Thursday, October 15, 2015

FBI looking for a new pistol

On soliciation dated Oct 7, 2015, FBI noted that they are looking for a new pistol chambered in 9mm. Compact size should have barrel length of 3.75" to 4.25, full-size from 4.26" to 5.2"

Some of requirements are,

  • Striker fired pistol with constant trigger weight from the first to last shot fired. Trigger pull must be between 4.5 to 6 lbs
  • no decockers
  • must be able to use magazine from full size in compact version
  • should carry 16 or more rounds for full-size, 14 or more for compact. mechanism should be same
  • grip must have replacable panels to adjust for different hand sizes
  • no finger grooves
  • magazine should have holes to check how many rounds are in there, at least one hole for 5 rounds. Followers preferably has high visibility colors.
  • controls(slide lock, magazine release) must be ambidextrous and bea easily accesible from either sides. Magazine release has to be activated by lateral pressure.
  • no external, grip safety
  • front and rear night sights, high visibility sight such as Trijicon HD preferred

The contract is minimum $25 million to $85 million over 10 years. It also includes Simunition pistol, training pistol, and parts.

The discussion seems to speculate that this is a way FBI is nudging Glock to update their offering. A lot of specifications can be met by various manufacturers if they change a few things. Currenty, out of commercially available guns, SIG Sauer P320 seems to be a contender.


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