LAS VEGAS -- A day after news broke here at SHOT Show that Sig Sauer had won a $580 million contract to make the Army's next service pistol, beating out three other competitors, the company has released the first images of the winning gun.
The weapon replacing the M9 9mm handgun is Sig Sauer's popular P320 model, a polymer striker-fired pistol first released in 2014. According to an announcement released this morning, the Army's Modular Handgun System program provides for delivery of full-sized and compact P320s. Regardless of size, all the handguns will be equipped with threaded barrels to receive silencers and will include standard and extended-capacity magazines, according to the announcement.
While the P320 has a modular design that can be adjusted for frame size and caliber between 9mm, .357SIG and .40SGW, a source with knowledge of the competition process told Military.com the Army selected the 9mm version of the gun. That has yet to be officially confirmed by Sig Sauer or the Army.
All the new handguns will be manufactured at Sig Sauer facilities in New Hampshire and will be delivered to the Army over a period of 10 years, according to the announcement.
Multiple sources said the competition was whittled from four competitors to two in December, eliminating FN America and Beretta and narrowing the field to Sig Sauer and Glock. It remains to be seen whether Glock, which sources say submitted its Glock .17 and Glock .19 9mm pistols for competition, will protest the contract award.
So: what do you think of the new gun?