Bang Bang: The Army Has a New Kind of Ammunition

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It is for their 9mm Modular Handgun System.

Bang Bang: The Army Has a New Kind of Ammunition

New ammunition has been selected for the U.S. Army’s 9mm Modular Handgun System- and the winning company appears to be Winchester.

While the original MHS Request for Proposal did not specify a specific caliber (leading many to believe that .45 would be making a comeback), the 9mm cartridge is here to stay, despite the shrieks of aging Cold Warriors and “gun fudds” across the nation.

With Sig Sauer’s M17 winning the competition, it appears Olin Corporation (AKA, Winchester, the people who make the fancy green shotgun shells for the military, along with various other kinds of ammo), have been allowed to remain the prime contractor of U.S. military pistol ammo.

The new M1152 FMJ and the M1153 Special Purpose loads are only two of the four offerings, and no, the U.S. Army is not forbidden from using hollow point ammunition (especially if that ammunition is dubbed “special purpose”) due to the Hague Convention of 1899. If you take issue with it, consult the U.S. Army.

“We have a law of war determination that stated that this type of ammunition is usable,” said Army Col. Brian Stehle, former head of Project Manager Soldier Weapons.

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