Search for new US military pistol is still on

I was under the impression that the military had given up the idea of replacing the M9. Apparently not, according to

The Air Force had asked for $90 million in the 2007 supplemental to buy new, more powerful pistols. Instead, congressional negotiators appropriated $5 million for a joint study on a new combat pistol, with the Army as the lead agent.

The US Army and Navy have recently purchased more M9 pistols.

More here.

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  • JamesPMullin

    There is a wildcat pistol caliber that is now loaded by for the wildcat caliber are available from LoneWolfDistributors online.The pistol that uses this barrel and ammunition is the GLOCK model 20 or 20C.The bullet that would be most useful for military use would be the 95GR FMJ@ appox 2000 fps.Steel core would be more useful for military use.The name of this caliber is the 9X25 Dillon.It is a 10mm auto case necked down to 9mm.It is a bottlenecked case.The Lone wolf barrel is 6″ long or a 5 1/2″ long vented barrel.They are stainless match barrels but they can be ordered in “blackened” stainless.To install the barrel first buy a GLOCK model 20 or 20C.Field strip it.replace the GLOCK barrel with the Lone Wolf barrel.Load magazine with 15 rounds of Doubletap 9X25 Dillon 95gr FMJ bullets and you have a pistol that would be the basis for defeating body armor in the field.The 9X25 with a tungsten core or a steel penetrator would be better.Of course if this idea were taken one step further a 30 caliber bullet with tungsten core and a sabot would be even better.In the GLOCK kick isn’t bad.With vented barrel,little muzzle rise.Doubletap also loads 90,115,125 and 147 gr bullets.The 125 gr goes about 1600fps.Jim Mullin

  • USAF

    HA HA, the new pistol for US amry in future should be M2011 tactical, base on .45ACP/ M1911A1 , with tactical slide frame and mount / For conceptual design refer to follow:
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  • MarkM

    Since the major user group of pistols in the military are 1)MP’s, and 2) Company level Officers, I don’t see any need to change calibers or move to a uber tactical SERT model. 9MM is good enough in modern loads, and the few who can justify a special team pistol have budgets to get them.

    Industry production and design will likely bring about a nextgen pistol in polymer, but don’t expect anything earthshaking in it’s features. It’ll be a Browning barrel design, double stack, and possibly a form of double action, and it will get a switch the user has to deliberately move before he can shoot it. It’s all about whether the .Gov accepts it was a legal use, or out of the rules of land warfare. The safety puts the onus on the user.

    ALL pistols are now made with hammerforged barrels, and some form of nitriding is standard. About all that could be “innovative” would be the use of clock springs in the mags, and the aftermarket Beretta mags do that already.