Breaking: SIG Sauer Awarded U.S. Army Modular Handgun System Contract

SIG Sauer P320 pistol right

SIG Sauer handguns have long been a favorite of competitive shooters, law enforcement, and home defense enthusiasts. Now, it will add the U.S. Army to its list of fans with the award of a contract to replace the M9 service pistol. Here is the full release from SIG Sauer.

SIG Sauer P320 pistol right Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG Sauer, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG Sauer Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. 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 caliber 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 (10) 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 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.” 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.”

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Comments (15)

  1. Been waiting on 2 handguns to be returned from sig for 1 year and 11 months and counting. Been lied to by customer service and reps. on multiple occasions about the status of my firearms. I will never own another sig, as a firearms instructor I will not promote them. Look into springfield, quality firearms and a fabulous repair shop with incredible customer service.

    1. Wow, Norm…..That’s a bummer. And, I am sorry to hear that you have been treated so badly. I own a lot of SIG Sauer firearms, and fortunately I have never had to return any of them for service. On the other hand, though, whenever I have called SIG on the phone, I have always received courteous service with quick responses on any parts I may have ordered.

    1. While I have several striker fired pistols in my collection…..the SIG P320 among them, I too have difficulty letting go of the hammer fired variety of pistols. I have usually viewed hammer guns as safer than striker guns, but that degree of safety often comes at the expense of the smoothness and crispness of the trigger. Of course hammer guns can be tuned to some pretty fine triggers, but the general idea behind striker guns is that the lock time is shorter than a hammer gun and the out-of-the-box trigger is usually smoother and more crisp than the hammer linkage permits with an out-of-the-box hammer gun.

      Does it make a big difference to me in my daily carry pieces? Not really, as I often alternate between hammer guns and striker guns as the mood determines.

      I suspect that one of the reasons behind the DoD requirement for a striker fired pistol may be in the area of maintenance and repair. Generally striker guns have fewer parts in the lock train than hammer guns, and they likely may be simpler to service than hammer guns. With service life being a consideration in the DoD purchase decision, cost benefit analyses may have also had a hand in this decision.

      How ever it got done, I applaud this selection of a SIG Sauer product that is completely manufactured here in the USA in Exeter, New Hampshire.

    1. Since the DoD remains signatory to NATO on standardization agreements (STANAG) for weapons and equipment similarity and interoperability, the P320 will be in caliber 9x19mm.

  2. My two favorite pistols are Sig and Beretta. So this is not bad news. However I do prefer a steel gun over polymer and one with a hammer. All of my Sigs (5) and Berettas (3) have that. I have not fired a P320, but have read good reviews and would like to sometime. I see the reasons for this weapon style. Congratulations SigSauer!

  3. While I certainly would have liked to see an American company provide these pistols to our armed forces, at least, in my opinion they chose a great handgun. I have had a full sized P320 in 9mm nearly since they were available and I really like the platform and am very accurate with it. I now carry a P320 compact every day.

    1. The SIG is American made. New Hampshire. Just like the Berettas were American made. S&W, Ruger and Colt didn’t win. Almost no gun company is all American owned. Look at FN, they make our M16m M4, M240, M249 and other weapons in America, but they are Belgian.

  4. I have long been a fan of SIG Sauer firearms, be they pistols or long arms. With that loyalty, I have several SIGs in my collection, and I routinely carry them on a daily basis.

    As a retired Army officer with a career spanning 21 years, from 1963 to 1984, my usual duty sidearm was the M1911 pistol, which I found completely serviceable and easy to master. Shortly after my military retirement, US forces adopted the Beretta M9, and since I am a devotee’ of military firearms, I obtained an M9 for my collection. I like the M9, and though it is a fairly large pistol, I have had no difficulty with concealed carry of mine, and it also was easy to master. Now, much to my surprise and delight, I see that the SIG P320 is going to be the new service pistol. Being the SIG fan that I am, when the P320 became available, I quickly acquired one…..a compact model, and I have had nothing but good experiences with it.

    Back when the Beretta M9 was adopted by US forces, the SIG P228 was also adopted as a special purpose pistol. I already had a P228, and I was gratified to see that it had been accepted in service to our nation. Now, however, I shall revel in seeing the MPs at my neighboring installation of Fort Hood carrying SIG P320s as the provisions of the DoD contract are fulfilled in the coming years.

    1. $2000 apiece is…uh, charitably put, highway robbery. Hopefully that includes a boatload of accessories, maintenance supplies, and training perks. I used the Sig 228 as a CID Agent, and it was a fine pistol. I’m sure the P320 will be as well.


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