Dakota Tactical: First Wave Of B&T USWA1 Pistols Hits U.S. Shores

B&T continues to introduce their products to America, although, unfortunately, slower than most of us would like due to ATF approval processes. As I anxiously await the VP9 (not that one) to be granted access, another one of the Swiss pistols is finally available. Joe Stoppiello, owner/operator of Dakota Tactical, was nice enough to take some pictures of the newest addition to the B&T lineup to enter the U.S. market: the USWA1. Imported via B&T USA in Tampa, FL as a pistol, owners following the ATF Form 1 process will be able to give life to its true SBR state.

Using some Sphinx parts, B&T built the USWA1 that only makes it slightly resemble its cousin. First and foremost, the rear portion of the frame includes a mount that can accept a side folding shoulder stock. That same over-the-slide mount also provides an attachment point for a new red dot optic, the Aimpoint NANO.

Moving forward, the slide includes a flared and serrated surface for charging the pistol, since the optic and mount prevents a more traditional action. The barrel is threaded to accept an always welcome silencer, and three types of B&T marked magazines are included in increasing capacities. A 200 Lumen B&T (Inforce) APL weapon light is also included in the package.

Some may balk at the $2,200+ street price, however, with the Aimpoint NANO, weapon light, three large capacity magazines, holster and threaded barrel, the package itself is fairly reasonable if you are looking for a unique pistol to SBR project.*

NOTE: The above listed accessories were included as a an introductory package deal. Orders after the initial run will not include a holster or extra magazines.



  • Operation: Semi-automatic
  • Caliber: 9 x 19 mm
  • Barrel length: 110 mm (4.33 in.)
  • Muzzle feature: M13.5 x 1 LH threads
  • Handling: Ambidextrous
  • Optic: Aimpoint NANO
  • Illumination: B&T 200 lumen APL tactical pistol light
  • Included: 3 magazines (17, 19 and 30 round), 3 grip panel inserts (S-M-L), duty holster, sling, cleaning kit, manual, hard case
  • MSRP: $2,350.00

Dakota Tactical

We are a Type 07 FFL and Class 02 SOT manufacturer of roller delayed blowback firearms and Heckler & Koch compatible firearm accessories.

We began in this industry with our HK SL8 to G36 conversion service. It was this conversion that quickly earned us a reputation for unsurpassed quality and exceptional attention to detail. We then began HK USC to UMP conversions where our reputation for excellence continued to grow. By 2009 we began to manufacture our own line of roller lock firearms which are accredited by many to have changed the overwhelming negative criticisms of the U.S. made roller lock market.


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  • JumpIf NotZero

    Kinda thinking about buying one…

  • Don Ward
    • jonp

      I can build you an entire house from foundation to ridge with that.

      • retrocon

        But what if I want a round house 😉

        • jonp

          I use it with a sextant.

  • glasspix

    If you go to restaurants where they serve pickled octopus eyeballs with mint sauce, this gun is for you. As pointless as exquisite, don’t blame you if you want one.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      How is a gun that can be both holstered AND shouldered pointless? Oh, and it comes with a red dot, mounted, for free, from the factory.

      • EdgyTrumpet

        “$2,200+” “red dot for free”

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Fine, ‘included in the cost’. Or, ‘ready to fight out of the box’.

          • Smitty Werbenjagermanjensen

            Dont forget the light too

      • jonp

        “How is a gun that can be both holstered AND shouldered pointless”?
        Well, it’s pointless about every way I can think unless your making a pun. If so then well done

  • Texas-Roll-Over

    make love to me you sweet sexy Swiss machine

  • BattleshipGrey

    For once I’m not going to complain about the price. It’s still unobtainium to me, but at least it’s built and outfitted to be a fighting gun right out of the box.

    • jonp

      Fighting what? Iv’e never heard one guy with a pistol say “crap, I wish I had a folding stock for this thing”

      • Iggy

        Well, based on Ian’s comments every time he shoots one for forgotten weapons, stocked pistols would probably be alot more popular if it wasn’t for SBR laws on the civilian side and cheap subguns made them obsolete on the military side. But they still are a great improvement on accuracy and stability over a pistol, and the recent surge in pistol red dots means even more options for improvement.
        As for the folding stock, this was designed for city police use in Europe, which can mean lots of foot patrols and that means you can’t necessarily get back to the car for the longarm if a major incident breaks out. Furthermore as the vast majority of police work does not require the use of a weapon, carrying a PDW or SBR on a sling or chest rig is bulky and gets in the way of routine police work. This can be mounted on a duty belt in place of a standard pistol and doesn’t take much more room, while providing for much improved accuracy and stability for first responders while the guys with the big guns rock up.
        Basically it’s a very nice gun that is specifically ideal for police work.

