Florida-based B&T USA announced last week that its ultra-compact APC9K PRO platform has been purchased by the U.S. Air Force, following in the wake of its adoption last year by the Army.
The standard APC9 is a 9mm blowback action three-position select-fire SMG that fires from a closed bolt at a cyclic rate of 1,080 rounds-per-minute. The APC9K, with the final letter in the designation short for “kurz” or short, is a more compact version with a 5.4-inch barrel and 13.6-inch overall length with the stock fully collapsed.
“B&T is honored to have our APC9K PRO selected by the United States Air Force" said Jon Scott, VP of Sales, B&T USA. "We’re pleased to know that specially trained Airmen will be equipped with the finest equipment available to not only ensure their personal safety during challenging assignments, but contribute to the overall success of their mission."
The USAF award, issued through Picatinny Arsenal on Nov. 17, was for $128,300.34 to cover 65 units.
In Use with the Army
The Tampa-based subsidiary of the Swiss firm formerly known as Brugger & Thomet was one of six companies who submitted designs to the Army in September 2018 for what the service termed “Sub Compact Weapons.” These guns, “capable of engaging threat personnel with a high volume of lethal and accurate fires at close range with minimal collateral damage,” were to be used by the special teams tasked with protecting high-value officers and dignitaries such as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe the commander of U.S. Forces Korea.
In the end, the primary contract in April 2019 was worth just $2.5 million for 350 SCWs, with an option for up to 1,000 of the weapons, generally replacing HK MP5s in service. However, B&T beat out a field of big names in the gun world such as Sig Sauer, whose Copperhead was seen as a forerunner of what the company had submitted to the Army’s SCW tender. The military originally courted a baker’s dozen gun makers to submit designs last year, including Angstadt, Colt, CMMG, CZ, Heckler & Koch, Lewis Machine & Tool, Noveske, PTR, Quarter Circle, and Zenith Firearms— the literal A-to-Z in compact guns.