Office of Secure [Nuclear] Transportation Selects ZEV OZ-9 X Combat

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
The New OZ9 Combat (Zev Tech)

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of Secure Transportation are set to procure ZEV’s OZ-9 X Combat. A notice of intent to procure was posted on announcing that the Office of Secure Transportation are responsible for the safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons and components and special nuclear materials.

Armed Federal agents escort the Office of Secure Transportation's highly modified secure tractor-trailers (NNSA)

OST identified an operational need to replace its current secondary duty weapon with a 9x19mm pistol that is concealable and also provides “short-range day and night defensive capabilities when their primary weapon is not being utilized.”

The New OZ-9 Combat (ZEV Tech)

Here’s the sole source contract award notice:

This a notice to negotiate and award a sole source contract in accordance with (IAW) Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) 6.302-1, Only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will satisfy agency requirements, with ZEV Technologies 2120 Northpark Dr, Centralia, WA 98531.

The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Office of Secure Transportation (OST) (NA-15) plans to contract for the purchase of the ZEV Technologies’ OZ-9 X Combat 9mm Pistol by means of other than full and open competition. OST is responsible for the safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons, special nuclear materials, and weapons components/assemblies between production facilities and Department of Defense (DoD) facilities using ground and air modes of transportation. The nuclear materials and components are entrusted to the custody of the OST Federal Agents (FAs) who are responsible for preventing the theft, sabotage, or takeover of nuclear weapons/materials. OST FAs receive extensive firearms training which provide them with the tactical and decision-making skills necessary to protect the nuclear shipments.

The notice goes on to explain: “the scope of this effort is to obtain the Zev Technologies’ OZ-9 Combat X 9mm Pistol with 3-dot tritium night sights installed and 6 PMAG 17 rounds magazines per handgun. Additionally, OST requires armorer training for armorers, replacement parts, and the ability to purchase additional handguns.”

The New OZ-9 Combat (Zev Tech)

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The notice also noted that field testing of the ZEV pistol ran between January 25 and 27, 2022, with the ZEV 0Z-9 handgun not only scoring the highest overall technical score among six (6) 9mm gun manufacturers, but the ZEV 0Z-9 handgun received the highest individual testing criteria scores in regards to weight, damage resistance, low light operations, pointability, ergonomics, malfunctions, recoil management, and overall impression.

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

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  • Cory Carlson Cory Carlson on Aug 05, 2022

    Spend that kind of money on the gun... And use aftermarket Magpul Glock mags that save $10. Genius. Got to love the govt. "Oz 9 with 6 Magpul mags per gun"

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