Posted January 31, 2019 11:30 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

It looks like 2019 could very well be the year of “how subcompact can you go.”
A military contract seeking the best of the best compact firearms on the market has resulted in a number of fresh, new designs appearing for interested gun owners.
Last June, the U.S. Army tapped first 10 and then a total of 13 companies for what it termed “Sub Compact Weapons.” These guns, “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage,” were to be used by the military’s Personal Security Details, special teams tasked with protecting high-value officers and dignitaries such as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.
The companies in the original list included Angstadt, Beretta, Brügger & Thomet (provided by their Trident Rifles partner), Colt, CMMG, CZ, Heckler & Koch, Lewis Machine & Tool, Noveske, PTR, Quarter Circle, Sig Sauer, and Zenith Firearms — the literal A-to-Z in compact guns.
Then, in July, the Army pulled the plug on the whole thing and restructured their requirements to include a tough list of must-haves such as that the gun be under 15-inches long overall with the stock collapsed, and remain


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