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Sneak Peek – Aimpoint Nano

French company TR Equipement leaked a photo of the upcoming Aimpoint Nano in their website in an article on the Brügger & Thomet USW, a new shoulderable pistol with folding stock from the Swiss company, introduced in the wake of last year’s Paris attacks. The SA/DA 9mm USW A1, based in the aluminum framed CZ 75, will be available this November, while a striker fired polymer variant is expected next year. The Nano MRDS from Aimpoint should debut during The 2017 SHOT Show.

The pictured Aimpoint Nano has been under development for the past couple of years, but even this photo is only of a prototype and is not the final product so we’ll have to wait until then for details.  

Update : Below is the holster offered with the system which incorporates a shroud for the Nano.


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24 Responses to “Sneak Peek – Aimpoint Nano”

  1. Hubb says:

    The holster that weapon system goes into is cool looking. Maybe Vickers Tactical can get their hands on one of those and put a video up on YouTube?

  2. jbgleason says:

    This is cool and all, especially the new Aimpoint, but is a stocked pistol a logical choice?

    If you are in Europe, where Police walk around with long guns, why not carry a carbine and a pistol? That gives you the advantages of a long gun with the back up of a pistol.

    I just don’t see the practical application. It’s not like this is being carried concealed and I would worry about the speed of deploying this as a pistol in a close encounter.

    • Lasse says:

      What Europe are you talking about?

      • jbgleason says:

        German border police for one. English cops in London (the gun squads obviously) and the airport police in France. Those are just the ones I have seen in the last couple of years.

        • 18Derp says:


          I was in Paris last year and it wasn’t even sort of uncommon to see full kit soldiers walking about.

          LOTS of submachine guns in Paris by normal police and guards.

          And walking around London, you’d swear HKs were made by a British company.

          • SSD says:

            Yeah, last Fall I saw plenty of FAMAS and more than a few Mini-14s in Paris.

          • Mr Mxyzptlk says:

            I think that H&K was actually british owned when the police started adopting the G36C. I think that the H&K guns are actually being phased out now, being replaced by various ARs like LMT Defenders, SIG SG 516s or SIG MCXs.

        • Mr Mxyzptlk says:

          Most European police carry a pistol as a sidearm. If for some pistols are replaced by this then if they are a first responder to a terrorist attack they will be armed with a more capable weapon that can still be carried holstered and out of the way like a pistol. It would be of questionable use for police who are armed with longs (for example pretty much any armed British officer), however for the majority of police you can argue that something like this could be worth exploring.

  3. PETE says:

    A pistol based platform without iron sights?
    B&T clearly has faith in Aimpoint.

    • Alex says:

      Looks like the sight remains stationary while the slide is free to reciprocate. The sight wouldn’t be exposed the massive G’s experienced by a traditional slide mounted RDS.

  4. Chuck says:

    I don’t want to get into whether or not this is a useful pistol, or the advantages and disadvantages of a shoulder stock on a pistol, but I would like to know what specifically about the Paris terror attack spurred development of this. Was there some kind of issue with the responding units and their sidearms?

    • Mr Mxyzptlk says:

      I believe that during the Charlie Hebdo attack at one officer who was armed with a pistol tried to engage the gunmen and was shot and then executed. I don’t know if having a pistol calibre carbine would have helped, but I doubt it would have hurt.

      I don’t recall anything from the more recent attacks that would be relevant specifically to a weapon like this, unless responding officers armed with only pistols decided they couldn’t intervene as they felt under armed

      • Chuck says:

        Thank you for the follow up. I hadn’t read about the officer that engaged the enemy with the pistol.

      • Bill says:

        There are pictures of some French police armed with RONI style pistol carbine conversions. I’ve shot Luger, Hi Power and C96 with stocks and it did make them easier to shoot.

  5. Gerard says:

    Whatever aimpoint builds will likely be an industry game changer

  6. Gregor says:

    Interesting concept, feels a bit like an advanced version of the Beretta 93R.

    But who will be equipped with this pistol? If the pistol is supposed to increase the firepower of an ordinary patrol cop, he would need special training and would have to carry around this bigger and heavier pistol all day.

    If this pistol is supposed for special forces, its too big for a sidearm, because they probably carry (or at least transport them in the trunk of their cars) assault rifles or submachine guns.

    • Mr Mxyzptlk says:

      I imagine it is for police who would normally only have a pistol. As for the training thing, it actually requires less to use a carbine effectively than a pistol, especially with an integrated red dot. As for the size/weight thing this seems negligible to me, as the only increase in length is the part sticking out the back of the holster, and the only extra weight comes from the red dot and it’s mount and that plastic stock. These very slight inconveniences seem like a good trade off to me to have a pistol calibre carbine with a built in red dot on my belt replacing a pistol.

      • Alex says:

        I agree that it would require less training. The additional point of contact on the body via the stock will make recoil control far easier as well as making presentation of the rifle more consistent.

  7. Big Juju says:

    How would this pistol be better than the simple clip on stock from EndoTactical?


    • Mr Mxyzptlk says:

      Because it can be holstered, is more compact (probably lighter too), and has a way to mount on optic not attacked to the slide.

    • Mick says:

      I think if you make it fully detachable, you will immediately have the problem of cops not wanting to carry it, not putting it on their vest to save space and/or weight, leaving it in car, etc…

  8. Luke says:

    Aimpoint is cool and all…but dat PDW tho

    • Matt says:

      pure sex right there. CZ pistols are bad ass as is, that’s off the hook, yo.

  9. Helmie Ashiblie says:

    That looks eerily similar to a Sphinx Arms Tactical 3000. The Sphinx uses a 2-piece receiver and this appears the same.