We had someone here comment on how wrong it was that the Army adopted a foreign weapon for the new SMG contract. So I felt like looking into some of the other submissions.
As far as I can tell, the first list was narrowed down to thirteen options. I got this list from ArmadaInternational.com, the article was written by S.W. Miller. It lists guns I did not see on other sources.
- Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons; Zenith Firearms
- B&T MP9 Machine Guns; Trident Rifles
- MPX Sub Compact Weapon; Sig Sauer
- 5.5 CLT and 5.5 QV5 Sub Compact Weapon; Quarter Circle 10
- PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon; PTR Industries
- MARS-L9 Compact Suppressed Weapon; Lewis Machine & Tool Company
- CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Submachine gun; CZ-USA
- CMMG Ultra PDW; CMMG
- Beretta PMX Sub Compact Weapon; USA Corporation
- Heckler and Koch Defense Inc for HK UMP9 Sub
- Angstadt Arms Corporation for Angstadt UDP-9 Sub
- Noveske Corporation for Noveske Sub Compact
- CM9MM-9H-M5A; Colt’s Manufacturing Company
As I said, this list is different from others I have seen, but lets go through it anyways.
Zenith and PTR submitted guns based on the MP5
Zenith, which sources from MKE (Turkey).
If I understand correctly, PTR is all American production now.
The Quarter Circle 10, LMT, Angstadt, CMMG are AR15 based.
I haven’t found photos, but presumable the Colt and LMT offerings were also.
The Sig MPX is based of the AR15, but they have switched to a piston system.
Trident submitted the B&T MP9, a Steyr design being built by B&T.
Beretta’s PMX is a design that bought from B&T.
And the winner of the competition was the B&T APC9K PRO.
It appears that most of these guns are simple blow back design. The MP5s, the CMMG, Sig offerings are not.
After this first list, that offer was pulled, and the nub submission was:
- Global Ordnance
- Shield Arms
- Trident Rifles
B&T and Trident both submitted B&T firearms. I believe that Angstadt and Shield both submitted blow back operated ARs that use Glock mags. Global Ordnance may have submitted the blow back operated Stribog.
From everything I read and saw during the first announcements I was sure the competition was being written for the Sig MPX. Since it has the same manual of arms, some parts compatibility with the AR, I expected it to be a sure win.
The majority of the original submissions were not made in the US or American companies. And almost all of the American submission were AR based. There really hasn’t been much innovation by way of pistol caliber long arms in the US. CMMG came up with a delayed blow back system for the AR, but I read that makes hollow points and various bullet designs unreliable.
B&T really must have done something right. In the recent past, they designed the P26, which was purchased by Beretta and renamed the PMX for use by the Italians. They made a double action/single action SMG called the KH9 that could use B&T or Suomi mags (like the 50 round coffin mag). They produced a model that could take the Suomi drum. This weird gun had a 22 pound first trigger pull, then a 2 pound trigger pull after that. WTF? They are making the MP9 and the USW machine pistols. Along with a lower cost SMG the GHM9. Their high end series, the APC, is available in 9mm, 45ACP, 5.56, .300AAC, and 308. They might have made more unique new designs than anyone else in the past couple of decades.
Anyways, I am curious what the official designation of this new Army SMG. It would be funny for it to be called the M4 Submachinegun. But I bet the Army is going to give it a rather high number.