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9 mm Browning Pistol

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 6 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans there are to replace the 9 mm Browning pistol in the UK armed forces; (80933)

(2) who makes the 9 mm ammunition used with the Browning side arm in the UK armed forces; and what recent assessment has been made of the trend in the number of stoppages;

(3) in what years successive marks of the Browning 9 mm pistol came into service.

The Browning 9 mm pistol entered service in 1967 and no successive marks have been introduced. A replacement pistol is not planned until 2016. The ammunition is manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (IMI). The performance of all weapons systems is continuously assessed and there has been no trend identified regarding stoppages for the Browning 9 mm pistol.