L O I s
Canadian Forces Weapons – General Service Pistol – MERX P&A/LOI – Sept 2011
Retirement Age – Replacing 65 year old Browning High Powers
General Service Pistols – MERX Price and Availability
Update 17 Oct 2011: This P&A has been cancelled. The Ottawa Citizen reported that
potential suppliers objected to its requirement to supplying proprietary details to Colt Canada. No suppliers
regarded this small order as worth surrending industrial secrets.
A Price and Availability request is the first step in procurement and is considered akin to a Letters of Interest
request. This P&A is for 10,000 new General Service Pistols to replace all current in-service Canadian Forces
sidearms, including venerable Browning High Powers
(which first entered Canadian Army service in 1944 ) and a small number of newer SIG Sauer P225 automatic
pistols bought for senior officers and aircrew, etc.
The P&A refers to the 'SAM Project' without explanation. This is the 'Small Arms Modern- ization Project' which,
in turn, spun-off from the Small Arms Replacement Project 2. Part of Phase 1 of SARP 2, the General Service
Pistol program is connected with a planned grenade launcher, breaching shotguns, and Canadian Ranger Rifles. That CR Rifle raises
questions about apparent inconsistancies with Phase 1.
This P&A makes clear that the design selected as the new General Service Pistol will be licence-built here
(by Colt Canada). The latter is dictated by the Munitions Supply Program (begun when Ottawa privatized military munitions
production). Naturally, the Feds would like some control over the production of Army sidearms. The
question is: why wasn't this stricture applied to another Phase 1 component - the 10,000 CR Rifles?
Colt's parent no longer offers combat pistols chambered for 9mm  explaining the licence deal. The
existing 9mm round is specified for "ammunition interoperability [with] allies and NATO." Denmark is also a
member of NATO but that didn't stop them from buying a non- NATO pistol. The reason was simple.
Sirius Patrol knew that 9mm pistols would not stop a
charging polar bear. So, the Danes chose a Glock
20 chambered for 10mm Auto instead. And Colt does make a 10mm Auto pistol.
Commonality and adherance to NATO standards explains DND's slavishly attachment to the 9mm round. Then a niggling
detail pops up. The GSP is to have a MIL-STD 1913 rail system (usually milled into the frame beneath the barrel on
pistols). This Picatinny- style system is about to replaced by the NATO Accessory Rail. The rest of SARP 2 is
already anticipating NAL (aka STANAG 4694), so why did planners 'spec' that US rail?
Does it matter? Consistancy should count for something. What fits on MIL-STD 1913 rails will also fit on the NAL. But
there's no guarantee that future devices designed for NAL will work as well on the US rail. Or maybe NAL just doesn't
fit GSP timing and the DND planners decided to go their own way. Fine. Then why not 'break step' on calibre as well ?
Canadian soldiers would probably rather have a wobbly flashlight on a pistol able to penetrate modern body armour
or stop a charging 680kg polar bear in its tracks.
 Colt's Double Eagle and 9mm 1991 were a similar to the Browning HP. Colt Canada ended Diemaco's
arrangement with the Toronto automatic pistol-maker Para-Ordnance.
GENERAL SERVICE PISTOL [GSP] – 9mm Browning/
SIG Sauer Replacement –
MERX Price & Availability
Reference Numbers PW-$$BM-027-21769
Solicitation Numbers W8476-123150/A
Organization Name Public Works and Government Services
Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Associated Components Yes
Closing 2011-10-14 11:59 AM Eastern Daylight Saving Time EDT
GSINS N1095: MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS
Region of Delivery Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia,
Brunswick, Quebec, National Capital Region, Ontario, Manit-
oba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British
Columbia, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, Nunavut, Foreign
Region of Opportunity —
Agreement Type NONE
Tender Type Price and Availability
( P&A )
Estimated Value —
Solicitation Method —
GENERAL SERVICE PISTOL
Trade Agreement: NONE
Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid
Competitive Procurement Strategy: N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No
Nature of Requirements:
General Service Pistol (GSP) - Price and Availability Request
The Canadian Forces (CF) are looking to replace all current types of pistols in use with a newer weapon and is
gathering information on the Price and Availability of weapons and the number of potential contenders as part of
its planning and budget process [...] The GSP will replace the 9mm Browning High Power and the 9mm Sig Sauer
Model 225 pistol. The sought family of General Service Pistols is based on the direct fire
effects capability requirements, in the context of the Future Security Environment, that are required to support
Adaptive Dispersed Operations in the Army and other roles and missions of Canada's Naval and Air Forces.
Activities and Timelines
Price &Availability letter published: Summer 2011
P&A results received:
14 Oct 2011
Options Analysed and Requirements refined: December 2011
Definition, buy & try:
Jun 12-Mar 15
Weapon Selected and Contracted awarded: Winter/Spring2015
Start of delivery of new GSP:
The aim of the SAM Project is to procure approximately 10,000 GSP, ancillary equip- ment and secure the necessary
Integrated Logistic Support for the in-service support. Not included in this Price & Availability Request, the
successful [GSP] bidder will be requested to provide the following additional requirements:
o Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) necessary to introduce the system and support
during the first two years of
A Technical Data Package;
Propose and deliver the necessary User and Maintenance conversion training
package and Train the Trainer type training;
User and maintenance bilingual (English and French) publications in Canadian
Forces Technical Order (CFTO) format;
Initial provisioning repair parts for two years usage; and
Provision of engineering services to support the introduction and fielding for
first two years of use.
Munitions Supply Program (MSP)
Some degree of weapons support shall be conducted by Canada's Small Arms Strat- egic Source and Centre of Excellence
under the Munitions Supply Program, currently Colt Canada. [E]ventual bidders will be required to enter into an agreement to
provide a Technical Data Package (TDP) to the Crown with the understanding that the TDP will be passed to Colt
Canada in order that:
a. for National Security reasons, the [General Service Pistols] will be produced in
Canada by Colt Canada under license; and
b. 3rd line depot-level maintenance and Life Cycle support can be provided to this
[General Service Pistols] weapons fleet by Colt Canada.
Only robust Military-Off-The-Shelf (MOTS) products will be considered to limit the testing required to validate
that the proposed pistol is effective and robust enough to meet its intended role.
Only pistols chambered for NATO 9 x 19mm ammunition will be considered because Canada is committed to maintaining
ammunition interoperability and standardization with its trusted allies and NATO. [...]
Contractors are requested to indicate their ability, and that of any subcontractors, to accommodate personnel and
facility security requirements, together with controlled goods restrictions (e.g. International Traffic in Arms
Regulations), export licenses and 3rd party release requirements. Contractors are to clearly identify any
implications that may affect delivery of the proposed solution in accordance with the Industrial Security Program
of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) requirements.
This P&A is the first step in engaging industry to refine the GSP requirements and support concepts, as well as
defining budget, schedule and risk elements associated with a best-value approach. Industry is encouraged to be
innovative in their proposed method(s) of capability delivery and support options. Based on the requirements
de- tailed in this document, the P&A seeks vendors to provide the following information:
o The estimated unit cost and technical description of the GSP. The description must specifically
address the P&A requirements [...] and the following are assumptions for
the at Annex B:
Up to 10,000 complete GSP. A complete GSP includes:
A NATO-STD 1913 rail; 3
magazines; A holster; A lanyard; and A cleaning kit.
The cost for and additional 10,000 magazines and 1,000 cleaning kits.
A statement of delivery capability [...] whether or not the milestones stated in this
P&A can be achieved, if not, provide the best possible delivery Schedule; [...]