The Army recently published an official draft solicitation to announce it would soon begin its search for a new service pistol. Army officials say they’ll begin the competition next year. By 2018 they hope to award a contract to a single gun manufacturer for a handgun. Between the Army and other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, this could mean orders totaling nearly half a million pistols. This obviously has many manufacturers interested. Beyond just these sales, many people are always interested in buying a firearm that the U.S. Army is using.