        • William Elliott

          don’t forget, in addition to the stock, it also has the red dot sight. There are some people who still look down their nose about a red dot on a pistol, but it is useful for longer shots…my only gripe is no back up irons…anything made by man can break, even an Aimpoint.

          • Richard Lutz

            Too true. A serious oversight.

      • Qoquaq En Transic

        Oh, I don’t know… tell that to everyone who purchases a stock for their Glock.

        It’s the SBR laws in the US which screws all this up.

        • jonp

          People buy stocks for Glocks are fanboys that will trick out anything to be the cool kid at the range. If your going to put a stock on a pistol get the entire chassis. I might, not cause i need one but because they are cool

          • Qoquaq En Transic

            There is an actual PDW (I’m thinking about the HK PDW) which is a pistol caliber SMG.

            The Glock with a stock could be nearly the same thing with a Glock 18 – in a smaller package.

            Too bad the Hughes Amendment stops that from happening for the average Joe and too bad the SBR laws exist.

          • BlueMarlin Blues

            Why? So you can bolt a bunch of to it?

      • jcitizen

        I love my 1911, but when I was in an SOT and fitted it up with one of those shoulder stocks the Christian Phalangists commandos used in Beirut. It was the most fun I’d had in years, I didn’t even want to shoot the SM-11-9 that day, which was one of my all time favorites. I put a 10 round BINGHAM AND TAYLOR snail drum on it, and had a blast! (1980s)

    • m-dasher

      anything in a pistol caliber is not a “fighting gun”….period.

      this thing is bulkier than a pistol….and less powerful than a rifle…….

      this would be great as a select fire….but as a semi, its really quite gimmicky

      • BattleshipGrey

        I agree that it would be better in a select fire option, but I highly disagree with your first statement. Unless you’re the one looking for a fight, you fight with what you have with you when there’s no other option but to fight, which for most of LE and CCWers is a pistol. If you have no option to not fight back, you can’t call a time out because you only have a pistol.

        • m-dasher

          well yes, we compromise with a pistol….mainly because we make the trade off in power for convince ( a pistol is a lot easier to carry, obviously)

          however, as it applies to this gun…….you cant carry this thing on your belt, or in your waste band…its not as convienent to carry as a typical handgun……you would essentially treat this like carrying a rifle (for all practical purposes)……in which case, youd be better off with an actual rifle

          • BattleshipGrey

            I can agree with you there. I’m not even really wanting this particular gun or claiming it’s the best gun available. What I should’ve said in my initial post was that you can pay the same price (give or take) for other pistols that don’t include any of the accessories that this comes with that would aid in a combat/SD/HD situation.

            But you make a good point in that given the size of this gun, one would be better suited with a rifle (or Gunxspecter’s suggestion of a PDW).

          • iksnilol

            Why? It fits a holster easily.

          • M-dasher

            You try carrying this in a holster for 8 hrs a day on duty……and completely forget about carrying this as a civilian( and CC is a no go)

            It may “fit” in a holster….but for the bulk, you really arent getting much benefit

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, no issue at all there. Only bulk it has is that bit sticking out behind where the aimpoint is on. Now maybe you’re so fat that the folds would snag on that hump. But most folks I know are slimmer so it won’t be an issue.

          • m-dasher

            dude….it is blatantly obvious you have never carried a gun in your life…..please stop talking

          • Tox

            I carry a gun daily, and have for 18 years plus. This gun APPEARS to me to be perfectly holsterable as a duty weapon (which this is designed for). Bulky yes, but not anything as onerous as you’re claiming. IMHO it isn’t Iksnilol who is obviously not experienced in duty weapon carry.

