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Old 09-04-2004, 01:14 PM   #1
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HK Awarded DHS Pistol Contract

I guess these HKs and SIGs didn't break any firing pins (HK) and slides (SIG) during the testing? I'm sure DHS SWATs will still want 1911s in 45 ACP...

For Immediate Release
Press Office
Contact 202-282-8010
August 24, 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the award of two
contracts today for handguns for all organizational elements within the
department, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

SIGARMS Incorporated and Heckler & Koch, Incorporated each received a
contract award with a maximum quantity of 65,000 pistols that may be
purchased over the next five years. SIGARMS Incorporated, a small business located in Exeter, New Hampshire, received a $23.7 million contract for 9 x 19 mm and .40 caliber pistols. Heckler & Koch, a large business located in Sterling, Virginia, received a $26.2 million contract for 9 x 19 mm, .40, and .357 caliber pistols.

The two contracts will enable DHS personnel to acquire handguns in three
popular law enforcement calibers and a variety of sizes. These contracts
represent the results of the department's Strategic Sourcing Program that is designed to optimize cross-departmental acquisitions through collaboration of agency technical and acquisition experts. The Weapons and Ammunition Commodity Council, part of the strategic sourcing program, identifies and consolidates emerging firearms and ammunition requirements for all Homeland Security components. As part of this effort, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a Request for Proposals in February 2004 for the procurement of handguns. The ICE National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit led the ensuing evaluation.

"This type of multiple contract award will provide the government the
flexibility it needs to enable the DHS entities to address their diverse
operational missions, while still maximizing logistical efficiencies found
through standardization," said Thomas Trotto, Director of the ICE National
Firearms and Tactical Training Unit.

The technical evaluation of the proposals included a comprehensive handgun test protocol involving a rigorous battery of environmental, reliability, durability, and other tests. Approximately three million rounds of
ammunition were fired through 690 handguns of 46 different models during the testing, which took almost four months to complete. Aside from the actual live firing, additional testing was conducted through laboratory analysis and armory inspections. In all, each model was evaluated against more than 50 characteristics before arriving at a technical rating. This data was used in conjunction with past performance and pricing information to select the winning contractors.

The Homeland Security Weapons and Ammunition Commodity Council continues to analyze the department's requirements for weapons, ammunition, and other officer safety products to identify additional strategic sourcing opportunities.
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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dhs swat? Which tactical team of DHS are you talkin about? I mean there are roughly one dozen agencies under the umbrella that is DHS. I know for a fact US Border Patrol will not be carryin 1911-their tactical units wont either
Old 12-14-2004, 09:47 AM   #3
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That was a joke son.

We all know the best of the best always really want 1911s, don't they?

Hey, back in late 2003, early 04 CBP was issuing Glock 9s. Wonder if this will change that, if/when they will be issuing SIGs/HKs in 40 to all the new CBP agents the feds want to hire (IIRC, 10,000 over the next 5 yrs?).
Old 12-14-2004, 10:05 AM   #4
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Looks as if the DHS is opening anti-terrorism training facility just south of
Tombstone on the sight of an old ghost town.....if they want to practice, why
not just move a little further south and build a really long building.... :wink:
Old 12-14-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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immigration inspectors-the guys in the blue at the ports of entry=are stayin with the glock 9

The US Border Patrol is goin to the P2000 though people who are carryin personally owned sig p229 or HK USPC in 40 are allowed to carry that weapon.

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