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!
Looks good, and likely is high quality, and probably outside my budget. H/T SigAddict
Hickok45 reviews the Sig Sauer P-320 Compact in 9mm, which is, in fact my latest gun purchase
It is sweet, fun to shoot, and it is a SIG!
At the moment, SIG SAUER is a company that straddles the Atlantic ocean. Most of their manufacturing is done at their Exeter and Newington plants in New Hampshire, but for the older models and some of the more high maintenance designs the guns are still manufactured at their plant in Germany. Guns like the P210, the higher polish X-FIVE and X-SIX series, and the P232 were being made in Germany and imported into the United States for sale, which made them much more expensive to manufacture and added import costs to the price tag. I had the opportunity to chat with Ron Cohen (above), the CEO of SIG SAUER, and one of the details that he let slip was that the company would be producing all of their guns in the US by 2015 . . .
While moving production to the US is one step, Cohen wants to go even further. He’s working with engineers to modernize some of the older designs, such as the P210. As he said in our meeting, while the gun is a brilliant design it was made in an era where surface hardening and stamping sheet metal were cutting edge technologies. Now we can do so much more, and (with the blessing of the original designer of the P210) he’s bringing those designs up to modern specs.
Good news, but if I could make one suggestion to the folks at Sig. Open a manufacturing facility here, in North Central Texas. Texas has an incredibly business friendly environment. And, if Sig was to make the best damned firearms made here, it would be really easy to have a certain blogger review those fine firearms wouldn’t it? Just saying………..
The NSSF’sSHOT Business magazineis reporting that SIG Sauer is getting ready to introduce a brand new product line called theP320 Modular Pistol. The new SIG P320 will be astriker-fired, polymer framed handgun that is designed to easily change configurations to match the shooter’s hand and use.
A shooter can change the SIG P320 to different frame sizes, different hand sizes and even different calibers. Essentially, a single serial numbered fire control unit serves as the basis for the pistol. Different sized barrels, frames and magazines can then all be used with the pistol to make a semi-custom gun to match the shooter’s need.
Currently, the company has a modular pistol in the catalog: the P250. The P250 is a hammer-fired gun, while the new P320 is striker fired. While comparisons between the two guns will inevitably happen, a comparison of the new gun to Glock, Smith & Wesson’s M&P and Springfield Armory’s XD(M) is likely a better one.
What to do on Christmas Eve? Well, like millions of others I had to do some final shopping, so I did hit Wal Mart, which was not as crowded as I thought it might be, except for the toy department, which, or course, is where I needed to shop. Anyway, before the shopping, I decided to take an opportunity to visit the gun range, and I am glad I did. I decided to shoot the usual 100 rounds with my Sig p250, and shot further than the last time, when I went between 7-11 yards. I spread my shots from 9-15 yards, with over half from 12 yards or beyond, except for my last magazine, which I just fired as rapidly as I could from about 6 yards. Anyway, like last week, I went for as much speed as possible, gun up, on target, fire. I am really used to the double action trigger now, I have the reset point down, and it showed in my shooting.
Out of 100 rounds, I had 96 in the 8-10, not quite as good as my 98 out of 100 last time, but I put 87 of those in the 9-10 rings, better than last trip’s 75, and I had about 40 of those in the 10 circle, it is hard to tell exactly since a good portion of the 10 ring was gone. So, overall my best day of shooting. I was darned proud of myself. Then I came home and watched this guy, Max Michel who captains the Sig Sauer shooting team
At age 31, Max Michel is a legend within the world of competitive shooting. A three-time World Speed Shooting Champion, six-time USPSA National Champion, and three-time US National Steel Champion, Max is a dominant force in pistol shooting sports. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA Max began shooting when he was just 5 years old. In 1999 Max joined the famed USAMU’s Action Pistol Team and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as an Army shooter and trainer. Max is also the current captain of the Team SIG SAUER shooting team. Today, Max is recognized worldwide as a top tier athlete and instructor.
18 shots, and two reloads in under 5 seconds? DAMN!
Here is the best advice for a new shooter
Yes, I have been absent the last two days. No, I was not abducted by a gang of hot women, although I could go for that. I have had some family business to tend to, and deal with the past couple of days, but, hopefully that is behind me now, so here I am raring to give Liberals all the heck I can. Given that Liberals hate guns, I figured I would pose a question that will bug Liberals and, at the same time, possibly give me an answer to a burning question.
