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The FBI looks to go 9mm

As you may have recently heard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has put out a pre-solicitation notice of a proposed requirement for semi-automatic pistols chambered to fire the 9mm Luger cartridge. The same notice (SYNOPSIS-OSCU-DSU1501) mentions 2 kinds of handguns and Simunition training weapons as well.

This is a PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE of a proposed requirement for various commercial “OFF THE SHELF” semi-automatic pistols chambered to fire a 9mm Luger cartridge as defined by SAAMI. This notice is issued solely for informational and planning purposes only….

The following types of pistols, chambered to fire a 9mm Luger cartridge, may be requested for testing and evaluation purposes under a future solicitation:

Class One Pistol: barrel length between 3.75″ and 4.25″; with a minimum magazine capacity of 13 rounds.

Class Two Pistol: barrel length between 4.5″ and 5.5″; with a minimum magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

It will be interesting to see what they do, particularly given the recent movement by DoD to move away from the 9mm round. Though the days of all LE agencies automatically following the FBI’s lead are (thankfully) largely over, the FBI remains a justifiably respected agency agency whose decisions have wide ranging and long term impact.

You know what they should do? They should invent their own caliber. Like, 10mm maybe.

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