Modular Handgun System

Modular Handgun System

The Modular Handgun System (MHS) is a U.S. military competition for a new handgun. The Modular Handgun System is anticipated to be the next U.S. military standard side arm replacing the M9 pistol.



The U.S. Army is currently adopting requirements for the Modular Handgun System (MHS) that will initiate a handgun competition to replace the M9 pistol. The Army requires the MHS to be more effective, accurate, and reliable than the M9 pistol.[1]

The MHS requirement calls for a non-caliber specific weapon with modular features to allow for the adaption of different fire control devices, pistol grips, and alternate magazine options. The weapon will fit various hand sizes and will mount targeting enablers using Picatinny rails. The new weapon will incorporate detection avoidance by having a non-reflective neutral color and will be operable with sound and flash suppressor kit in place.[1]


The requirement for the new pistol originated with the MHS program initiated by the Air Force in 2008. It has received Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) validation. The MHS program will select a commercial off-the-shelf handgun in financial year (FY) 2011–2012. Testing will be completed by FY2013 and Type Classification is expected in FY2014. The MHS will replace the M9 pistol on a one-for-one basis.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Emerging Technologies". 10. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 

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