After half a decade of trials, the US Army has finally selected a new service pistol to replace the Beretta M9, which was the US Army’s go to pistol for over 30 years. The US Army’s new service pistol will be the Sig Sauer P320.
One of the primary goals of the US Army’s “Modular Handgun System” was to find a single handgun to fit all of the Army’s various missions. From a full size combat oriented pistol, to a compact pistol for undercover/police work, they wanted as much parts compatibility as possible to keep maintenance costs down. The Sig Sauer’s P320 allows for multiple calibers and sizes with impressive parts compatibility between different handgun sizes and calibers. Sig Sauer’s design allows for an easy slide, barrel, and grip swap to have access to many different sizes and calibers to fit the desired need.
The military contract for the XM17 program was worth up to $580 million to purchase over 200,000 of the full size pistol, 7,000 of the compact pistol, and spare parts. The actual number of pistols is naturally subject to change. The US Army believes the new Sig Sauer P320 should be fielded as early as this year.
While the US Army’s go to pistol was the Beretta M9, the US Military currently fields several other pistols. The Green Berets and Marines Special Operations will use Glock 9mm pistols, and the Navy SEALS will use the Sig Sauer P226 or Heckler & Koch HK45C.