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zombiescanlearn
05-25-2012, 2:23 PM
It's probably not true, or happening anytime soon, but I have read that with weapons like the H&K MP7, the U.S. military are phasing out the pistols like the Beretta et al. and will eventually replace them with other PDW that carry a bigger kick and have the ability to pierce body armor.

Anyone know if there is any truth to that?

PandaLuv
05-25-2012, 2:38 PM
Aren't mp7 used as primary weapons? Always thought handguns are just back for military serviceman.

SGTKane
05-25-2012, 3:00 PM
I've been hearing that since my first enlistment in 1992, although back then it was our M9's were going to be replaced with MP5's.

I do remember reading something about them starting to review the M9 though, and possibly opening it up for bids again for a replacement.

jayfarley3
05-25-2012, 4:20 PM
I highly doubt it. All the desk job people carry M9s when they deploy, I can't picture them getting a sub machine gun to carry while they sit behind a desk.

CBruce
05-25-2012, 4:40 PM
I heard the new standard armament will be squad weapon, battle rifle, assault rifle, submachine gun, pistol, compact pistol backup, and slingshot.

Or maybe that's my BF3 loadout for the "Absolute Badass" class.

beretta929mm
05-25-2012, 4:48 PM
Pistols, like bayonets, in today's combat, don't do much besides giving soldiers a sense of security when they are alone or in trouble.

SGTKane
05-25-2012, 4:56 PM
Bretta929mm, As someone who is here and not in a pine box because I had a pistol with me in Iraq, I gotta disagree with you there.

As much as I loath the M9 it was the weapon I used in my first engagement downrange, and it wasn't because I was alone, or needed a sense of security.

Oh, and CBruce you forgot the riot shield!

Peter.Steele
05-25-2012, 5:01 PM
I've been hearing that since my first enlistment in 1992, although back then it was our M9's were going to be replaced with MP5's.

I do remember reading something about them starting to review the M9 though, and possibly opening it up for bids again for a replacement.



Doubtful, since they just bought a whole s**tload more M9's.

westcoast362
05-25-2012, 5:43 PM
The M1 Carbine was going to replace the 1911A1. Didn't happen.

The King
05-25-2012, 5:49 PM
The movies all show the tunnel rats with a flashlight and a .45, maybe a .38. A few guys I know who actually witnessed it said tunnel rats carried a .22, perhaps with a silencer, protecting their own ear drums.

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
05-25-2012, 5:54 PM
they will be using this
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=151507&stc=1&d=1337993636
not my glock, I just found it on the web

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
05-25-2012, 5:56 PM
or this
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=151511&stc=1&d=1337993749

SA227driver
05-25-2012, 6:02 PM
The M9 is made in Italy. Where do we have strategic air bases in Europe?...Italy. I'm sure a backroom deal was made in exchange for keeping our bases that we adopt the M9 as our service pistol. No wonder the M9 beat out Glocks, Sigs, XDs, etc.

Just my thought on it.

RangemasterP226
05-25-2012, 6:07 PM
The M9 is made in Maryland.