Originally posted by Lonestar24
The Mk.23 mod.0 will never be a general issue pistol. It was designed exclusively for SOCOM needs (who wanted an "offensive handgun", while pistols
in military terms are rather "defensive" tools). That thing is a monster, only second in size to a full-size Desert Eagle. And it is too
And a USP Full Size Frame = a USP. The Mk.23 is not part of the USP program and was developed parallel on request.
[edit on 1/12/2005 by Lonestar24]
The Mark 23 and MK 23 are USP tacticals to mil spec
Solicitation number : H92222-05-R-0017
Title : 10 -- Joint Combat Pistol (JCP) System
Document Type: Presolicitation Notice
Solicitation Number: H92222-05-R-0017
Posted Date: Aug 26, 2005
Original Response Date: Nov 29, 2005
Current Response Date: Nov 29, 2005
Original Archive Date: Oct 14, 2005
Current Archive Date: Oct 14, 2005
Classification Code: 10 -- Weapons
Naics Code: 332994 -- Small Arms Manufacturing
The US Special Operations Command [USSOCOM] issued a solicitation in August 2005 to obtain commercially available non-developmental item (NDI) Joint
Combat Pistol (JCP) system, Caliber .45 (ACP).
The estimated Maximum quantities are: 45,000 no external safety JCP configuration and 600,000 JCP with the external safety configuration; 649,000
Holsters; 96,050 Standard Capacity Magazines; 192,099 High Capacity Magazines; 667,000 Magazine Holders; 132,037 Suppressor attachment kits;
Provisioning Item Order, Technical Data Package and associated Data.
The JCP shall have an integral MIL-STD-1913 rail for the attachment of accessories (T). The rail shall be located forward of the trigger guard on the
lower portion of the frame (T).
According to the above Government spec request it pretty much describes the Mark 23/ MK 23/ USP Tactical. And with the production numbers needed
pretty much HK is the only capable of supplying this order.