That question is what will my next gun be? I do not own a 9mm at the moment, I own a .357 Sig (Smith and Wesson) a sub compact .40 S&W (Taurus) and two .45’s a Colt 1911, and my newest gun, a Sig P250 compact. So, I am looking for a 9mm with a “high capacity magazine”, a meaningless term the Left throws around to scare ignorant people. Of course, the Left has deemed that we only need seven bullets, no more, and anything with a bigger magazine is therefore an evil “high capacity magazine”. Of course, in a few years, they will decide that seven bullets is too many, and they will seek to redefine their own definition of “high capacity magazine”, that is how the Left operates. But, I have narrowed my choices down to four options.
A Taurus PT 24/7 G2 9mm with a 3.5 inch barrel, and a 17 round mag, the gun also comes with a 13 round mag.
This is the least expensive of my choices, which is a plus, and I really like the two Taurus guns I own. It feels great in my hand, and I like the looks of it, the weak point is the sights, it does not have a 3 dot sight, which I really prefer.
Next is a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm with a 4.25 inch barrel, 3 dot sights, and three 17-round mags. I like the feel of the gun, the sights are very good, but it might be a hair big for carry.
Then there is the one I am leaning towards right now. The Springfield XDM 9mm, with a 3.8 inch barrel, and two mags, a 19 round, and a 13 round. Love the feel of this gun, love the look, love the sights.
Then there is the Sig P250 9mm, with a 15-round magazine. I have written about how much I love my .45 P250, so I know the feel, and accuracy will be second to none. The only drawback? It only comes with one magazine, and Sig mags are not cheap.
Then there is this one, which is out of my price range. A Sig Sauer P226 tactical operations, complete with 4 20-round mags. It is only about 1,300 bucks though. I could get a P226 MK25, which is the sidearm SEALs carry for about $1,150, but, I just cannot afford right now, but one day I will splurge and get possibly the best handgun ever made
So, any thoughts? Anyone own any of these? Anyone have some advice?
I overslept this morning, but woke up in time to get to the range by 11:30. I usually prefer arriving early, they open at 11:00. I just like it better when I am the only one shooting or one of just a few. There was only two other guys there, so I had the place nearly to myself. This was my third trip since buying my new Sig P250 c .45 and I focused mostly on quicker firing today. Getting the gun up, sighted, and firing on target was my aim, and I was interested in how a less deliberate pace would affect my accuracy. I shot at various ranges 7-11 yards, and increased my rate of fire as I went, with my last two magazines used up as quickly as I could pull the trigger. The results?
100 rounds fired, with 98 shots in the 8,9,10 circles, both of those in the 7 circle happened while shooting my first magazine. Of the 98 in the 8-10 circles, 75 were in the 9-10. So, my accuracy was actually a bit above usual. After sweeping up, I cannot believe everyone does NOT sweep up their brass, I went into the shop and purchased a new gun case, and a box of Federal Personal Defense bullets, and chatted with the owner a bit, as usual. Today I told him about a co-worker who I had heard bashing gun owners because “they never trained, or became effective with our guns”. I was amused last week when this same fellow asked me what I did on days off. When I told him Friday’s generally mean a trip to the range, he looked put off, asking me what I got out of shooting. I told him that I do enjoy shooting, but that a large part of visiting the range is to become as proficient with my guns as possible, just in case. This made him look even more put off.
Funny how Liberals think isn’t it? First they rail about how gun owners ought to practice but then criticize us when we DO invest time and effort into training.
Anyway, after that I went home, cleaned my gun, the take down on a Sig is super simple, and so is reassembling it, so cleaning is pretty easy. Those folks at Sig really do make great guns, which brings me back to my original point, which is sometimes you DO get what you pay for. My Taurus PT 140 .40 S&W is a fine gun, I have put well over 2,000 rounds through it with no problems, but after just 300 rounds with my Sig, I am already far more accurate and consistent with it. Yes, the Sig is more money than a Taurus, and I have one of the least expensive Sig Sauers, but the Sig is a superior gun, better sights, better ergonomics, super simple maintenance. I would never tell anyone what type of gun to buy, but, I will remind y’all that I have named Sig Sauer the OFFICIAL gun maker of this blog, so………….
