|This is not how a soldier would be using a pistol in combat -- but it looks good [Peter J. Berardi]|
Click here for related story [Matthew Cox - Military.com]
The Department of Defense is soliciting a new firearm.
Reportedly, its previous selections were unsatisfactory as they replaced a perfectly good side-arm which did the job, but wasn't as cool looking as the newer models.
It wasn't broke, but they "fixed" it anyway.
They want a pistol that "... has greater accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability" to replace 200,000 "outdated M9 pistols and thousands of M11 9mm pistols which replaced the .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol dating back to 1911.
Now, these 200,000+ "outdated" pistols will be replaced by a purchase order for more than 400,000 new pistols -- which means there will be more pistols than soldiers when they are delivered. We're not sure what will become of all the extra pistols, but, given recent history, we can only assume they'll find their way to the Homeland Security folks, of whom there are more than 240,000.
|.45 Caliber pistol|
It was designed as a reliable delivery weapon firing a low-velocity, high impact round which would lift a charging whacko off his feet, cause his heart to stop, and knock him back a few feet, usually leaving him permanently ineffective for future combat roles.
This pistol was not known for its accuracy other than at the close quarters [10 - 30 feet] for which it was highly respected.
It was replaced by a much more modern looking 9 mm pistol, and its successors, which have been roundly criticized for their ineffectiveness. So, the search begins anew for an even more expensive, less effective weapon.
What has been traditionally overlooked in these purchase frenzies is the purpose of a sidearm.
|Aiming is not an option|
The number of times a soldier will fire a pistol in combat could be counted on the fingers of one hand, minus a thumb, a forefinger, and a pinkie -- if that often.
If you want "accuracy, lethality, reliability and durability" we suggest you go to a firing range, or get an assault rifle.
When it comes time to use your pistol, it's too late to worry about anything other than "lethality" since the whacko who's charging at you will be ramming a bayonet into your chest before you can even aim at him. The old .45 caliber M1911, when covered with mud and sand, still functioned quite effectively and would continue firing no matter what.
Try that with the Pretty Boy Glocks or Sig Sauers -- the preferred weapon of the Secret Service and the FBI [they look cool and they have big magazines which will fire a bazillion rounds -- unless they jam].
We have to assume that a number of influential Congresspersons have been purchased by arms manufacturers, and that senior Military procurement officers have been offered lucrative positions with the arms manufacturers -- which is usually the case for how the Military acquires new weapons and equipment it doesn't need.