There’s no doubt that the USW (Universal Service Weapon)-A1 by Switzerland-based B&T AG got some attention when it was showcased at SHOT Show this year. Initially introduced in Europe last year, the company has made it available in the United States. via its American subsidiary, B&T USA.
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Chambered in 9mm, the USW-A1 sports a 4.3-inch barrel, an integral spring-loaded folding stock and custom Aimpoint Nano red-dot sight with a fixed bridge mount for stability during cycling. It also comes with its own custom Level 3 polymer holster. Weighing in at 2.1 pounds and measuring 10 inches folded and 18.5 inches unfolded, this pistol carbine is capable of 1.6-inch groups at a range of approximately 27 yards.
The USW-A1 is built for police work. Here’s the pitch, via the press release:
The USW-A1 was designed to specifically meet the needs of today’s law enforcement professionals, who face challenges that far exceed the capabilities of even today’s most sophisticated pistols, and who during specific conflict situations do not have the time to reach for their standard issue carbine rifle. Now first responders, in most cases patrol officers, can intervene in any sudden event with more stable rapid fire, greater accuracy, and longer range than a standard 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
The USW-A1 is available with 17, 19 and 30-round double stack magazines and can be fitted with B&T’s own Impuls-11A suppressor. All NFA and state and federal laws apply. The DA/SA version is available now, with a striker-fired version scheduled for release later on in the year.
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There’s no MSRP listed on B&T AG’s website for the USW-A1, but the Firearm Blog says it costs around $2000-$2,500. See a rundown of specs below, along with a video showcasing this product.
For more information, visit https://www.bt-ag.ch.
|Caliber||9 x 19 mm|
|Length min./max.||10 in. / 18.5 in.|
|Width||1.6 in. with closed stock|
|Barrel Length||4.3 in.|
|Stock Pull||14.1 in.|
|Primary Sighting System||Aimpoint NANO|
|Suppressor connector||M13.5×1 left|
|Magazines||17, 19 and 30 rounds|
|Also included||B&T APL Advanced Pistol Light, one each 17, 19 and 30 round magazine, duty holster, cleaning kit, sling, manual, case.|