B&T USW (Universal Service Weapon) | TFBTV | SHOT 2017

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The B&T USW is a fresh take on the duty weapon concept. There have been other handguns that have some of the same features, but none of them have been anywhere as well thought out. The B&T USW also features a brand new Aimpoint that was designed especially for B&T and the USW. Sources inside of B&T tell me that Aimpoint should be releasing it on the US market within the next 12 months, there is no concrete release date at this time.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • Vhyrus

    I want these to become widespread among American police, if for no other reason than to completely shred the ‘in common use’ argument for the NFA.

    • Audie Bakerson

      I think it’s better to demand your legislators introduce repeal. At least it’s more fun as a hobby.

      Also an option: Bug your state legislators for a resolution condemening US v. Miller as a criminally rigged mockery of law.

  • Chippathingy

    Looks a lot like VBR – Belgium’s, but then again they weren’t the first to think of it either…

  • valorius

    I’d rather just carry a P90 or HK MP7 if it was me. Or a Broomhandle for that matter.

    • Vhyrus

      The main difference is that these can holster and present like a normal handgun. You can sort of do that with an MP7 (good luck getting those in the states even as a LEO) but there’s no chance with a P90. These also don’t need the weird PDW ammo.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah, but this thing looks super cool.

      • valorius

        Weird PDW ammo that penatrates body armor and has a very realistic 100 meter effective range, in weapons that have very high capacity.

        I was referring to duty use, btw, obviously i wouldn’t walk around with a slung P90 in my daily travels as a citizen.

        This weapon reminds me of the awkward P08 luger predecessor, the Borchardt because of the overhand behind the pistol grip.

        • Marcus D.

          Wear a duster and sling the P90 under your arm.

        • retfed

          If you’ve ever had to run with a shotgun or carbine slung under your coat (and I have), you’ll appreciate the hosterability of this thing. It’s a lot easier on the ribs.
          A Broomhandle is cooler, but it takes longer to attach the wooden holster-stock.
          I agree about the Borchardt look. It gives the gun a certain steampunkish, pre-WWI Austro-Hungarian look.

          • valorius

            Why would you carry your PDW under your coat?

          • retfed

            I was carrying an 870 on a plainclothes protection gig. The powers that be didn’t want any complaints. (This was in a city where walking a handcuffed suspect half a block to your car drew irate phone calls to the director.)

          • valorius

            Carrying under a coat would definitely favor the HK MP7 over the FN P90, that’s for sure.

          • retfed

            I forgot, we also had Sidewinders, which were pistol-gripped 14-inch 1100s modified by the Page (or Sage; I’m old, I forget) company. We got rid of them in 1999, over my strenuous objections. A Sidewinder in a sling under your coat was the bee’s knees wearing the cat’s pajamas for low-profile or semi-UC work.
            All of those things, including the MP7, would benefit from having a way to attach the barrel to your belt to keep the barrel from banging on your hips and the receiver from banging you in the ribs. Of course, it would need a quick-detach feature. That’s why I think this B&T monstrosity is a step in the right direction.

          • valorius

            I used to carry a FN Five Seven Pistol with threaded barrel, 30rd magazine and Viridian C5L light laser when I was working really bad areas of Killadelphia. If i was a fed and didn’t have to worry about the NFA i’d have put a suppressor, single point sling and VFG on it. Would’ve been an epic under the coat gun.

          • retfed

            Glad those holes were in the Kevlar and not you. I’d have one less person to talk guns with.

          • valorius

            LOL, thanks. 🙂

  • Wang Chung Tonight

    Really need design too bad it’s $8,000.

    • d

      $8G for a handgun?????????

      • MrBrassporkchop

        It’s B&T, all their stuff is stupid expensive.

      • Kivaari

        I believe Patrick said it retails for $1005.

  • Bill Revoir

    Looks like they took a lot of parts from the Sphinx.

  • RogUinta

    Why do significant portions of that gun look like the Sphinx SDP? Is Sphinx related to B&T?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      They bought them I believe I think there is an article on this site from a while back.

  • micmac80

    I dont know how they feel that red dot position is workable ,as my experience with such stocked pistol is that when shouldered RED dot comes far to close to the eye so sight picture is no what you would like , i could actualy shoot with same or more accuracy without it shouldered simply because with extended hands red dot sight picture is right vs borderline unworkable shouldered

    • noob

      would a holster still be possible if the red dot was down at the front sight end?

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Possible yes but it would present some some different problems with use and engineering.

