The U.S. Army and Air Force are moving one step closer to replacing the 9mm Beretta M9 pistol that has been the U.S. military’s “go to” sidearm for more than 30 years.
The Department of Defense will soon chose three finalists in a competition to be the U.S. Army and Air Force’s new sidearm. One of the three finalists could go on to outfit all of the services, with total sales of of 500,000 handguns—but not before the Pentagon bureaucracy makes it as long and complicated as possible.
The Modular Handgun System (MHS) is a $17 million dollar effort to replace the aging Beretta M92 handgun. First adopted in the 1980s, the U.S. Army’s Berettas are beginning to wear out. The M92 is also a product of another time, and hasn’t kept up with recent advances in pistol technology.
You can, and should go read it all. Owens, who really should link this blog sometime, knows a great deal about firearms, more than me, and I value his opinion. As for my “two cents” Let me say four little words about the P-320, and yes, I do own one, those four words? It is a Sig! There is a reason Sig Sauer’s firearms are so revered.
Hey look, the Army listened to me, and Bob Owens. Their new service pistol is a Sig!
The Sig Sauer P320 pistol has been chosen as the winner of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition to replace the Beretta M9 as the service pistol of the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the service’s next service pistol.
Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol.
“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System team,” Army Acquisition Executive Steffanie Easter said in a Jan.19 press announcement. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we have optimized private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines, and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”
The Army did not offer any details about what caliber the new Sig Sauer pistol will be.
The caliber will be, I would think, as does that Owens guy, 9mm. An upgraded version, but 9mm Of course, I heard today the Army had decided on the P 320, and figured I would have some fun by posting the first part of this post!