The United States Secret Service has released a requirement for a new rifle. They plan to hold an industry day April 4th, 2016 to discuss the requirement in depth with rifle manufacturers. The planned contract life is a minimum of five years and 10,000 rifles with 10 magazines each.
Based on discussions with individuals close to the requirement and documentation obtained by SSD, it seems that they are seeking a 5.56 NATO replacement for the MP-5.
Ultimately, there’s nothing shocking in the requirement. They want a 3MOA carbine with a 10-12″ barrel capable of 20k Rounds. Word is, offerers get bonus points for an adjustable gas block and folding stock.
From the Draft Statement of Work:
Height (no taller than, w/o accessories) 8.5 inches
Weight (no heavier than, w/o accessories) 7.5 pounds
O/A Length (no longer than, w/stock fully extended) 34 inches
Barrel length (min – max)
1 turn in 7 inch twist RH
The barrel shall have a minimum service life of 20,000 rounds.
The weapon shall utilize a direct-impingement gas-operated system or a short-stroke gas piston system.
Mode of Fire.
The weapon shall be selective fire, i.e. semi-automatic and full automatic. A “burst limiter” in the full-automatic mode is not acceptable.
The fire control selector shall be ambidextrous in design, and be a single lever paddle mounted on the side of the receiver, adjacent to the rear pistol grip, thereby not requiring the shooter to significantly break their firing grip when actuating.
The fire control selector shall be a rotary type and shall have three positions; safe, semi-automatic and automatic and shall rotate manually without binding from one position to another.
While the rifle must have a Picatinny compatible free float rail, the requirements for the trigger, butt stock, pistol grip and charging handle are all very straight forward. It sounds like Mil-Spec is just fine. Backup Iron Sights must be compatible with the Aimpoint T-2.
Learn more at www.fbo.gov