Army Officially Announces It’s Rejection of Beretta M9A3
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It looks like the Army will be getting a whole new pistol system sometime in the foreseeable future.
The Army has been considering an upgrade to its aging arsenal of Beretta M9 pistols and it looks like a new version of that pistol will not be the way they go.
According to Military.com:
In early December, Beretta USA, the maker of the U.S. military’s M9 pistol for 30 years, submitted its modernized M9A3 as a possible alternative to the Army’s Modular Handgun System program — an effort to replace the M9 with a more powerful, state-of-the-art pistol.
The improved M9 features new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability, Beretta USA officials said.
But by late December, it was all over for Beretta’s engineering change proposal for the M9. The Army’s Configuration Control Board decided not to evaluate the M9A3, according to a source familiar with the decision.
The move clears the way for the Army to release a pending request for proposal that will launch the MHS competition.
Cue rampant speculation on what the next pistol will be.