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MARSOC to purchase more powerful pistols

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Nov 16, 2010 8:58:40 EST

Operators with Marine Forces Special Operations Command could soon be packing .45-caliber semi-automatic pistols, rather than the standard 9mm pistols now used by most Marines.

The M45 Close Quarter Battle Pistol is modeled after earlier versions of the weapons used by Force Recon units since the 1980s in amphibious raids and other forced-entry operations at sea. The Corps could buy between 400 and 12,000 pistols in a contract worth up to $22.5 million, according to Marine Corps Systems Command. The competition was launched in October.

The push to meet increased demand in MARSOC and Force Recon comes after several years of growth in both components of the service. Force Recon was brought back in 2008 after a two-year hiatus designed to help the Corps stand up and round out its special operations community. MARSOC was activated in 2006, and is working to grow its end strength to about 2,700 personnel by 2014.
Full Article at http://marinecorpstimes.com/news/2010/1 ... s-111510w/
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