The U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the Beretta M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980s.
Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator.
The Modular Handgun System (MHS) Program provides for the delivery of both full-size and compact P320s over a period of ten years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard- and extended-capacity magazines.
Eagle Gun Range based in Lewisville, Texas, is a Texas & U.S. Law Shield affiliate facility that has run an extensive review of the pistol. On the range’s blog, reviewer Andy Rutledge concluded, “If you’re a striker-fired enthusiast, the Sig P320 is one pistol you simply have to check out and evaluate for all of its many virtues. Rent this gun and give it a try. I bet you’ll be impressed on several levels.”
Texas & U.S. Law Shield affiliate facility Defender Outdoors in Fort Worth ran a recent YouTube video in which they took a P320 out of the box and put it to work on the range. Click the video below to watch that.
“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter in an Army release about the pistol. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private-sector advancements in handguns, ammunition, and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”
All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.
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.”
Will the Army’s decision influence your choice of carry handgun? Do you have personal experience with the SIG Sauer P320? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below. — Texas & U.S. Law Shield Staff