Originally Posted by USEBOTHHANDS
according to reading, they NEVER tested against the 1911.
when it came time to "replace" the 1911, Beretta and Sig were the top two finishers. after an exhaustive and intensive firing session of well over 1,000 rounds, the Beretta was deemed the overall winner. the Sig (after the M9 was issued) was found to be the better pistol, BUT was beat out because of the OVERALL PACKAGE COST as compared to the Beretta. According to reading (not necessarily fact), Beretta beat Sig out by $1.00 per unit package, supposedly an "insider" tip was given to the Beretta folks.
Exactly. And they - XM9 - were not obligated to test it against the 1911 if they had come up with a whole new bunch of criteria and standards that may have unfortunately disqualified the single action only, .45ACP pistol.
I don't know. I'm just speaking hypothetically but perhaps the XM9 tests required a gun with perceived features that the 1911 lacked like double action on the first pull, a decocker, and more capacity than 7+1, or 8+1. Once again, I'm not stating these WERE the qualifications but I'm hypothesizing why a 1911 or any other gun may have been disqualified if it could not meet the requirements and testing.
Now, who knows what the MHS requirements will be? Perhaps the 1911 will qualify this time but maybe it won't.
But there's no shame if an actual 1911 does not qualify because a lot of the pistols that do qualify have a lot of the John A Browning 1911 designs in them anyway so the legend lives on but just in another guise!