I am in the business and this is news to me. My understanding is both SOCOM and Big Army are in the process of selecting a .45 pistol to replace the 9mm. The article is a little light on facts. There is no doubt concerning the stopping power of a .45, just ask a Moro insurgent, ditto, Jap, German, Korean, and Vietnamese. I would like to know if the ammo stockpiles of 9mm have anything to do with it?
I think it has to do with incidents of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan shooting bad guys with their berettas, loaded with pathetic 9mm full metal jacket ball ammunition, and having to follow up with five and six extra shots to make the bad guy dead.
I hope ypou are right. Replacing the .45 ACP with the 9mm was fixing a problem that didn't exist. My son has friends in Marine Force Recon. They have a smorgasbord of weapons to select and train with and carry into harm's way. None carry a 9mm.
I feel the same way. Very recently I was told that various .45's were being tested. Glocks were one of the pistols being tested. I will be very surprised if this turns out to be the final word on this issue.
I thought the only reason they went with 9mm to begin with was because it was the standard NATO sidearm and would've eased logistics for combined operations against the ruskies.
I thought the 9 was chsosen because the ammo was a common platform among many weapons.