Sig Sauer New Army Handgun

A girl looks at Sig Sauer P320 handguns at the 2015 NRA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. Army just chose the P320 as its official service pistol. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

by Capt. Theresa L. Walker, Public Affairs Officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. -The U.S. Army awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun, according to an announcement from the Army on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Sig Sauer beat out Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Beretta, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, in the competition for the Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program, as reported by multiple sources.

The P320 Full-Size offers a smooth, crisp trigger to make any shooter more accurate, an intuitive, 3-point takedown and unmatched modularity to fit any shooter and any situation. Its full-size frame is ideal for target shooting, home defense and any scenario where shootability and sighted accuracy are of the highest priority. This modular, striker-fired pistol features a full-size grip, full length slide, and choice of contrast or SIGLITE Night Sights. Available calibers include 9mm, .357SIG, .40S&W and .45ACP. Safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety. (

The Army first announced the competition for the MHS back in 2011, but multiple delays left the most recent solicitation deadline at February of 2016, according to Army Times.

Sig touts the P320 model product as “modular” and “adaptable,” with interchangeable grips, multiple sizes and calibers that can be converted between 9mm, .357SIG and .40SGW. “From calibers, to pistol size, to the grip fit best suited for the shooter, the P320 is the most adaptable pistol available today,” the company says in promotional materials, according to

Two sources confirmed to that Sig submitted to the Army .40-caliber and 9mm pistols for consideration. One source said the Army ultimately selected the 9mm version.

Check out the customizable Sig Sauer P320.

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