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 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 military.com.
Two sources confirmed to Military.com 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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