          • William Elliott

            besides the folding stock, and the cocking nubs on the forward part of the slide, it looks to be about the same size as a long slid Sphinx. Now, I wouldn’t want to carry it IWB, but for those of us who can carry open, or semi concealed [on the belt with a cover garment]its not totally out of of line. I have carried a glock 17, IWB, and OWB with weapon light and this would be no different [except, again, the stock adds some width, and the shroud ads some back end length, which should be tucked against your side]

            Guys can carry B&T MP9s or uzi’s under their jackets for protective details and do so all the time

          • jcitizen

            Yeah, and I assume those (B&T MP9s or uzi’s) weigh over 5lbs – this thing is 2.55 lbs. (empty)

          • jcitizen

            Maybe a special rig in the small of the back – wouldn’t work for T shirts of course. I’ve never forgot that funky movie hero “The 2nd Best Secret Agent in the World” and his Schnellfeuer mounted the same way. =)

          • jcitizen

            Won’t hurt my ego to carry a “man” purse! HA!



        You’re much better off with a PDW if compactness is a concern. Hell, with the stock out, you’re better off with a FN P90 with better ammo characteristics and 50 rounds on tap.

        • therealgreenplease

          The P90 was really ahead of its time. If it weren’t for the fact that ammo was so pricey I’d pick one up along with a pistol chambered in 5.7.

        • William Elliott

          what would really be nice is a cartridge that wouldn’t require a completely different firearm…the pistol format is always going to be easier, and less bulky to carry than a carbine/SMG…even the P90. Now, if it came chambered in a PDW cartridge that developed enough MV with a decent bullet…then we might have something. The 5.7 is too long…hell the new 7.5 FK BRNO is too long [need a CZ97 frame, not a CZ75 size]. There were however a few cartridges that kind of died on the vine that would be a good fit…like the 6.5 CBJ or that other straight wall cartridge [I think it was 7 or 8mm]

      • William Elliott

        too bad it probably can’t be chambered for that 7.5 BRNO cartridge…then you get your high velocity PDW round…

      • iksnilol

        Completely ignoring that it is way more capable than a pistol and muuuuch smalmer than a rifle.

        • M-dasher

          How is it “way more capable than a pistol”?

          Stocked pistols have been around nearly 200 yrs……and theyve always been a niche item that never sees much actual use.

          And how is this ” much smaller” than a 7.5″ Ar15 pdw?

          • iksnilol

            Okay, take your bone stock Glock 19 amd shoot at random targets between 75-150 meters. Then try the same with the USW. See how you fare. Then you’ll see it’s mch more capable.

            It is. A 7.5″ PDW won’t fit on your hip whilst a USW does. And it is much lighter. Less than 1.5 kg. Lighter than a SBR AR.

          • m-dasher

            glock 17, i have no problem making hits on a IDPA target at 100yds……if you struggle with that, maybe you need more training.

          • iksnilol

            Is different when it is measured up already for you. that’s why i said random targets from 75 to 150, not 100 meters (not yards).

          • Renato H M de Oliveira

            In a stressful environment, or with the target firing back?

          • BlueMarlin Blues

            JESUS CHRIST ITS JASON BOURNE! You’re an idiot

      • Qoquaq En Transic

        It really needs to be select fire.

        But we need to change the Hughes Amendment to get that, and that won’t ever happen.

        • jcitizen

          Many said Trump would never happen too.

      • Joe S

        I think you failed to grasp why this gun exists. The Europeans have a growing problem and this firearm was purpose built to solve that problem. Only time will tell if it is widely adopted for that role however the forecast is good.

  • Patriot Gunner

    Thomet was the real guy in the movie War Dogs played by Bradley Cooper. That probably adds $500 to the sticker price.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      I thought he was the guy who shot all the looters from the roof of the Super Dome…?

      • roguetechie

        No that was burger…

        Or tango…

        Or was it cash?

        I don’t know, it was somebody

  • Brett baker

    Makes a stocked glock look better to me.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Ive been looking for something really expensive to shoot my own windshield out with.

    • CountryBoy

      This would be okay, as a hole…

    • Joe S

      Good thing the car was a rental.

  • jonp

    If i had a spare $2k kicking around and wanted something different I guess but I really can’t think of one reason to buy this.

  • maxpwr

    Is Dakota Tactical making the 922R compliant parts to make this a Form 1 SBR or is someone else making the US parts?

  • Woody Dixon

    Needs an arm brace.

    • William Elliott

      oooh, a version with Gear Head Works “Tailhook”…I like how you think

  • Gabe

    Every time I see this gun I have 2 thoughts, “I want one” and “Really, they couldn’t get a longer barrel on this?”