I mentioned previously I purchased a new handgun, a Sig Sauer P250 .45 compact a couple of weeks ago. I have now been to the range twice, and after 200 rounds I can say I LOVE THIS GUN! It is accurate, the sights are super easy and once I really got the feel of the trigger action, it is a blast to shoot. It is the most accurate, and the easiest to field strip and clean, and reassemble of any gun I have ever owned. In short the gun is simple, and crafted to perform. It feels better in my hand every time I fire it.
In appreciation for the fine work Sig Arms does, I am making Sig Sauer the OFFICIAL gun maker of The Daley Gator. Maybe they will hire me to go over tp Switzerland one day to test fire their weapons? Yeah, I know a guy can dream though. Of fine arms, and hot Swiss gals!
I have mentioned recently I was looking at trading My Taurus PT140 for a Sig Sauer P250.40 S&W Compact. Well, today, I got off work a bit early, and went to a couple of stores, gander Mountain and Academy Sports. Academy had the P250 .40 S&W, with a 13-round magazine. I was close to buying it, but wanted to check out Gander Mountain first. The gun selection at Gander is awesome! I mean it blew my mind. The prices? Considerably higher than Academy. I was about to head back to Academy when I spied a P250 .45 ACP compact. It has a 9-round magazine, and, like every Sig I have ever held, feels like it was made for my hand. The best part was this one did not have night sights, saving my some bucks, and it was a great deal. So good I kind of expected them to say the price was wrong, but, it wasn’t, so I snatched it up. Got a few boxes of ammo, Gander had tons of ammo too, and did my background check. For whatever reason, the background check was much quicker than when I bought my Taurus in March.
So, needless to say, I will hit the range tomorrow, and put 100 rounds or so through my new gun. Cannot wait! I have always wanted a Sig, but the price had stopped me. But this deal was too good too pass up. So, Merry Christmas to me!
Off to the gun range here in about an hour or so, and I have been looking to buy a new gun, actually, I am looking at selling my Taurus PT140. 40 S&W and putting that money into a new gun, specifically a Sig Sauer P250 .40 S&W compact. My problem is this. I love the Taurus, I have put 2500 rounds or so through it at the range, with no problems at all. But a few weeks ago, I ran into a buddy at the range, a retired police officer, he had a Sig P250 .45ACP and let me shoot it. And, to my surprise, I was more accurate with it than my Taurus, plus I loved the feel of the gun. Another plus is that the P250’s are modular. you can change grips, calibers, and sizes, full size to compact, to sub-compact. Here is a video explaining
Pretty cool. I like that the Sig has a 13 round magazine, my Taurus has a 10 round magazine. I would also have to buy extra magazines for the Sig, and they run in the $40 range. The Sig is a tad bigger but feels great in my hand. Since the gun is largely for concealed carry size dos matter, a 3.9 inch barrel vs my Taurus 3.25 inch barrel. And, I know Sig Sauer has a great reputation for quality. So, there is my dilema, stick with my Taurus, or switch to a Sig. Any thoughts?
Chris Wysocki lays into Nanny Bloomberg for his draconian gun laws
Mike Bloomberg would prefer if New Yorkers got robbed. Repeatedly. To him, anything is better than protecting yourself with a gun. How do I know this? I mean besides Mayor Mikey’s fanatical devotion to repealing the Second Amendment? Because NYC resident George Bardwil pulled a gun on a would-be robber, and Bloomberg’s Storm Troopers promptly arrested him on an illegal weapons charge.
A Manhattan millionaire faces three years in jail for drawing an unlicensed gun on a burglar inside his home.
George Bardwil, who owns linen company Bardwil Home, was in his E Street apartment when an intruder came into his home in January… Bardwil, 60, threatened the intruder with a loaded .40 cal Sig Sauer. The man fled and Mr. Bardwil called the police.
After showing the cops footage from his home surveillance cameras, they arrested him under suspicions of owning an illegal firearm…
Of course they didn’t arrest the burglar. That would require them to do actual police work. Terrorizing law-abiding citizens in their own homes is much easier. And a lot more fun.
What if this man had followed the law? What if he had been disarmed? What if the burglar had assaulted or killed him? Could he, or his family have sued nanny Bloomberg for forcefully disarming him? I wonder also if it ever occurred to the gun grabbers like Bloomberg that having citizens like this man actually benefits New York? Of course not, they hate individualism and anything that upholds Individualism. They are enemies of liberty and it is a black mark on the voters of New York that they would have elected a would be tyrant so many times.
