The lesson here, however, is that when large inventories of guns are involved, minor statistical differences can have a noticeable effect.For just about the cost of a single Abrams tank the Army could have had a more reliable handgun for the M9's thirty-year run, giving soldiers increased confidence in their handguns.
The Beretta weighed 33.3 ounces, and the Sig Sauer 34 ounces. The Beretta 92 SB-F was competitive with the P226 but did not significantly test better than the Swiss-German handgun.Later, Beretta and Sig Sauer wound become the two finalists.The Army eventually picked the Beretta as the winner of the competition, later designed the M9, apparently on cost grounds—the Italian company’s total bid was three million less than their Swiss-German competitors.While the Sig was the cheaper handgun, it also quoted higher costs for magazines and spare parts, boosting the overall cost of the acquisition. Although Sig had failed to win the grand prize, the company still received a fairly prestigious consolation prize. Although Sig had failed to win the grand prize, the company still received a fairly prestigious consolation prize.The difference between the Sig Sauer P226 and Beretta 92 SB-F in a government competition was minimal, so much so that Beretta basically won the competition on a cost basis.