The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services.
As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS.
The MHS would replace the Army’s inventory of more than 200,000 outdated M9 pistols and several thousand M11 9mm pistols with one that has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability, according to Daryl Easlick, a project officer with the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga.
“It’s a total system replacement — new gun, new ammo, new holster, everything,” Easlick said.
I love the old M1911A1, and never have liked the M9. I know people that do, but they’re wrong.
One of the real issues with pistols in the service is that they may only fire Full Metal Jacket ammunition. That really constrains their terminal ballistics. Given that restriction, a larger, slower round like a .45 is going to do much better than the zippy little 9mm.