    Just seems a gun not designed to be all that concealable could provide a slightly longer barrel than most standard pistols. However, I still want.

    • iksnilol

      Well, it was made for open carry. So makes sense.

    • William Elliott

      suppressor doesnt give you enough length?

  • I want one.

  • Walter E. Kurtz

    Someone didn’t get the memo that machine pistols are obsolete. The horror….the horror…

  • Ian

    I still don’t understand why they made this when they have had the BT9/Steyr TP9 rights for a while and that is basically a better version of this with similar size profile

    • William Elliott

      actually, I think this is smaller than the TP9 by a bit. Would need a side by side comparison to be sure, but it should be, as its just a long slide CZ75 with a sight hood and stock hinge…
      Should definitely be thinner

  • micmac80

    B&T Pakistani edition , B&T is just an overpriced copycat all their products are coples and clones of past firearms


    • Get over it fanbois

      That is a Mini UZI knockoff, so there goes the Pakis doing it first.

  • int19h

    I’d prefer a version with regular sights, without the red dot and the light.

    Also, what is that green thing on top of the slide in front?

  • Do SBRs still need to be 922(r) compliant? If so, how would one make this compliant? Are some parts U.S. made or…?

    • Cymond

      ATF has flip-flopped on this over the years, but they currently say that 922(r) does apply.
      IDK how to make it compliant.

    • Flounder

      Absolutely zero US parts here. They have no manufacturing capacity in the US… So… Wait for the aftermarket? (aimpoint does not count as parts towards 922r).

      • Twilight sparkle

        Aimpoint isn’t even made in the us…

        • Flounder

          You are right. I thought they had a manufacturing or an assembly plant in the US given how many optics they make for the US government.

  • John

    It’s kind of a toss up, It would be a really cool idea to have a compact pistol that easily turns into this (like that Glock contraption). Hmmm, an AR pistol is similar but can’t be folded, an AK Krink is just about as tiny but can take a 75 round mag and has a lot more horsepower.

    For the price, it not that bad because it’s Swiss and that says a lot. If it comes with a fold out scissors, bottle opener and spoon, it’s definitely worth it.

  • Giolli Joker

    It is B&T, no longer Brugger & Thomet.

  • Hoplopfheil

    Somebody could probably make a GLOCK frame with the same kind of over slide stock mount.

    • Flounder

      The Roni?

      • Joe

        I don’t think the word frame means what you think it means.

      • Hoplopfheil

        I’m thinking less of a bloated parasitic attachment, and more of a subtly redesigned frame with an extension on the back.

    • William Elliott

      problem would be the “beaver tail”. Basically this is a CZ75 with an extremely long beaver tail, with enough meat to bolt the shroud to, and [I would assume] an extension at the end that goes up for the stock hinge. You can do that with a frame that is machined from metal. Doing that with a Glock…well, have to start with a metal frame, or at least a composite one [metal sub frame, with polymer over top, etc].
      Not saying it CAN’T be done…just saying, to do it, you’d probably have a similar cost. only benifit would be using glock parts and magazines.

  • AZgunner

    Too large to be a comfortable and practical pistol. Too small too make an effective carbine. I suppose it’s neat if you just want something different, but I don’t see much use for this outside of a really niche role in European policing.

  • Giolli Joker

    “Based on the Sphinx action/frame, the B&T gun has several
    enhancements that make it nearly indistinguishable from its cousin.”
    I guess you’d want to rephrase, because I read that the B&T is nearly identical to the Sphinx.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Yep. I had that backwards. Thanks.

  • Paul Hacker

    John Wick ought to use that in the Third Chapter to come!

  • Herp

    *measures glove compartment*

  • Renato H M de Oliveira

    Remember that BT focuses a lot on Spec Ops and LEO, especially the European ones.
    In most EU countries, people feel uncomfortable when their policemen are carrying “big scary rifles and shotguns”, so they are frequently limited to handgun sized weapons.
    Once your requirements (stupid or not) rule out a full sized rifle / SMG / shotgun, you’re left with few options.
    One is the MP7, which is about a pistol size. But some people criticize its small projectiles (4.6mm / .177 caliber).
    Modern 9 mm loads are very effective (so much so that some LE agencies that used 40SW are going back to 9 mm).
    If your only option is a 9mm pistol, you’d like it to be as accurate as possible. One of the best ways to ensure such accuracy is to use a stock. How do you use a stock without making the gun unwieldy for daily use?
    Hide it!
    I’ve seen some USW videos, and the stock can be extended fairly easily (I can only suspect that BT can make it even easier / faster if the user so wishes).
    Select fire on a handgun is somewhat debatable, unless you are able to make the ROF really low, in the 300 RPM ballpark – otherwise it will be hard to control.

