UPDATE: One of These 7 Guns is the Next “Official Sidearm of the US Military”

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As you may know, the US Armed Forces is on the hunt for the next official Joint Combat Pistol for the entire US Military. Yes, it’s kind of a big deal…

In the 1980s, the Beretta M9A1 was chosen to replace the iconic M1911A1.

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Many veterans and 1911 fans never forgave the Department of Defense for what they considered a huge blunder. Not to mention, they gave an Italian firearms company the most coveted sidearms contract on the planet…

Fast forward to 2017, where a fresh clash of the titans is underway to decide which semi-automatic pistol will follow the M9 in the history of US military firearms. The new contract competition, called the MHS (Modular Handgun System), calls for a few specifics in terms of accuracy and accessories, though there are plenty of popular models that fill these criteria.

***UPDATE*** 

On January 19th, the US Armed Forces declared an official winner for the MHS contract. Click here for a the full breakdown.

Once again, the list of manufacturers that participated in the competition reads like a wish list for semi-auto handgun enthusiasts. While this is not an exhaustive list, these are 7 of the finest tactical handguns available.

Is your favorite pistol on the list? Take a tour through the 7 Finalists to find out…

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