My little cherubs and seraphim tell me that the final specs for the new military Combat Pistol — the sans-Army version of the joint military pistol — should be out in April, with the trials taking place at your proverbial major East Coast facility in April, supervised by the SEALs.
Come last quarter of 2006, the little c&s'es tell me, the contract for roughly 50,000 pistols will be let, with deployment early in 2007. This, kiddies, is what we refer to fast tracked. We're still looking at a .45 ACP, 8-round magazine minimum [pay attention to that word minimum], a light double action or some sort of safe action, a quick-release suppressor and holstering system, etc.
Now 50,000 people is not chopped liver, but one of my cherubs hummed a pretty song about the Marines looking longingly at the SOCOM specs and lusting mightily for the new piece, whicih might mean an additional order for 50,000 of the tasty new cookies...not to mention the potential law enforcement collateral purchases.
Something to look forward to end of summer!!!