The Infantry’s Curse (Part 2)

It’s the US Air Force to the rescue again.

A couple years ago, the army cancelled a program to replace the .9mm berretta with a larger-calibre handgun. Special operations attempted to revive the Joint Combat Pistol program a year later, but that, too, was cancelled.

Now the air force is taking the lead, according to this story from Air Force Times. Yes, the air force. Leave it to the service that historically fires the smallest amount of bullets from small arms to solve one of the army’s and marine corps’ biggest problems: the too-weak M9 berretta.

As I explained on this blog just last week, the air force once rescued the M16 from certain doom in the hands of the army’s small arms acquisition department. History is repeating itself.

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2 Responses to The Infantry’s Curse (Part 2)

  1. Ed Nelson 8 May, 2007 at 3:44 pm #

    your USAF rescue turns out to be bluff and bluster, a recurring problem

  2. barry martin 10 December, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    who says that the air force rescued the army from the m-16? probably one of the worse mistakes ever made. the army needs a bigger caliber! ask the grunts. iceman

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