
performs against the stated requirements using the format provided.

Supporting rationale/data to be provided as an annex.

• Summarized and detailed test data from any test facility that
addresses the system performance requirements listed herein. Along
with this, Test Operating Procedures and independent system
evaluations are solicited.

• Detailed descriptions of candidate system to include drawings,
pictures, brochures, etc. that will convey the operating principles,
as well as general and specific system capabilities behind the
submissions.

• Production capacity estimate for the system. Provide an estimate of
maximum available monthly production capacity to meet government
requirements. This capacity should be above and beyond any current
production orders or current sales and should be able to be met
without the introduction of new facilities. If new facilities are
planned or required, state so.

• Production cost estimates for the system. For estimating purposes,
assume that each weapon system includes the handgun, 1 magazine per
weapon, and any required accessories to enable the 5th to 95th
percentile user to utilize this weapon. It is also requested that
additional magazines be unit priced, assuming 3 magazines per weapon
per year.

• Descriptions of any past or current Contracts whose deliverables
satisfy items covered in this announcement, either whole or in part.



Interested offerors should submit the information annotated above, in
hard copy, by close of business 14 May 2008 to: Commander, U.S. Army
TACOM LCMC, Acquisition Center, AMSTA-LC-WSC-C, Bldg 110, Attn: <>. Submissions
shall not exceed 25 pages (8 ½ X 11”), not including test data. Font
shall be 12 pitch with one inch borders. All information is to be
submitted at no cost or obligation to the Government. NO TELEPHONE
INQUIRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Documentation provided will not be
returned. This is a sources sought notice only. It is for planning
purposes only and should not be construed as a Request for Proposal or
a commitment by the United States Government.



SAMPLE RESPONSE FORM

System Performance.

• System Accuracy.

Accuracy of the _____________ pistol has been tested with the

following results:

a) From a Hardstand @ 50m:

b) Candidate weapon allows a shooter, when firing against an E-type

silhouette @ ___ meters to:

1) Hit the target with 2 shots to the upper torso and one to the

head within __ seconds. (Enter actual time to meet requirement)

2) Hit the target with 2 out of 3 shots at 5 meters within __

seconds. (Enter actual time to meet requirements).

• Projectile characteristics.

When fired from the _________________ pistol system, the _____

ammunition produces a wound channel volume of ________cubic inches

when fired into ballistic gelatin from a distance of 25 meters. The

cavity is measured from 0-14 inches deep.

• Reliability.

The ______________ pistol system has demonstrated _______ Mean

Rounds Between Stoppage (MRBS) (operator clearable/correctable

stoppages), and ________ Mean Rounds Between Failures (MRBF) (non-

operator correctable).

• Service Life.

The ____________ pistol system has been demonstrated to have a

minimum service life of _______ rounds.



System Characteristics.

• Ergonomics.

The ________ pistol system accommodates the 5th to 95th percentile of

users. This is achieved by_(describe how system is able to

accommodate users of different hand sizes)______________________.

• Target Acquisition Enablers.

a) The __________ pistol system has/does not have Mil-Std-1913

rails.

b) The __________ pistol system has/does not have Integrated aiming

/pointed devices.

• Physical Dimensions:

With sights attached and empty magazine inserted in weapon, the

__________ pistol system dimensions are as follows:

a) The full size version is ___ inches long, ____ inches high, and

____ inches wide. Weight is ____ ounces.

b) The compact version is ____ inches long, ____ high, and ____

inches wide. Weight is ____ ounces.

• Detection Avoidance:

a) The __________ pistol system color is ______________.

b) The Pistol candidate can/cannot be operated with sound and flash

suppression kit in place as demonstrated by the ___________

suppressor. The suppressor impacts performance of the weapon in the

following manner: ______________________________________________.

• Safety Mechanisms:

a) The __________ pistol system has the following internal safety

mechanisms in place: __________________________________________

The effectiveness of these devices were tested in the following

manner: __________________________________________________________.

b) The __________ pistol system has the following external safety

mechanisms in place: __________________________________________

The effectiveness of these devices were tested in the following

manner: __________________________________________________________.
 
Modular Handgun System Wikipedia
Joint Combat Pistol
DefenseTech Article
Discussion of the MHS at M4carbine.net