Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Joint Combat Pistol

I'm sure many of you have already seen the specs from SOCOM for the building of a Joint Combat Pistol.
The JCP shall have a standard magazine capacity of no less than eight [8] rounds (T), greater than eight [8] rounds (O) of .45 ACP ammunition. The JCP shall also have a high-capacity magazine of no less than ten [10] rounds (T), fifteen [15] rounds (O), of .45 ACP ammunition.

The JCP shall have a rigid attachment point for a lanyard (T). The JCP lanyard attachment point shall not interfere with the JCP control features or magazine unloading and reloading, and shall minimize snag hazard (T).

The JCP shall have an integral MIL-STD-1913 rail for the attachment of accessories (T). The rail shall be located forward of the trigger guard on the lower portion of the frame (T).

The JCP surface finish shall be non-reflective, resistant to peeling, flaking, and chipping, and require a minimum of operator preventive maintenance (T). Internal coatings should be lubricious/low friction mitigating the use of lubricants (O). Non-metallic components shall be fungus and battlefield chemical resistant (T). JCP materials and coatings shall protect the pistol from degradation in all climates and geographical areas including maritime, coastal, desert, tropical jungle, arctic, urban areas, and mountain environments (T). The materials and coatings shall minimize the attraction of dust and contamination (T).

The JCP length, with standard barrel, shall be less than 9.65 inches (T). The JCP width shall be less than 1.53 inches (T).

The JCP shall function in double action/single action (DA/SA) or double-action only (DAO) including Striker-Fired Action (SFA) (T). The JCP should have a modular action mechanism that allows reconfiguration at the unit level without modification to the weapon's major assemblies (O).

All DA/SA pistols shall have a consistent trigger pull of eight to ten [8-10] pounds on Double Action, and a consistent trigger pull of four to six [4-6] pounds on Single Action and all DAO pistols shall have a trigger pull of five to eight [5-8] pounds (T). All pistols shall have a trigger pull that is consistent within one [1] pound from average pull (T). When pressure is applied to the JCP trigger and then released, the trigger shall reset to its forward-most position, even if the pistol is not fired (T). The operator shall be capable of pulling the trigger, without shifting the firing grip.

I think it's a great idea. Ditch the M9 poodle popper and go to a decent platform. The only question is what do we use to fill that void?

Some of the specifications trouble me. They knock a standard M1911 out of the mix, for sure, since it is both under the minimum capacity and single action. Others think the specs were drawn up for HK to win. It could be a Glock 21. But the HK and the Glock both leave me kinda...wanting.

ParaOrd's LDA: The New JCP?

Personally, I'd like to see them go with a 1911 derivative of some kind, and this one fits the bill. It fits the size specs, the capacity specs, the ergonomics. Add a lanyard loop and a Dawson rail and go. Will it shoot as tight as they want for as long as they want? That remains to be seen. I, however, will throw my hat in the ring behind this big dog.