HR goes into the selection process
that produced the Sig P320 as America’s new official
sidearm for the military.
As a gun club stubfart I have little interest in plastic guns. Such guns have no soul or romance; they are not intended to. They are tools designed to protect their owners and that’s it. If I were a squaddie, however… I’d be all over these. If you have to carry and fight with a gun, the polymer guns are best tools for the job and no bones about it. Even I am forced to say so and I have one too.
HRF is such a war fighter, he was a Marine and a cop. He understands tangos, punks, and street turdies. He’s a patriot and a defender of rights and freedoms. He may be a little old and grey, but I’d go so far as to say he’s still a Marine in every sense of the word. He believes in his country, his military and the mission. And he is hopelessly, utterly naive about how big bid proposals actually work.
I’ve been involved in the big bid packages for over 20 years. If you have - you’d have seen all the wiggle room, the word salad, and the opportunities for grift and inside baseball that I did.
Of course Sig came out on top of Glock in the bid process. The parameters for the selection process were specifically written to favour Sig; that is why they blew out all the competitors on the first round. Of course it looks legit on paper, most folks wouldn’t have done the deep dive that Funk did. Funk reads the footnotes and T&C’s. He looks over test results and gives it a thumbs up, and calls it good. He walks away satisfied, and the hucksters and grifters stifle their laughter until he’s out of earshot and there’s no cameras on.
Contracts and bid proposals are nothing more than a written understanding of a business proposal. People and businesses deviate from them all the time. If I contract TB to shingle my roof and pay within 30 days… it probably won’t be the end of the world if I take 45. “Jeez, TB, my car blew up and I had some things come up. Can you give me an extra 15 days to pay?” He knows me, he doesn’t want a costly legal battle, and he knows I’ll refer business to him. He’ll probably give me an extension and think nothing of it. He wants his money and understands the cost of doing business and the value of good will.
If he promises to complete the job in 30 days, and can’t finish on time because of supply train issues, and needs an extension, I will give him one because everyone else is having issues, and he has a reputation for good work and service. I want my roof, not the hassles of legal battles, and I may want to contract his services on other jobs down the road. I am not going to kick him off, and try and parachute another possibly unfamiliar contractor in…he could bring in even more problems.
Stuff like deviations and exemptions and waiving certain terms and conditions after the purchase allow businesses and individuals the wiggle room to keep partnerships productive and profitable. They are also the point of entry for grifters, shysters, and carpetbaggers. They can lean on suppliers and customers alike. They meet in the back rooms and off camera. They make promises knowing full well they will not fulfill them, and they buy off or blackmail whistle blowers. In a deal involving over 100 million dollars… I’d be shocked if there wasn’t at least SOME corruption in all that. Rest assured, the carpetbaggers have their cut factored in and hidden well beyond and outside the scope of that bid package. Guys like you and me and Funk will not see it at this point; it would take a forensic audit to root the wise guys out at this point. When guys like Ruger, FN, and other movers and shakers don’t even bother to bid… it’s because they know the fix is in.
Having said all that… the squaddies still got the best pistol for them. I recently shot the Sig P320 at the range and it took an effort not to fall in love with it. It was robust, simple and accurate. Glock isn’t fit to shine Sig’s shoes in the gun world, at least - not without some work. Out of the box I’d rather have the Sig any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The squaddies got the best gun for the job…but that was just a happy coincidence. It’s not a conspiracy theory if it’s true.
Did anyone ever go to jail for the $500.00 hammers or the $5000.00 toilet seats?
I rest my case. 😎