Max Popenker (mpopenker) wrote,
Max Popenker
mpopenker

just a bit of the history repeating

Clarifications, Questions and Responses
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
AIR FORCE HANDGUN

The United States Air Force is only seeking information from prospective commercial suppliers for a new Air Force Handgun. We do not want any samples submitted at this time. At this time we are looking for information only. Any samples submitted will be returned to the offeror and will not be evaluated.

This request for Information (RFI) is for the purpose of gathering information for the purposes of Market Research. Nothing in this RFI should be considered a final definition of the Air Force requirements with respect to a new Air Force Handgun. Any definitions in this RFI are for the purpose of determining the availability of products on the market, and shall not be considered binding on any future solicitation

We have received questions from several prospective offerors regarding the information requested in the RFI. The following is a summary of our responses to questions from prospective offerors concerning our RFI for the new Air Force Handgun.

Question: Request clarification of definition for night aiming configuration. Does the USAF intend on utilizing night sights (tritium), lasers or flashlights on desired handguns?
Response: The AF desires capabilities for use of all the above as separate options. The minimum requirement has not been defined.
Question: Request clarification on MILSTD 1913 rail. Is the USAF going to specify a MILSTD 1913 integral rail for all handgun or are other rail systems such as weaver/HK(closed)/Glock(open) types acceptable?
Response: The AF desires a MILSTD 1913 rail, but will consider other types.
Question: Request clarification on ammunition performance specifications. Would smaller calibers such as 4.6 x 30mm be accepted if they meet the above performance specification through bullet performance on target (i.e. bullet tumbling end over end)?
Response: The AF is interested in a weapon that produces a larger permanent wound channel using ball ammunition than a 9X19mm NATO ball fired from an M-9 with a minimum of 12 inches penetration in human flesh.
Question: Request clarification on striker fired action. Will a striker fired action be acceptable in SA or DA?
Response: The AF will consider a striker fired action in SA, SA/DA or DAO.
Question: Request clarification on definition of striker fired action.
Response: A design that employs a striker mechanism to detonate the primer.
Question: Request clarification on closed slide. What is the definition of a closed slide in this text?
Response: A slide that covers the barrel, other than the area exposed by the ejection port or the portion of the barrel that extends partially in front of the slide.
Question: Request clarification on standard and compact versions. Do the desired weapon weights apply to both standard and compact versions? Will the standard and compact versions have different weapon weights?
Response: The weights should be different for the standard and compact versions.
Question: Request clarification on maximum weight specifications. Do the maximum weight specifications with loaded magazines take into consideration the different options for magazine capacity and bullet weights? If loaded weights are to be considered is there specific ammunition they will be checked with?
Response: The AF desires a lighter loaded weight than the loaded weight of the M9.
Question: Request clarification on ammunition. What ammunition type is used in determining the 40.89 oz with fully loaded magazine?
Response: This weight is based on the current M9 pistol, loaded with 124 gr 9 x 19mm rounds.
Question: Request clarification on weapon weights. Do the specified desired weapon weights apply to desired calibers, .40 and .45?
Response: The AF desires a lighter loaded weight than the loaded weight of the M9, regardless of caliber.
Question: Are there any dimensional requirements, such as length or width?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Request clarification on external manual safety. Is an external manual safety required for any and all DA/SA, DAO and SFA action on desired handguns?
Response: Undetermined at this time. An external safety may not be required.
Question: Request clarification on how ambidextrous is stated in above text. Would a permanent ambidextrous magazine release meet this requirement or must it be changeable or reversible?
Response: A permanent ambidextrous magazine release is acceptable.
Question: Request clarification on the text "changeable". Does changeable in the above text mean reversible to either right or left side?
Response: Yes.
Question: Request clarification on how this shot group is fired. Is it fired mechanically from a mechanical rest, such as the Ransom Master Series Pistol Shooting Rest?
Response: Yes, this is with the pistol fired from a machine rest and should be stated as 10.2 centimeters.
Question: Request clarification on how this shot group is fired. Is this group fired mechanically from a mechanical rest, such as the Ransom Master Series Pistol Shooting Rest?
Response: Yes, this is with the pistol fired from a machine rest and should be stated as 3.6 centimeters.
Question: Request clarification on sound suppressor specifications. What are the performance specifications for the Sound Suppressor to be utilized on the desired handguns, including length and weight?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Request clarification on sound suppressor. Should the word "adaptable" be interpreted as a Sound Suppressor Kit is available with: slide w/higher sights, threaded barrel, and suppressor?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Will the compact version be required have the ability to be suppressed as well as the full size version?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Will we be allowed to change the barrel to accommodate a suppressor, or does the weapon need to be able to attach a suppressor at all times?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Request clarification on rapid day/night target acquisition. What requirement is needed? This appears to conflict with the requirement stated below. Does the USAF specifically require tritium sights or can the rapid night target acquisition be with the use of an attached device (i.e. laser or light)?
Response: Standard sights must provide for rapid target acquisition (combat sights, such as three dot) and tritium sights should be available as an option for users/missions needing this capability. Capability for use of laser or other lights is desired as a separate option.
Question: Request clarification on self-illuminating sights. What requirement is needed? This appears to conflict with the requirement listed above. Request clarification on "self-illuminating sights". Is this referencing tritium based sight systems?
Response: Tritium sights should be available as an option for users/missions needing this capability.
Question: Request clarification on 1913 MILSTD Rail. Is the USAF going to require a MILSTD 1913 rail for this effort?
Response: The AF desires a MILSTD 1913 rail, but will consider other types.
Question: How many magazine pouches will be required per system?
Response: Undetermined at this time.
Question: Will this be a COTS item, with data rights to be retained by the contractor?
Response: We are looking for information on commercially available, non-developmental items, but a final determination as to data rights has not been made.
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