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The US Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ) on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW), intends to purchase Sub Compact Weapons (SCW) from thirteen different gun manufactures for weapon trials to improve the effectiveness of Personal Security Details (PSD) on the evolving modern battlefield.

According to the Army Times, the Army announced it would spend $428,480 to award sole-source contracts to Beretta USA, Colt Manufacturing Company, CMMG Inc., CZ-USA, Sig Sauer and seven other gun manufactures for highly concealable subcompact guns.

These SCWs are “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage,” according to a June 15 special contract award notice.

“Currently, PSD military personnel utilize pistols and rifles; however, there is an operational need for additional concealability and lethality,” the notice states. “Failure to provide the selected SCW for assessment and evaluation will leave PSD military personnel with a capability gap which can result in increased warfighter casualties and jeopardize the success of the U.S. mission.”

Gun manufactures selected by the ACC-NJ had until June 16 to respond to the notice. The SCWs will be procured by the Army for further evaluation and testing in the coming weeks/months.

“The acquisition of the SCW is essential in meeting the agency’s requirement to support Product Manager, Individual Weapons mission to assess commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) SCWs in order to fill a capability gap in lethality and concealability.”

The following thirteen weapons were submitted by the corresponding companies: 

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0034 Awardee: Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC for CM9MM-9H-M5A, Colt Modular 9mm Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $22,000.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0037 Awardee: Beretta USA Corporation for Beretta PMX Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $16,000.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0038 Awardee: CMMG, Inc. for CMMG Ultra PDW Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $8,500.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0039 Awardee: CZ-USA for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Submachinegun Amount: $14,490.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0040 Awardee: Lewis Machine & Tool Company for MARS-L9 Compact Suppressed Weapon Amount: $21,900.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0041 Awardee: PTR Industries, Inc. for PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $12,060.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0042 Awardee: Quarter Circle 10 LLC 5.5 CLT and 5.5 QV5 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $24,070.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0043 Awardee: SIG SAUER, Inc. for SIG SAUER MPX Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $20,160.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0044 Awardee: Trident Rifles, LLC for B&T MP9 Machine Guns Amount: $36,000.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0045 Awardee: Zenith Firearms for Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons Amount: $39,060.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0048 Awardee: Heckler and Koch Defense Inc for HK UMP9 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $10,850.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0049 Awardee: Angstadt Arms Corporation for Angstadt UDP-9 Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $15,950.00

  • Award Number: W15QKN-18-P-0050 Awardee: Noveske Corporation for Noveske Sub Compact Weapon Amount: $17,200.00

Here some images of the SCWs that the Army will be evaluating and testing in the near term: 

CZ-USA for CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Submachinegun

CMMG, Inc. for CMMG Ultra PDW Sub Compact Weapon

CM9MM-9H-M5A, Colt Modular 9mm Sub Compact Weapon

SIG SAUER MPX Sub Compact Weapon

Zenith Firearms for Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons 

PTR Industries, Inc. for PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon

Heckler and Koch Defense Inc for HK UMP9

Angstadt Arms Corporation for Angstadt UDP-9 Sub Compact Weapon

Noveske Corporation for Noveske Sub Compact Weapon

So, this is the first time in decades that the U.S. Army is searching for SCWs for conventional forces, as it recognizes troops that wield pistols and rifles have an operational gap that can result in “increased warfighter casualties.” The Army will be testing a dozen or so SCWs and will shortly be making a decision which weapon system will fill that gap and ensure dominance on the modern battlefield for regular troops. This is yet another sign the Pentagon is preparing its grunts for war.