  • Cactus Air Force

    I know there’s always that one guy complaining about price, but for the love of pete. 2,200 dollars reasonable? I’ll be the first to say there’s nothing wrong with the gun, and I’m sure it’s a dream to shoot, but it’s just a 9mm optics ready duty pistol that needs a few stamps at the end of the day. Totally cool if you buy it, but recognize it as the range toy/status symbol it is, until you get your stamps and the Hughes amendment magically disappears.

    “Aimpoint NANO, weapon light, three large capacity magazines, holster and threaded barrel, the package itself is fairly reasonable if you are looking for a unique pistol to SBR project.”

    So basically paying for an optic, an off-brand weapon light that looks suspiciously similar to the Inforce APL, one extra magazine (Congrats, you get three mags. In this day and age if you buy a gun and it comes with less than 2 mags, you’ve been had), and a duty holster that looks like all the engineers at FAB Defense got down to business to defeat the huns, not to mention that as far as anyone can tell there has never been an unthreaded barrel, so it’s not like it gets them points for including (oh and no thread protector, because for 2,200 dollars you don’t get a thread protector)…I really have no idea why this would be considered “reasonable”, when, for the same price, I could buy an AR15 SBR that’ll last longer than a Confederate monument. Seriously, just buy a glock, or a canik, and put an optic on it, then get that stupid Endo tactical glockstock, swipe a 33 round EXTENDOCLIP from your local gangbanger, and you’re done. You’re never going to carry this in the method for which it was intended – as a select-fire duty sidearm – and if you do, and you’re not LEO, you’re a total loser with too much money, and you need to be my sugar daddy.

    tl;dr TFB has a love affair with expensive Euro imports that need two or more tax stamps to be worthwhile.

    • Tox

      Just a FYI – it’s a B&T branded APL, so not an off brand.

      • Cactus Air Force

        Ah, thanks for the clarification.

    • William Elliott

      why would it need two stamps? Its not select fire [wouldn’t be legal for us non SOT guys anyway]. Only stamp I see it needing is for the SBR conversion.

      • Cactus Air Force

        Just look at it. It wants to be suppressed. It’s going to look up at you with those puppy dog eyes and whine, and whaddya know, you’re 1000 bucks in the hole for an Osprey.

        • William Elliott

          unless you already have a suppressor for it [yah, I get what you are saying though]

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Suppressor 100% required.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Well. I can’t really argue with you. I do have a love affair with B&T guns.

      Yes. $2,200 is expensive. I guess in my head I was comparing it to other B&T offerings or ZEV builds with optics.

      • Cactus Air Force

        They are sweet guns, I can’t blame you. Compared to shelling out for a roland this is honestly much closer to what a roland is trying to be. It wouldn’t be too hasty in my opinion to say that the LEO duty sidearm will trend in this direction around the world, especially in light of mobile terror threats cropping up around the globe.

  • paul

    So many nasty comments about this weapon. While handguns that have shoulder stocks are NFA only in this country and those with suppresors are also NFA items, LEOs in other countries on foot patrol can and do carry them. Having them at ready with a single point sling(or the like) could be a great mode of carry for guard duty. Whats not to like? The unit is very lightweight, aims better than a normal handgun, and is right in front of you to use quickly.
    Just because it isn’t easily concealable doesn’t make it bad, the fact that it is there and ready to use allows people to know that someone is guarding the area, especially those that do not carry themselves(for whatever reason).

  • darrell_b8

    I wanted on until I saw MSRP….and it translated D I V O R C E!!

  • jcitizen

    KEWL – finally an alternative to either the UZI mini or the old SM-!!-9. I’d buy one and hope that some day the Hughes amendment is repealed! BTW – WHY aren’t they bragging about the 2.55 lbs weight (empty)? That is a MAJOR criteria for me!

  • Richard Lutz

    Nice. Needs backup iron sights.