the RFI (reqest for information) at:
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
AIR FORCE HANDGUN
Responses Requested By November 14, 2006
The United States Air Force is seeking information from prospective commercial suppliers for a new Air Force Handgun.
FAR 52.215-3, Request for Information or Solicitation for Planning Purposes (Oct 1997) applies to this request for information.
(a) The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this solicitation or to otherwise pay for the information solicited except as provided in subsection 31.205-18 Bid and Proposal (B&P) Costs, of Federal Acquisition Regulation
(b) Although "proposal" and "offeror" are used in this Request for Information, your response will be treated as information only. It shall not be used as a proposal
(c) This solicitation is issued for the purpose of planning and budgetary forecasting by the government.
We are seeking this information for a new handgun with improved capability as compared to the current M9 pistol. Our objectives are as follows:
• Weapon must be reliable in sand and dirt and have closed slide design
• Magazines must be reliable and durable in sand and dirt
• Weapon must be ergonomic and should have variable grip sizes
• Weapon must have capability to be configured for night aiming
• Weapon must have an integrated interface such as a MILSTD 1913 rail
• Weapon must be chambered for a round that provides an increased permanent wound channel diameter over 9X19mm NATO round and at least 12 inches penetration in human flesh when firing ball ammunition.
DESIRED Performance Parameters for the new handgun are as follows:
Characteristic Performance Parameters
Caliber Must be chambered for round that has increased permanent wound channel diameter in human flesh over current M9 pistol and at least 12 inches penetration when firing ball ammunition. Preferred calibers are .40 S&W or .45 ACP as these munitions are currently available within DoD or will be available in short-term.
Action Action may be Double-Action/Single-Action (DA/SA), Double-Action Only (DAO) or Striker Fired Action (SFA). Various/changeable configurations are desirable
Operation Semi-automatic, magazine fed and closed slide.
Size/Variations System should include standard and compact versions.
Weight Should weigh less than current M9 pistol (33.86 oz w/empty magazine and 40.89 oz with fully loaded magazine..
Safety Pistol should have appropriate safety mechanisms that prevent accidental firing of cartridges. Operator must be capable of activating/deactivating safety mechanism without shifting firing grip. Pistol must be capable of withstanding an impact when dropped on a hard surface from a height of 1.2 meters without accidental discharge or degradation of function or safety. (Damage to, or movement of sights is permissible)
Magazine Release Left or right (ambidextrous) magazine release changeable by user is desired.
Ergonomic Enhancements Should incorporate modular grip adjustment system to provide enhanced ergonomics for wide range of operators.
Accuracy - Must meet or exceed accuracy specifications as follows.
Center of Impact: The average center of impact for ten, 10-round shot groups fired from a weapon at 50 meters shall not be more than 10 centimeters radially from the point of aim. Dispersion: The mean radius for ten, 10-round shot groups at 50 meters shall not be more than 3 centimeters greater that that for the same ammunition when fired from the standard proof barrel.
Sound Suppressor Should be adaptable to accept installation of sound suppressor and sights must be accessible with suppressor installed on barrel.
Sights Sights must provide rapid day/night target acquisition and must be optimized for snag-resistant rapid deployment from a holster. Sights must be replaceable at organizational level. Sights must be fixed, but drift-adjustable for windage. Self-illuminating sights for low light situations without ambient or external light source “charging” should be available.
Rail System should include a common integral interface such as 1913 MILSTD rail for attachment of accessories. Rail may be located at either top or bottom.
Magazine Capacity Must have magazine of no less than 10 round capacity for full size version that will minimize snag hazard when inserted in the magazine well. Compact version must have magazine of no less than 8 round capacity
Surface Finish Surface finish must be non-reflective, resistant to peeling, flaking, and chipping and require minimum of operator preventive maintenance. Internal coatings should be lubricious/low friction mitigating use of lubricants. Non-metallic components must be fungus and battlefield chemical resistant. Materials and coatings must protect pistol from degradation in all climates and geographical areas including maritime, coastal, desert, tropical jungle, arctic, urban areas and mountain environments. Materials and coatings must minimize attraction of dust and contamination. Pistol and its component parts and accessories must be corrosion resistant and should be corrosion proof.
Lubrication Must not create any new lubrication requirements over existing systems
Worldwide Operation Weapon system, to include ancillary accessories provided by the manufacturer, must operate effectively in all climates and geographical areas, including, swamp, tundra, grasslands, forest, jungle, urban areas, maritime, riverine and alpine/mountainous environments. Pistol must operate at high and low temperature extremes, as well as other hostile (ice/rain/sand/dust/dirt/mud/surf/salt fog) environmental conditions.
System Configuration System (kit) should include a Pistol, holster, magazine pouches, 10 magazines, cleaning kit, and an operator’s manual. Holsters/magazine pouches readily available on the market.
Maintenance Support Spare parts, any special tools needed for depot repair and inspection gauges should be readily available.
Information Requested from Industry
The following information is being sought by USAF from prospective commercial sources that will assist USAF in considering and defining a new handgun as follows:
• Each kit should include a Pistol, holster, 10 magazines, cleaning kit, and an operator’s manual
o Also included should be an Initial fielding spare parts package to include required inspection gages (total system fielding approach)
• Our estimated buy quantity is for 100,000 pistols over a five year time frame
o Your response should indicate the estimated contractor production rate (maximum monthly production capacity)
o Response to include estimated pricing data for the kit and spare parts package identified above; quantities at which significant price breaks occur should be identified.
o Response should include information on the manufacturer’s standard commercial warranty
• Response should indicate manufacturers recommended spare parts package based on rounds fired
• Response should indicate projected life expectancy data
• Items should be compliant with DoD unique item identification (UID) in accordance with clause DFARS 252.211-7003 or DoD identified commercial equivalents as defined at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/UID/equivalents.html
the Buy American Act and Berry Amendment requirements. Respondents should confirm ability to comply in their response to each issue or identify their position with respect to these requirements.
Responses may include commercial literature regarding the respondents products, but this is not a requirement of this RFI. Electronic responses are authorized and preferred.
How to Respond to this Request
Responses to this RFI are requested no later than November 14, 2006.
Responses should only be as detailed as required to support the required analysis and should not provide information, which is not needed by USAF to evaluate prospective handguns. USAF will not disclose or publish any specific data whether provided as proprietary information or not. Prices submitted are to be considered budgetary estimates for planning purposes only and are not to be considered firm proposals. At this time, we are primarily interested in the technical specifications of the product or products you propose to provide, and your response should address the technical capabilities of your product or products as they relate to the above performance parameters. If you have a product which you feel meets some but not all of the parameters above, you may still submit information on it, since we are at this time only conducting market research and want to include as many products as possible. Information regarding the qualification of the respondent and other marketing materials should not be submitted at this time.
As noted above, no funds have been currently identified in the Air Force budget for this effort, and the Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this solicitation or to otherwise pay for the information solicited except as provided in subsection 31.205-18 Bid and Proposal (B&P) Costs, of Federal Acquisition Regulation.
Responses should be directed to:
782 CBSSS/PKA Attn William Downs
380 Richard Ray Blvd Ste 104
Robins AFB GA 31098-1640
Respondents are advised that unless the information is provided to the above address, it may not be considered in the Air Force analysis.