ARMY Says MHS Is OVER, Glock Exploring Other Options

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

According to a recent article at, US Army spokespersons said in emails with the magazine that the Army would not be re-trying the Modular Handgun System competition between finalists SIG Sauer and Glock. This statement comes on the heels of Glock Vice President Josh Dorsey’s complaint that the MHS program had been left unfinished, saying that the endurance testing went “uncompleted”. However, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) contradicts this assessment, and notes that the Army never promised in the Request for Proposal (RFP) to award more than one contract prior to Product Validation Testing (PVT).

In the emails, the Army spokesperson said that the MHS contract award “speaks for itself”, backing up a contract awarded on the basis of an over 100 million dollar gap between Glock’s and SIG’s bids. However, Glock’s senior management isn’t done yet, according to the article: The company will continue to seek ways to re-open testing.

With the force of the GAO report behind them, the massive difference in the two companys’ bids, and the conclusion of a program that dates back to the early 2000s, the US Army’s case for sticking with SIG seems very strong. It’s unclear what paths Glock is considering to give themselves another shot at winning the competition.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Patrick K Martin Patrick K Martin on Jul 24, 2017

    I say again, what about the term "Modular" is everyone having a problem with? The Sig is "Modular" the Glock is NOT. Glock was disqualified by the fact that it fails to meet the standards for the test but not being modular and multi-caliber, so they need to move on.

  • Paul Paradis Paul Paradis on Aug 07, 2017

    You lost. Get over it.