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As reported by the Air Force Times:

Air Force lays out specs for its next handgun

By Seamus O’Connor - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 20, 2007 10:00:40 EDT

The Air Force is asking gun makers for their input on the design of the next handgun for airmen.


Staff Sgt. Bryan Bouchard / Air Force
An airman shoots a 9mm Beretta during target practice at a base in Iraq. The Air Force wants a weapon with a baseline caliber of .45, a service life exceeding 25,000 rounds and a grip that can be tailored for any user.

The service issued a memo Monday laying out its demands. The service wants a weapon with a baseline caliber of .45, though gun is required to be reconfigurable for multiple bullet sizes. The ideal weapon would have a service life exceeding 25,000 rounds and has a grip that can be tailored for any user, according to the memo.

In addition, the memo set out specifications for an accompanying silencer. The device must be able to reduce discharge noise to 140 decibels at least, weigh no more than 10 ounces and have a service life of 3,000 to 10,000 rounds.

The required monthly production rate is 7,500 handguns, starting six months after the forthcoming contract is awarded, the document said.

The information brought in by the memo will be used to create a request for proposals at a yet unannounced time.

Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff, first introduced the idea of new Air Force handguns at a House Appropriations Committee hearing in February. An unspecified portion of the $7 billion Air Force supplemental budget request is set aside for handgun acquisition.

The article can be found at; http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2007/04/airforce_handgun_request_070419w/

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Well, lets hope that it's not a variant of the 92fs. Bleh!


I foresee HK or FN stepping up to the plate.

Wish glock would... but they are too strict to their roots.
 

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i like that the military is lookin at .45 again - hopefully it will drive down the price of the beloved .45 ammo!
 

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MrMcCrackin said:
i like that the military is lookin at .45 again - hopefully it will drive down the price of the beloved .45 ammo!

woooooord!


Would also like to see walther get in the game, but they are small time compared to the other three big ones I mentioned.
 

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Shad said:
The exact same pistol I was thinking when I read the requirements they needed for the new pistol.
and why do you think that is?

( fwiw i dislike this gun because S&W lifted the steel subframe from Steyr, and then pinned it to the plastic frame :| )
 

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IIRC CZ has a steel subframe model line in play as well.
It's flatly a good idea to do.

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MrMcCrackin said:
i like that the military is lookin at .45 again - hopefully it will drive down the price of the beloved .45 ammo!
Or increase the price as demand increases and supply decreases.
 

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Walther is more set on police contracts...Bummer since I still say its the best damned pistol maker in Europe. I love the P5

Beretta will submit their PX4

HK the USP most likely

FN has a new 45 FNP

Taurus has the OSS 24/7 45

Sig the 220

S&W the m&p

Springfield the XD


PersonallyI would throw out the S&W and XD since they are not truely double action pistols. They are essentially single action striker guns, which is fine if your ammo is fine. However in battle ammo can ge nasty and somtimes you need a second pull to get the round to fire.
 
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