The Army asked and commercial gunmakers answered. There are now 10 submachine guns that have been submitted to fulfill an Army request.
The aim of the Army’s request for information is not to outfit every soldier with a subgun but to have an option for soldiers who might need this type of weapon for personal protection and specific mission sets.
The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun capable of firing 9 mm ammunition. CZ-USA submitted the CZ Scorpion EVO3A1 submachinegun, similar in design to the weapon featured here. ( CZ-USA)The CMMG, Inc.-made CMMG Ultra PDW is one of the submissions. This image shows a CMMG AR-9 style pistol. The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun that fires 9 mm ammunition. (CMMG, Inc.)In response to the Army's request for information on a submachine gun that can fire 9 mm ammunition, the Colt Manufacturing Company submitted the CM9MM-9H-M5A subgun, similar in style to the weapon pictured. (Colt Manufacturing Company)
Sig Sauer, Inc. has submitted its MPX Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (Sig Sauer, Inc.)Beretta USA submitted the PMX Sub Compact Weapon, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (USA Corporation for Beretta)Zenith Firearms has submitted the Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (Zenith Firearms)PTR Industries, Inc. submitted the PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (PTR Industries, Inc.)
The weapon also has to hold accessories using a Picatinny rail system, the same type of system used on the common issue M4 carbine carried by most soldiers and Marines.
Todd South is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War. He has written about crime, courts, government and military issues for multiple publications since 2004. In 2014, he was named a Pulitzer finalist for local reporting on a project he co-wrote about witness problems in gang criminal cases. Todd covers ground combat for Military Times.