Sources Sought: ‘Improved Carbine and Subcompact Individual Weapon System’

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By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com

October 9, 2008

On August 22, 2008, the U.S. Army issued a sources sought notice for an "Improved Carbine and Subcompact Individual Weapon System" (Solicitation #: W52H0908CARBINESV) to replace the Colt M4 Carbine, since Colt Defense’s M4 Carbine sole source contract will end in 2009. On September 11, 2008, I got a chance to view, handle and test-fire a number of Colt Defense direct-gas-impingement and gas piston/op-rod-driven 5.56x45mm NATO (5.56mm NATO)/.223 Rem. carbines and subcarbines/SBRs (Short Barreled Rifles) at Colt headquarters in Hartford, CA. The weapons I test-fired were included in Colt Defense’s response to said sources sought notice, and, as it happens, were just shown to the public for the first time at the 2008 AUSA Annual Meeting & Exposition.  Since these weapons are now public knowledge, DefenseReview will publish photos and info on them, soon.

So, stay tuned.

In the meantime, the following is the complete sources sought notice in question:…


10 — Improved Carbine and Subcompact Individual Weapon System

Notice Date

Notice Type
Sources Sought

332994 — Small Arms Manufacturing

Contracting Office
Department of the Army, U. S. Army Materiel Command, U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command – Rock Island, TACOM – Rock Island, ATTN: AMSTA-AQ-AR, Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL 61299-7630

ZIP Code

Solicitation Number

Response Due

Archive Date

Point of Contact
Teresa Stottlemyre, (309) 782-4626

Small Business Set-Aside

The Army is in the process of assessing the state of the art in small arms technologies and how these technologies can potentially provide the best weapon system(s) for our Soldiers. To that end, the Program Manager for Soldier Weapons (PM SW) Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07860-5000, on behalf of the Program Executive Office Soldier, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5422, is assessing the enhanced carbine and subcompact small arms technologies as well as production capacity of the US small arms industrial base. This effort may be formally initiated in late 2009 with a competitive solicitation. To facilitate planning for this pending solicitation, the following information is requested: oPerformance Improvement. Request information on potential improvements in individual weapon performance in the areas of accuracy and dispersion out to 600m, reliability and durability in all environments, modularity, and terminal performance on a variety of target mediums. Modularity includes, but is not limited to, compatibility with accessory items such as optical sights, image intensification sights, thermal sights, laser targeting systems, bipods, tactical lights, MILES, bayonets, and accessory type grenade launchers. There is specific interest in improvements to zero retention and zero repeatability. Note: Although this request for information is not limited to 5.56mm NATO systems, it is limited to ammunition that will meet International Convention standards. oProduction capacity estimates. Request information on minimum and maximum monthly production rates for a military carbine and/or subcompact individual weapon, and the lead times to achieve these production rates. This estimate should consider a US based production facility by the third year of deliveries. This capacity should be above and beyond any current production orders or current sales. If new facilities are planned or required, so state. oDetailed descriptions of proposed weapon systems to include engineering drawings, pictures, brochures, etc. that will convey the principles as well as general and specific capabilities behind the submissions. oSummarized and detailed test data from any certified test facility that addresses improvements in the areas proposed. Test operating procedures utilized and independent evaluations are also solicited. oAll respondents to this RFI will get an invitation to an Industry Day to be conducted in the fall of 2008. Specific date and time will be announced in the aforementioned invitation. Interested offerors should submit the information annotated above, in hard copy, by 16 Sep 2008 to: U.S. Army TACOM LCMC, Acquisition Center, AMSTA-LC-WSC-C, Bldg 110, Attn: Bob Egan, Rock Island Arsenal, IL 61299-7630. Electronic submissions may be sent to Submissions shall not exceed 25 pages (8 x 11 inches), not including test data. Font shall be 12 pitch with one inch borders. All information is to be submitted at no cost or obligation to the Government. All information marked {Proprietary to company name} will not be disclosed outside of the Department of Defense. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. The documentation provided will not be returned. This is a sources sought notice only. It is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a Request for Proposal or a commitment by the United States of America.

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Place of Performance
Address: TACOM – Rock Island ATTN: AMSTA-AQ-AR, Rock Island Arsenal Rock Island IL

Zip Code: 61299-7630

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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

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