The Civil Guard tries again to buy semi-automatic pistols, now 6,000

After the Civil Guard’s previous attempt to acquire 12,000 new semi-automatic pistols was abandoned, Benemrita initiated new proceedings to purchase 6,000 pistols for distribution over the next three years, valued at 2.5 million euros. . The aim is to gradually replace the first Berettas 92, which were acquired in 2006 in some units of the Civil Guard, such as the Rapid Action Group (GAR), the information agents who normally wear civilian clothes, or the reserve and security groups. (GRS).

The current advertisement differs considerably from the previous one, because if the candidate then appeared to be the German company Heckler & Koch according to the technical criteria of the USP Compact, these are not so restrictive in this case, so that there is the possibility of new candidates. In the previous invitation to tender, the above mentioned HK and the Czech CZ were finalists who were discarded for technical or administrative reasons and with whom the contract was null and void.

The current tender includes the purchase of at least 6,000 semi-automatic pistols in 9 mm caliber. Parabellum with two chargers, a case with cleaning tools, a storage box and an anti-theft type cover. The price will be weighted at 60 when evaluating the proposals, and interested companies can submit bids until December 10th. The envelopes with the technical proposals will be opened on the 22nd of this month and those of the business offers on January 5th. The plan is to distribute 2,000 pistols in 2021 and the same number in 2022 and 2023.

Technical requirements in detail

If in previous tenders the indications of the firing mechanism and the type of actuation gave indications of the preferences of the Civil Guard, in this case there seem to be more options, namely the length of the weapon, less than 20 cm. Perhaps the most restrictive aspect that suggests you are looking for a compact gun.

It is a right-handed rifle barrel weapon with a light material frame, a firing and striking mechanism that can be done by visible hammer hammer or released needle trigger, the possibility of a double or single action (for visible hammer pistols) manual safety with the hammer exposed, side lever to close the Chamber, magazine with at least 12 rounds, the lock must remain open for the last shot, it must be suitable for right or left-handers, compatible with standardized NATO ammunition (STANAG 4090) and basic disassembly without tools.

Among the features that can limit the candidates, we find a maximum length of 20 centimeters, which excludes weapons already known as the Beretta 92 FS in the service of the Civil Guard. The total height may not exceed 14 cm. The width may not exceed 5 cm. This is quite noticeable and ultimately the weight with an empty magazine will be a maximum of 950 grams. The speed of the projectile at the exit of the cannon is at least 340 m / s, it has an effective range of more than 50 meters and an accuracy of 25 meters of less than 200 mm. Measurement by the sum of a semiperimeter formed by adding latitude and longitude). The barrel, breech and frame must withstand at least 10,000 impacts and the rest of the components 5,000.

An important feature is the precise reference to the type of frame that can be machined or cast by injection into a mold made of steel or a composite material or, if it is a composite material, a mixture of polyamide plastic and fiberglass or the like, a source of supply, which we find, for example, in the new models from the Italian company Beretta such as the APX or the P4 Storm. While both meet the requirements for length, weight and size of the magazine, the first bet on the throwing needle concept was introduced with the Austracas Glock and then widespread. The P4 Storm retains the traditional hammer head and meets the maximum height of 140 mm, which exceeds the APX by only 2 mm.

The resistance of the trigger for simple action is 20-25N, so it also gives an indication that this is the reference value of modern HK pistols, adapted to special forces like the SFP9 family, who meet the above criteria. Another requirement is to have at least one standardized strip like the Picatinny for installing accessories like a flashlight or a laser pointer, a requirement that the Italian and German weapons mentioned above must meet. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photos: The new Beretta APX (Beretta)

Another modern compact weapon, the HK SFP9 (USP)

P4 Storm (Beretta)

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