Remember when @CoolArrowKicker said HK messed things up? Well, maybe he had some good info after all.
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ITD1944 can you further explain. Admittedly, I do not understand the Government procurement process. I understand seeking additional manufacturing sources, such as FN manufacturing M16/M4's along with Colt. But I don't understand cutting out the contract winning company, and seeking a replacement manufacturer? Or do I have this all wrong?
USP Tactical .45acp
HK 416 10.5" upper
HK45T (OD Green)
End Users were past tired with Knight's product, we had a DDM on contract, former Marine Scout Sniper, who failed his quarterly qualification and was slated to be sent home until "other levels" got involved and it was shown to be the weapon, not the shooter. "Shot stringing" and odd ball fliers after the first few rounds was common.
A well qualified career SF SOTIC instructor who used to post on another board (he went from active duty to civilian contractor the day after he retired and reported to SOTIC just like he had the previous day, for what that tells you about him as a SME) stated that he felt Knight's should have been sued by the government to recoup all the money spent on a "not ready for prime time" product and that Knight's basically used all that money to continue to refine an unsuitable product. Problem is, even after they reach that point, all the previous units in play continue to be problematic and the weapon's reputation as a problem in one way or another continues. "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression" as it were. When it comes to guns you carry on a two way range, it's the kiss of death. Hence the desire for the same breed of gun, just one that can be relied on. The Knight's product cannot, it's a neat package that doesn't live up to it's billing. No one has the time or the inclination to work through every example in the arms room to find out which one's are OK and which one's are a POS.
But people still spend stupid money on it, "because Knight's".
"We do bad things to bad people".