Lefty soldiers rejoice! The U.S. Army awarded a $7.6 million contract to two small companies, Manufacturing Support Industries and OG Technologies Inc, for M4 carbine ambidextrous control selector assemblies to the U.S. Army yesterday.
The selector switch will be combined with other weapon components to form a single modification kit to convert fielded M4 carbines to M4A1 carbines.
MSI is a Maryland company from Salisbury. According to its website, the company has accounts with other defense contractors as well as the DoD. OG Technologies is out of New York, New York, and manages numerous accounts in the U.S. and overseas.
Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity. Funding and work location will be determined with each order.
Since 2011, the U.S. Army sought to replace the M4A1, or its makers, by opening up a competition, the Individual Carbine competition, but that came to a close in June 2013 without selecting a winner.
After completing the first two of three phases of the competition, the Army put the three-year project on hold, with the intent of redirecting the $49 million pledged to the competition towards other uses to offset military budget cuts.
Estimated completion date for the ambi selector switch project is Feb. 28, 2018.