This news erupted on the second to last day of SHOT Show.
As my colleagues Matthew Cox and Hope Hodge Seck are reporting:
The U.S. Army on Thursday awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the service's next service pistol.Read the rest of the story over at Military.com. We will be updating this throughout the evening.
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 news was so surprising, Sig didn't even have a comment right away.