The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to buy 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO personal defense weapons, The Intel Hub reports. After all, they recently acquired 450 million hollow point rounds, so naturally they need guns to go along with them.
The DHS intends to collect weapons from different vendors so that each weapon can be tested at the National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Vendors have a chance of winning a contract with the DHS, but they’re going to have to agree “to allow DHS to release testing data of their firearm samples to Federal agencies, military, and law enforcement.”
Firearm manufacturers may not be fond of that catch, but we can see why the DHS would want to do it: sharing the data would save money and prevent superfluous testing in the future.
They’re really going to put these guns through the ringer, firing 4,000 rounds from each gun to see how well they hold up. Guns that pass will be run through an additional 3,500 rounds and tested under extreme weather and environment conditions.
The DHS is including a laundry list of requirement that the guns will have to fit. They can’t be more than 30 inches with the stock fully extended or 20 inches with the stock folded, and they must come with a flash suppressor or muzzle brake, not to mention the durability inherent to a 7,500 round stress test.