        • micmac80

          Only workable solution i see is make a stock a telescopic side folder with plenty more LOP othervise this is useles

          • Kivaari

            Maybe not. With a tiny dot it may be just fine for anything under 100m.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            The added bulk of the mechanism would probably make it harder to carry. I don’t think it’s useless. I’d have to shoot it to be sure either way. I’m sold on the idea of the red dot increasing a pistols range for hits. The stock even it it’s current format just might provide enough stability for the average officer’s trigger manipulations to not matter as much.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I agree and most higher level pistol shooters could shoot it better without the stock. I joke I’m almost better with a handgun than a rifle though because I spend 98% of my range time shooting them.

      They could also stretch it out beyond the advertised effective range of 80 yards.

      For the average officer who gets a couple hundred rounds a year and doesn’t shoot on their own time or do a significant amount of dry fire this B&T setup is probably better.

    • Anonymoose

      I think they need to have an L-shaped charging handle that you can grab instead of those screwy front cocking serrations.

  • Aklover

    Reminds me a lot of the Colt SCAMP. Everything old is new

  • jack smith

    It looks to me like B&T takes other firms overstocks, junk and old stuff and remixes it all in a way that appears sophisticated and, um, $wiss. Is that crazy? Is any of it a good value?

  • Kivaari

    It looks like a good military weapon.

    • M-dasher

      ….not really….

      if i want something to shoot pistol rounds, im gonna carry a pistol, and due without the bulk.

      if i want to carry something that functions as a rifle…..im gonna carry a rifle, that shoots actual rifle rounds.

      • Kivaari

        My hidden point was, it really isn’t very useful outside of the military. Perhaps a replacement for the M9 in a tank crew, or a medic or office worker. I agree with your assessment. I’d take a Glock 17 or 19 first. I say give everyone possible an M4 carbine. Maybe it would make a good seat pack gun in an ejection seat.

        • myndbender

          If the FN P90 or HK MP7 never really took off service wide, I don’t see this going far either, although it is a very cool and novel weapon.

          • Kivaari

            The FN and HK wont ever go anywhere. Both are too weenie for the real world. I’d rather have a real pistol and a real carbine.

      • iksnilol

        Well, this has the bulk of a pistol, so I don’t understand your argument.

        • M-dasher

          Yes…..if that pistol were a desert eagle……

          • iksnilol

            No, it just has a slightly extended beavertail.

  • therealgreenplease

    One of these would be great for the house but… $8,000?! Between that and the paperwork here in the states: not going to happen for me.

    • Rob

      Where is this number coming from?

    • myndbender

      I’ve always been impressed with B&T’s quality and sheer amount of improvements they provide for a multitude of weapon systems. However, their prices have always been through the roof no matter what it is. Must have something to do with being Swiss made…

      • DIR911911 .

        “because we are swiss” . . . haha goes for price and quality

  • GearHeadTony

    A handgun trying to be a rifle that doesn’t work very well as either.

    • DIR911911 .

      so you have shot it then? how many rounds? video??

      • GearHeadTony

        A handgun that makes a Desert Eagle look tiny and a rifle with a max range of 80 yards??? As other people have stated here, this is not a new concept. There’s a reason why it hasn’t caught on before.

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    There is a reason why shoulder stocked pistols and machine pistols were nothing more than a novelty in 20th Century firearms design. They were neither fish or fowl and didn’t really do anything particularly well,….except look really cool. These are just 21st century versions of the same and will suffer the same fate. Do however, Google “Napoleon Solo Gun” and you’ll see their biggest commercial success. The horror….the horror….

    • Stephen Paraski

      My friend had the Man from U.N.C.L.E. Briefcase when we were kids. I am sure he still has it to this day.

  • AD

    I think this has a lot of potential, I’m looking forward to seeing actual footage of it being fired.

  • Stephen Paraski

    They need to be available for everyone. If it is a old stocked pistol it is ok to own with out a “Tax”. Same with length laws. Outdated. Law abiding citizens follow laws, crooks and cartel members do not.

  • Kivaari

    That is quiet true about the M1 Carbine. There isn’t a much nicer handling and packing little weapon. The power wasn’t much, but it was enough to let you know you were shooting and simply fun to use.

    • DrewN

      Well, it’s certainly obsolete now with everyone wearing plates, but it was plenty powerful enough against unarmored opponents. I never felt undergunned myself.

      • Kivaari

        In “Shots Fired in Anger” Col. John George is said to have shot 35 Japanese soldiers using the M1 carbine. Most were one shot stops at short range where he and the enemy bumped into each other on trails.

  • Squirrel

    I get the “skilled handgun shooters would have no use for this” argument, but the reality is that this is marketed for police officers because it can fill a void. I have been a cop for 11 years and a department firearms instructor for 4. Once you go beyond 10 yards, a typical police officer’s accuracy falls off and quick! Training is premium and standards are low. Putting these in the hands of patrol cops would do wonders for combat accuracy as well as lessen the risk of bystanders.

  • Geremy Tibbles

    Looks like a PP-2000. Really cool, shame it’s NFA here.