For nearly two years now, the U.S. Army has been trying to replace its Beretta M9 service weapon — and believe it or not, the Army is finally starting to make some progress. Slow progress, to be sure, but progress nonetheless.
From these, the Army expects to “downselect” just three finalists in August. It will then spend a further nine months evaluating how well the finalists actually produce weapons matching the designs they have submitted. At that point, nearly three years after the process began, the Army thinks it will be ready to pick a winner.
And the winner is …
Who will that winner be? That’s hard to say, because even at this late date, we still don’t know precisely who is competing. Janes believes that the 12 competitors who submitted bids include: