Congress has told the U.S. Air
Force that they cannot go ahead and buy a new pistol, to replace the 9mm M9
everyone in the Department of Defense has been using for the past two decades.
Congress told the air force to get with the other services and come up with a
new pistol for everyone. That's what everyone has been trying to do, without
much success, for the last few years.
A 31JAN2005 A-C-E post mentioned the Army was looking at alternative pistols, but said it had no intention to move away from the M9.
Why not move the selection of small arms up a level in the DoD, so only one organization makes the final decision? Organizations in the branches could participate in the process.
Or, let SOCOM select the handgun for all services, since it has the most demanding requirements. A pistol optimized for SOCOM should be more than adequate for the basic trooper in all branches.
How about a multicaliber, modular, quick-barrel-change, pistol? The Keltec PLR-16 shows what can be done: