By Bob Owens
Senator John McCain has apparently had his name out of the limelight for too long, and so he’s decided to thrust himself into the national spotlight by holding forth on a subject he clearly knows nothing about, the U.S. Army’s XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) Contract.
The genesis for the MHS program was the realization that the U.S. military’s current pistol, the Beretta M9, was an outdated design that many servicemen and women could not shoot well, with poor ergonomics and placement of controls, using 9mm NATO ball ammunition that did not perform as well as could be hoped for in combat.
The technologies behind the M9, and indeed, most contemporary law enforcement and military firearms, is 30 years to a half-century behind the curve in terms of science.
We know so much more now about how the human body performs under the stress of combat, combat human factors engineering, and the science of ballistics than when most “modern” handguns were created.
The main drivers behind the MHS program were the warfighters from Fort Benning. They saw that the firearms industry was largely content to rest on their laurels and push incremental improvements to existing designs, instead of sinking monies into research and development …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms