SHOT Show 2017 - Swiss-based B&T AG debuts the "Universal Service Weapon", an enhanced-capabilities service sidearm for law enforcement
Times of increasing uncertainty in the field of public safety due to the clear and present terrorist menace to the everyday life of western Countries and cities, law enforcement operators – particularly first responders, who often have no access to firearms other than their service pistol – need adequate tools to enhance their effectiveness in tackling tactical threats and containing mass attack situations that have the potential to take the lives of dozens.
Swiss-based B&T answers those needs with the USW, or "Universal Service Weapon": a SA/DA hammer fired (a pre-set striker-fired version will be available later on in 2017) semi-automatic pistol with enhanced capabilities that offers law enforcement officials the light weight and compact size of a holsterable sidearm and the extended range, accuracy and stability of a small-sized sub-machine gun.
The USW is conceived to be semi-automatic only – no full-automatic/select-fire "machine-pistol" or PDW version is planned so far. Despite this, it's unknown if the company will decide to offer it for commercial/civilian sales as well.
The B&T USW is built around an enhanced and modified Sphinx SDP mixed metal-polymer frame with fully ambidextrous controls, and features a wholly redesigned upper assembly and a side-folding polymer buttstock with a 360 mm / 14.17" pull.
Based on the tried and true Browning locking system, the B&T USW is thus capable of stable rapid fire and provides a 4.3" barrel with an M13.5x1 LH thread pitch at the muzzle for European style sound suppressors.
It also comes factory-issued with an Inforce/B&T APL advanced pistol light and an Aimpoint NANO small-sized reflex sight, both installed on standard Picatinny rails and thus replaceable at the user's will.
Other factory issued accessories include three double-stack magazines hosting 17 or 30 rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition (19 rounds extended magazines are also available), a duty holster and a cleaning kit, a sling, and of course the user's manual, all in a practical protective case.
B&T USW Universal Service Weapon - Specifications
Universal Service Weapon (USW)
Enhanced capabilities semi-automatic pistol
17, 19 and 30 rounds magazines
110 mm / 4.3"
Aimpoint NANO reflex sight, B&T/Inforce APL advanced pistol light
255 mm / 10" (Stock folded)
470 mm / 18.5" (Stock unfolded)
1160 grams / 2.55 lbs