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After adopting the SIG Sauer P320 and announcing their search for a new “sub-compact weapon”, it should come as no surprise that the US Army is looking to do a new upgrade, but only for accessories to their “M870 Modular Combat Shotgun”. Posted just last May 23, the Army Contracting Command distributed their “sources sought notice” for accessories for the Remington 870; the main requirement is that these must be compatible with the Remington 870.

The US Army’s current M870 Modular Combat Shotgun for which they’re looking to “upgrade” with new accessories. At present, this shotgun’s designated roles are: anti-personnel, breaching and less-than-lethal. (Flickr.com/photos/usairforce/7414624938/in/photostream/).

The notice explicitly states that it is shouldn’t be misconstrued as a commitment by the U.S. Government, and it has no intention of awarding any contract on the basis of this “Request For Information” or RFI. The Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (ACC-NJ) is actively looking for possible sources for a new shotgun, in behalf of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) and Product Manager Crew Served Weapons (PMCSW), and only as a form of “market research”.

In the notice, ACC-NJ lists the specs of the M870 as follows:

“One (1) M870 Receiver

18″ “duty” barrel w/ Rem Choke

Magazine tube extension +3

Long Magazine spring (for 14″ and 18″ barrels)

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Barrel Accessory Rail System (BARS) for use with the 14″ and 18″ barrels

Improved choke (IC)

Tactical sling

Removable fixed length Speedfeed ® pistol grip tactical stock

Choke wrench

Operator manual

The M870-24979 is a configuration of the standard M870 Modular Combat Shotgun that removes the 10″ and 14″ barrels and several other components from the standard offering of the MCS system.”

The notice went on to advise respondents to furnish the following information about their company and their capabilities:

“1) A brief summary of your company’s capabilities, including a description of its ability to meet the above-mentioned weapon system and accessories and delivery capabilities to CONUS locations.

2) All interested sources shall provide the organization name, address, point of contact, phone number, , e-mail address, , DUNS number, and CAGE Code. Company size (please identify as either Large, Foreign, Small, Small Disadvantaged, 8(a), Woman-Owned Small Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone concern, Veteran-Owned Small Business, or Service-Disabled Small Business under the applicable NAICS Code 332994.

This Sources Sought Notice is a Request for Information (RFI) ONLY and should NOT be construed as a Request for Proposal (RFP) or a commitment by the U.S. Government. All information is to be submitted at no cost or obligation to the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government is not obligated to notify respondents of the results of this notice.”

While the Remington 870 has been a staple shotgun in the US Army for decades, the Modular Combat model was only adopted recently. The deadline for submission of information was last June 24, so it remains to be seen which companies responded, and what the ARDEC and PMCSW intend to do with that information.

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