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Future Handgun System (FHS)

The Future Handgun System (FHS) will replace the M9 Pistol as the Army's personal defense weapon. FHS will provide enhanced terminal effects, improved sights, and an integrated mounting rail for attachment of enhanced targeting devices.

In October 2004 the US Army at TACOM-ARDEC sought information about commercial, off-the- shelf, non-developmental item (NDI) pistols, which can meet the Army's needs (with only minor modifications if required) for a future handgun system. The focus of the future handgun system (FHS) is to augment close quarters battle and security/force protection operations, and to offer significant improvements over the current handgun system. Additionally, the FHS will support the requirement for a personal defense weapon. The FHS will provide increases in terminal ballistic potential, durability, and reliability over the currently fielded M9/9x19mm and M11/9x19mm pistols.

Specific features and characteristics of the FHS will include, but are not limited to, an integral accessory rail, enhanced day/night sighting capability, configurable grips (to suit the individual soldier?s need), and will permit the use of a sound suppressor when the threat/mission requires. The FHS will use munitions that are optimized for Army full-spectrum contingencies/applications. The FHS will also have a suitable, multi-configurable, holster(s) and ammunition carrier(s). Information about existing production pistols and/or pistols of this type that are currently in development and associated ammunition that offers increased terminal ballistic potential is desired.




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