Have you been you been looking for a new handgun? You’re not alone! The Army is on the hunt for a new small arms weapon to replace the Cold War Era M9 9MM pistol. Gun and military enthusiasts alike have been a buzz speculating about what is going to replace the M9 so it makes perfect sense for Harry’s to chime in on this topic.
First off, why does the Army want to replace the M9? I’m sure the financially minded folks reading this are muttering under their breath about trying to cut our spending and tend to the giant amount of debt this country has accumulated, but in all reality this switch could help save money in the long run, if the appropriate weapon is chosen. The M9, though the gun of choice decades, does not have the power, durability, and the accuracy the Army is looking for. According to surveys, soldiers just do not have confidence in this hand gun. Parts are also having to be replaced consistency.
Reports on websites like Military.com and in several military focused forums are saying that the Army is hosting an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about a new Modular Handgun System. I have yet to find any hard evidence that this is actually happening…nothing on the official Army website yet. If this is true, then they are not only looking to replace the gun, they want new everything including ammo and holsters for a complete upgrade.
Now to the big question…what are they going to replace the M9 with? Its hard to say really, many guns are being made with non metal parts and the Military is not a fan of that. They want something highly durable and made of metal. As of right now, the .357 Sig, .40 Smith & Wesson, and .45 ACP are all candidates. We aren’t sure if any of these are exactly what the Army is looking for, what do y’all think would be a great fit?