Army orders 10 different types of new subguns for testing (PHOTOS)
By Chris Eger
Sgt. Robert Brown fires an MP5 submachine gun at a range on the Iraqi Special Operations Forces compound at Baghdad’s Victory Base Complex, Oct. 16, 2009. (Photo: U.S. Army)
The U.S. Army plans to award a flurry of small contracts to 10 different firearm companies for what it is terming “Sub Compact Weapons.”
A synopsis of the contract award says the Army is looking for a commercially available design to meet the branch’s need for a “highly concealable” SCW “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage.” The awards, ranging from $8,500 to $39,060 would include a small quantity of 9mm weapons with along with magazines, cleaning kits, suppressors, spare parts and other tools and accessories if needed.
The guns would include Beretta’s PMX, Brügger & Thomet MP9s provided by Trident Rifles, Colt’s Modular 9mm, CMMG’s Ultra PDW, CZ’s Scorpion EVO 3 A1, Lewis Machine & Tool Company’s MARS-L9, PTR’s HK MP5-style 9CS; Quarter Circle 10’s 5.5 CLT, and 5.5 QV5; Sig Sauer’s MPX series, and MP5-style Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K guns from Zenith Firearms.
The selection of so many MP5 variants should come as no surprise as the Army currently