SIG SAUER, Inc. has announced that the US Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the Beretta M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980s.
The manufacturer has issued the following communiqué:-
“Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and calibre by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.“The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.
“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximising full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimised the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”
Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”
¤ We hope to bring readers more details in a future issue of COMBAT & SURVIVAL Magazine.