The M9 has been in service now for over 25 years and in that same period of time many new gun makers and model have emerge mostly driven by the civilian market and their need to protect their home and business in this tough economic times.
With the introduction of many new firearms designs the Army is looking to replace their aging Beretta platform for something new and up to date to keep up with the changing times.
The M9 has serve our military well for many years but through those years there has been many issues with the same that the military wishes to address with this new service pistol program. The limitations the new pistol must overcome include:
• The slide-mounted safety. When solders rack the slide to alleviate a jam or stovepipe in the M9, they often inadvertently engage the safety — and won't realize this until they reacquire and squeeze the trigger.
• The open-slide design, which allow contaminants and dirt into the system.
• The lack of a modular grip, integrated rail and night-sight capabilities.
• The inability to suppress.
• Limited service life — replacement should have a service life of at least 25,000 rounds.