The govt just told Beretta they weren't interested in the new M9A3........
Govt set the solicitation release date as Jan 2 2015 with responses due 120-150 days thereafter
Three down select winners will be announced, then they'll compete against one another. There are 20 or so companies competing..........My predictions on initial down selects
(1) Smith & Wesson
The latter Glock may be forced out of the competition later pending other ongoing court cases. If so, Beretta, Sig or Ruger could fill the (3) slot.
If I were S&W I'd design a 5.7x28 M&P with reduced muzzle flash, stainless slide and improved weather resistant operation. My FN 5.7s are highly accurate (flat trajectory), beat most other handguns at "long range", exhibit about 40% less recoil than the 9mm, and you can haul twice the ammo around because they're half the weight of the 9mm.
Their stats do exclude the exceptions I mentioned.............GAO is a bit biased as they tend to be political (their "companion" organization the Congressional Research Service is non-biased, neutral).
libertee4all, I have approx 1000 rounds through the ported M&Ps ---165-180gr factory loads only (I don't trust handloads in ported firearms)...........I get a weekly email from Steve over at bulkammo and end up buying tons of Winchester, Federal,etc --- never the "off" brands.
The ported models are cycling just fine off the factory loads from above.....S&W says there's a lighter recoil, but I haven't noticed it --- probably because the "abrasive" mat'l on the grips is a bit more "aggressive" ----------S&W's ergonomics, trigger , etc are superb.
I fire the Glock 27 every now and again and prefer the M&P's in 40 S&W--- the 27 has had a periodic cycling issue, not sure why....
20 Million may be understated ----The "permits" don't include owners of businesses who carry on their own premises (legal in most states) without a formal court decision.
Circuit courts typically waive a whole class -- LE retirees (1-5 million), licensed "elsewhere" security guards (100s of thousands) , members of the military "when on duty" -- this number may be huge as federal laws state that the military are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a weeks despite where they're located, members of shooting ranges heading to/from the range, ANYONE engaged in hunting heading to/from recreational or hunting areas, most states also "permit" Any person who may lawfully possess a firearm and is carrying a handgun while in a personal, private motor vehicle or vessel and such handgun is secured in a container or compartment in the vehicle or vessel -- the "secured" container may be, in some states, a holster
The list goes on and on..............
Many of the estimates exclude New York, Vermont, other states. I think the number is closer to 20 million.
I think the French police were sending a message to terrorists.
You're badly misinformed and the Russian "fashion statement" you're trying to make is complete nonsense.
Across the board each of these companies brings certain elements to the M&A "party"
- They both sell approx 50M gallons of gas daily at retail in the US although BP (7500 sites) does it more efficiently than RDS (15200 sites).
- In the lubricants area, Castrol (BP) seems to have an impressive following and garners a larger market share, higher conventional and synthetics rankings.
- RDS is far more efficient (likely 2x BP per industry experts) in the production of fuels
- BP is dramatically more efficient (industry experts say 10X RDS) at finding energy sources
- BP historically produces better profits than RDS. In 2013 for example BP ($379B topline) generated $23B in profits to Shell's $16B ($451B topline)
I own both securities and will be adding to each position.
I just did a round trip this morning on some 14'ish shares picked up a couple of days ago...........the stock runs out of airspeed badly up here and since I'm a "distressed" asset buyer (like The Donald) I see little upside from here.
It's actually more like several large boat loads............incredible what the Saudi Squeeze is doing to shale
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Saudi Squeeze in play
You know that delusional mush you keep spouting about the Russians "seizing" BP assets doesn't help your image.
I think they should be planning to buy up a bunch of these US shale assets that go belly up this year and next from the Saudi Squeeze.
The business case for a BP / Royal Dutch merger is compelling:
Transition ease --- they're both incorporated UK companies
$10B - $15B cost savings at the onset
Overlapping CAPEX programs --- another RECURRING $10B savings annually
Scale and throw weight ---$1B in annual RECURRING efficiencies
The combined company could also bankroll a heavily expanded acquisition program --- gobble up cheap shale assets after the Saudis bankrupt 30-40% of these companies
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Same thing holds true for the recent Paris incident -- one of the two shooters was recently released from a
French prison --18 months of his 3-yr sentence for smuggling jihadist foreign fighters into Syria was suspended.
When you look at the figures you've posted all one can say is what a sheer mess this guy has gotten the country in --- shameful.
I'm not sure I'd use those names, but it's pretty clear they're in full rope-a-dope mode. I was a little shocked they let their fearless leader sign off on that pension slice and dice on retirees --pretty brutal move against the Democratic "base"
Our Special Operators, SWAT and Counter Terrorism teams, etc do head shots all day via muscle memory ---- like you won't believe.
Actually half their rounds grazed the roof of the police car, ended up in the engine compartment and passenger side fender -- the majority of the rounds that actually hit the police car hit the center console --- complete waste of ammo ---- I'd say they were your typical weed smoking Algeria / Paris suburb thugs