The Other McCain, who I stole part of that headline from, reports that we may have a motive in the Newtown shootings
NEWTOWN, Conn. – The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility . . .
[The creepy little weirdo], targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown after killing his mother early Friday because he believed she loved the school “more than she loved him,” said Joshua Flashman, 25 . . .
“From what I’ve been told, [the creepy little weirdo] was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told FoxNews.com. “[The creepy little weirdo] was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he was really, really angry. I think this could have been it, what set him off.”
A senior law enforcement official involved in the investigation confirmed that [the creepy little weirdo’s] anger at his mother over plans for “his future mental health treatment” is being looked at as a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
Sounds plausible. I think it is clear that this creepy little shit needed to be locked away, for his good, and for those around him as well. What it takes, legally, to put a dangerous sicko away I am not familiar with, but surely it is not easy, and with mostly good reasons. One question I do have though. If I lived with a person who was a wacko, yes, I know by calling him a wacko I am being insensitive, but, I think we should be a tad more honest about wackos, so too bad if it hurts your sensitivities. If I lived with a wacko, I would make sure they could NEVER get my guns. So, I do wonder if his mother had them locked away. As a practice, I believe in locking guns away only in certain situations, for safety reasons, such as having small children around. Frankly, having you gun locked up, unloaded, makes it harder to use if it is needed in a hurry.
Speaking of guns, The Other McCain also notes that on the MSNBS Gun Control 2012 Telethon, which benefits the delusional Leftists among us, some ass hat, there are so many on MSNBS called the weapons the creepy little weirdo used “exotic”, which is, how shall I put this delicately, BS!
Today on the Endless Gun Control Telethon that is MSNBC — I Watch, So You Don’t Have To™ — a guest on Morning Joe referred to the Newtown shooting as exemplifying the problem caused by “exotic weapons.” This demonstrates the problem caused by common ignorance.
Adam Lanza’s weapons were a Bushmaster .223-caliber semi-automatic, a type described by the New York Times as “the most popular rifle in America, according to gun dealers,” as well as two 9-mm pistols (Glock and Sig Sauer) and a shotgun of unknown make.
These are not “exotic weapons” by any definition.
Of course, to Leftists, any gun is exotic, because Leftists, and Liberals, HATE guns. Liberals hate guns because they do are ignorant about guns, and because they have been taught, indoctrinated to think of guns, and gun owners, as bad. Leftists also hate guns, but for a different reason. They see guns as the ultimate symbol of the thing they hate most, Individualism. Anything that makes people more independent is evil to a Leftist. And make no mistake. Leftists KNOW that bringing back the idiotic “assault weapons” ban will not do a single thing to curb any mass shootings. They know that, as Stacy McCain notes, the Bushmaster rifle was not banned by Diane Feinsteins’ pet legislation.
Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Californication) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Corruption) are vowing legislation to bring back the (absurdly misnamed) “assault weapons ban.”
We will leave aside the biggest aspect of the misnomer (i.e., semi-automatic rifles are not “assault weapons”) and focus instead on the “ban” part of this rhetorical delusion. The Bushmaster was NOT banned under the law Democrats want to bring back.
What we are dealing with here — amidst the chaotic cacophony of frenzied liberal noise — is another one of those “do something” episodes that occasionally afflict the media/politics nexus. The follies that result from the “do something” impulse, as politicians react to the latest headline and try to reassure voters that government can fix whatever problem concerns them, has resulted in some of the most awful stupidity in history, including Republican stupidity: Terrorists strike New York? Create a new government agency for airport security! Give the feds more wiretapping authority! Invade some foreign countries! And . . . how’d that work out for ya?
Their aim is to take out individualism, and they see this as an opening to further their agenda. The Left is at war here, as they have been for a long time, against Individualism, to achieve the end of destroying Individualism, they must take away the guns. As Stacy notes, Liberals are squealing like stuck pigs over the rhetoric the Leftists are using. The Leftists use that rhetoric “Assault weapons” “Exotic weapons” “Gun Culture”, and it gets the Liberals, who emote instead of thinking, into Do Something Mode. This is how we get stupid, ineffective laws that end up restricting rights rather than preventing crimes.