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Old 08-31-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Modular handgun system testing new service pistols

So I read a cool article today about the Armys new modular handgun system program to replace the M9 service pistol. There are a few contenders including the P226.

Wouldn't it be cool if it got selected? Im in the Marines and I'm hoping if the P226 wins out then the Marine Corps will follow suit. I may even stay in a little longer if it does . I just am not a fan of the M9..

Here's the article if anyone wants to read:
Pistols with a shot at replacing the M9 | Army Times | armytimes.com
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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interesting article, thanks
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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While I think it'd be cool for the Navy to adopt the P226 because I'm a SIG fan, I don't think it will ever happen. Having served in the Navy for ten years, I can tell you that I was afraid to see who the Navy was willing to upload. Like the P229, I don't think the P226 is a serious candidate because of the lack of positive safety. Giving the SEALS a P226 is not an issue. Its the lowly squids that I'd be worried about. You need absolutely every possible safety measure possible for some of those cats.
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Interesting read. I don't know what on earth is wrong with a 220...


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You need absolutely every possible safety measure possible for some of those cats.
Well, Beretta has it, but the Army chiefs don't like it. I am pretty sure P226 DA/SA has an adequate safety. Also, the ability to draw a gun and shoot immediately is a huge plus.
Just my personal opinion, of course
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Gun selection

I think the military should have THE best equipment for use in the broadest applications. Let the chips fall as they will.

Thank you for your service and sacrifices!

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I think the military should have THE best equipment for use in the broadest applications. Let the chips fall as they will.

Thank you for your service and sacrifices!
The best for military purpose is a way different from the best for home use/civilian/range one.
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Sig P226 lost to Beretta M1 last time due to cost per unit. I wonder if Sig will re-introduce the P226 as a Service Arms. If someone is going to shoot their toes off, a Safety only saves one... And if you can't train them not to do that how are you going to train them how to use a Safety...
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One of my most memorable days on the range was watching a limp wristed ranger in the center lane firing and getting stove pipe jams because of the limp wrist. About every 3 rounds it was jamming. On the 4th or 5th jam he was frustrated, obviously held the trigger down as he cleared it and proceeded to miss his big toe by about 2". He managed to get the minimum score to qualify.

The next day on the land navigation range he was one of those wanting to do the course as a team effort because he was not confident in his skills.

I never let him forget he tried to shoot his toes off just so he would not fail a land navigation course with that tab on his uniform.

If the safety engagement problem was a bigger issue he might not have been so embarrassed. : O

Hopefully the one they pick will not rust as fast as the M9. The .45's I turned in had better finishes on them than some M9's the day they arrived.
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Having shot a vast majority of the pistols being tested I really hope the Sig wins out. I don't think it will due to cost again though.. since the budget isn't all that great and things are being cut left and right (we have to fight just to get printer paper in our recruiting office). Hopefully they don't use cost as the main factor and pick the hands down best pistol of the bunch. The Sig definitly my #1 with the glock and hk coking in 2nd and 3rd.

I'm thinking they will glock or the 92fs
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That article was from 2 years ago. The military keeps having these "make us a better handgun" tests and then nothing ever comes from it.

The military recently bought hundreds of thousands of new M9s. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.
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That article was from 2 years ago. The military keeps having these "make us a better handgun" tests and then nothing ever comes from it.

The military recently bought hundreds of thousands of new M9s. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.
The article I read was from the Marine Times last month. That article I posted was the closest thing online I could find. Ill try and find a link to the Marine article.

If anything its wishful thinking. I truly hope the M9 gets replaced, I've literally had 30+ failures on the range with that thing. And I'm not the only one..
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My thought is the Military went 9mm to align with Nato and have one round in the resupply network. It will be major to go away from that. They have a ongoing supply of 9mm.
As far as a safety and proper gun handling the guys before us did very well with the 1911 in combat. They can learn decocking with just training. The ones that can't Darwin just missed them in childhood is all.
I am not comfortable with the 9mm for our guys in harm's way. There is something to be said for weight in choosing ammo. The guy in danger needs to knock the other guy out of action so weight is of less importance to him.
Maybe the Military needs to look at 357Sig, and make it cheaper for all of us.
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