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Say Goodbye to the M9 and M11?
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is looking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a more potent handgun. This comes after user feedback from troops who have served on the front lines of the War on Terror.

According to media reports, the Army is working on the Modular Handgun System to replace the M9 in particular, due to the pistols reportedly nearing the end of their service lives. The M9 and M11 pistols fire the 9x19mm NATO round, also known as the 9mm Parabellum. Both pistols have 15-shot magazines.

Feedback from the troops also played a role. Many complained that the 9mm round lacked stopping power. Ironically, data from shootings gathered by Evan Marshall indicate that the 9mm full-metal jacket round has a one-shot stop percentage ranging from 60.81% to 70%. The .45 ACP full-metal jacket round used by the legendary M1911 had one-shot stop percentages ranging from 60.72% to 65%.

Exact specifications of the Modular Handgun System are still up in the air, including which caliber might be used. Media reports indicate that .357 SIG, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP are possible candidates for use in the new pistol.