The new B&T USA APC9K sub gun, recently tapped for the Army's very competitive Sub Compact Weapon contract, has popped up on a military range in New Jersey. 

The new 9mm SMG, the first since the Army adopted the HK MP5 for limited use in the 1970s, was seen on the line at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as part of Guardian Shield 2023. The exercise brought Army Criminal Investigation Division, or CID, units from across the 200th Military Police Command for "training on unit-specific tasks and weapon qualification." In short, the Jack Reacher folks, but for real. 
 

Special Agent Jacqueline Solmos, a CID Special Agent with the 733rd Military Police Battalion (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Special Agent Jacqueline Solmos, a CID Special Agent with the 733rd Military Police Battalion (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. (Photo/Caption: U.S. Army)
Sgt. 1st Class Chris Crocker, an Army Intelligence Analyst with the 234th Military Police Detachment (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Sgt. 1st Class Chris Crocker, an Army Intelligence Analyst with the 234th Military Police Detachment (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. (Photo/Caption: U.S. Army)

 

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Spc. Michael Richardson, an Army Intelligence Analyst with the 733rd Military Police Battalion (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Spc. Michael Richardson, an Army Intelligence Analyst with the 733rd Military Police Battalion (CID), fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. (Photo/Caption: U.S. Army)
Sgt. Aly Bigger, a Military Police Noncommissioned Officer with the 323rd Military Police Detachment, fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,
Sgt. Aly Bigger, a Military Police Noncommissioned Officer with the 323rd Military Police Detachment, fires the APC9K submachine gun at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. (Photo/Caption: U.S. Army)


Of note, the 200th MPC is one of just two such commands in the Army and is the parent command for four MP brigades, 22 MP battalions, and 53 MP companies.

B&T USA in 2018 was one of six companies that submitted designs to the Army 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, as well as units like CID.

In the end, the contract awarded in 2019 was worth just $2.5 million for 350 SCWs, with an option for up to 1,000 of the weapons. 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. The Air Force subsequently followed up with its own small contract for SCWs in 2020. 

The military originally courted a baker’s dozen gun makers to submit designs for the SCW program, 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. This gave B&T huge bragging rights. 
 

B&T APC9
B&T reps told Guns.com previously that the APC9 series lower receiver can be configured for use with either B&T’s proprietary double-stack detachable magazines, Glock 9mm double-stack mags, or SIG Sauer P320 9mm magazines. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
B&T APC9
Using 15 to 30-round polymer magazines, the compact room broom features a top rail for optics and backup sights. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
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