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Weapons: MP5 Gets Replaced
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March 8, 2011: India's Border Security Force is replacing 34,500 MP5 9mm machine pistols with the Beretta Mx4 9mm Storm Carbine. The Mx4 is a militarized version of the Cx4, which weighs 2.57 kg (5.75 pounds), unloaded. The Cx4 can use pistol magazines, or its own 20 round magazine. The Cx4 is 75.4cm (29.7 inches) long, with a 42cm (16.6 inch) barrel. There is a rail on the top of the Cx4 for mounting scopes (day or night vision), laser aiming device or flashlight. There is another rail underneath, forward of the trigger, for mounting a grip, laser or flashlight. The MP5s weigh about the same, but have a shorter barrel. The Mx4, with a scope, is pretty accurate out to a hundred meters, and automatic fire is accurate out to 200 meters. The Cx4 has a reputation, among the many police and security personnel who use it, of reliability and ease of use and handling.

 

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Shirrush    WTF?   3/8/2011 2:53:57 PM
Nevertheless, a butt-ugly plastic 9 mm gun. Why was India's own kick-a$$ and body armor-defeating MSMC not selected? Do I smell under-the-table monies?
 
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YelliChink       3/8/2011 5:33:11 PM

Nevertheless, a butt-ugly plastic 9 mm gun. Why was India's own kick-a$$ and body armor-defeating MSMC not selected? Do I smell under-the-table monies?


Your sense of smell is as good as Canine.
 
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Tucci78       3/9/2011 2:44:55 AM

Nevertheless, a butt-ugly plastic 9 mm gun. Why was India's own kick-a$$ and body armor-defeating MSMC not selected? Do I smell under-the-table monies?

It may be that the 9mm Parabellum (9x19 NATO) round may be preferred because it is not as prone to penetrate as is the 5.56x30 MINSAS round chambered by the MSMC.  There is also the fact that inasmuch as the weapon chosen is replacing the MP5, the Border Security Force has an stock of 9mm ammunition which represents a kind of "sunk capital" that would be wasted with the selection of a carbine or submachinegun that requires a different type of cartridge. 
 
Beyond that, would anyone care to speculate about what the Indian government is going to do with the 34,500 MP5 machine pistols they're going to be replacing with these Beretta carbines? 
 
Doubtless they can be inspected and repaired as necessary, and then sold to security forces in other countries.  Might be interesting to follow them as they make their way across the planet.  
 
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