At the top of my SHOT Show schedule was the B&T booth to find out more about their growing offerings available to U.S. consumers. And they didn’t disappoint. We’ve talked recently here at TFB about the APC line of firearms chambered in pistol calibers like 9mm and .45ACP as will as rifle cartridges like 5.56 and .308. But, I have had my sights set on the modern-day Welrod suppressed pistol, the VP9. And I’m happy to report that B&T will be bringing the VP9 to America.
Timeline, prices and other details are slim at the moment because the VP9 is still undergoing an ATF review. However, if all goes well, dealers may be able to sell the silent pistol by the end of the year. A price “guesstimate” is in the $2K to $2.5K range and it may include the Aimpoint Nano as previously seen on the USW line of pistols.
It’s no secret that I have a passion for unique silencers, and the VP9 fits that bill perfectly. If all goes well, I’ll be ordering my own 2017 Christmas present.
The VP9 is, as a repeating pistol in calibre 9 x 19 mm with an integrated suppressor, the most quiet pistol in this calibre on the market. The barrel, due to several holes in front of the chamber, slows normal (supersonic) ammunition down to subsonic speed, therefore the suppression is optimal.
B&T USW A1 and USW
Also bound for U.S. shores is the USW line of pistols. Packaged with a light and the afore mentioned Aimpoint Nano, the USW A1 will be capable of accepting a foldable stock once registered as a short barreled rifle (SBR). Also in development is a level two polymer retention holster. Outfitted with a protective hood for the red dot optic, the holster is capable of accepting the USW A1 with the stock folded or extended.
Still in the design phase, a second USW pistol is currently in development (I got to see the raw cad drawings directly from one of the top B&T engineers). The new version will be built on a modular polymer frame that will have the ability to switch internals similar to the Sig P320. There is no ETA on the modular USW pistol.
Another price “guesstimate” will place the below pictured USW A1 at $2K, which will include the light and optic.
In order to react to the quickly changing threats faced by police forces all over Europe, especially those threats presented by Islamic terrorist, law enforcement needs to quickly rethink its armament. The recent terroristic attacks have proven, today’s police side arms are not able to cope with an opponent armed with military assault rifles and bomb vests.
This is the main reason for the development of the Universal Service Weapon (USW). It was to designed to be a weapon which enables the first responder, thus the normal patrol officer, to intervene effectively in the event of a terrorist event. It is also a sidearm that is suitable for every kind of “normal” police work.
The USW will be available in two versions. One with a DA/SA trigger, available in Spring 2017 and one with a preset striker available Winter 2017.
Also arriving is the SPR300, a suppressed bolt action rifle chambered in .300BLK. Due to import restrictions, the American version needs a few tweaks before it becomes available. As such, there is no ETA as this point.
The SPR300 is the perfect precision tool for all kinds of sniper assignments up to 150 meters. Due to its integrated suppressor the SPR300 is more silent than an air rifle. The SPR300 is designed as a quick take down rifle, enabling the operator to sneak into position, as it fits a small and inconspicuous carrying bag.
B&T KH9 and GHM9
Whereas the KH9 is a “Collector Series” gun and will only be available in limited quantities, the GHM9 will be more accessible. Missing the interchangeable magazine wells and sporting a polymer lower receiver, the GHM9 will be more affordable than the KH9. I was able to do a superficial “weight and feel” comparison and the two guns are expectedly well made and refined.
These are indeed exciting times. Stay tuned to TFB for more details as they are released.