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US Army to begin fielding new Sig Sauer M17 handguns next month

04 October 2017

The US Army in November expects to field its first M17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which is to receive about 2,000 of the pistols.The US Army's new M17 handgun is 'Coyote Brown' in colour, has interchangeable hand grips, and is ambidextrous. It will be supplied in full-sized (pictured) and compact versions. (Sig Sauer)The US Army's new M17 handgun is 'Coyote Brown' in colour, has interchangeable hand grips, and is ambidextrous. It will be supplied in full-sized (pictured) and compact versions. (Sig Sauer)

Fielding will be done following “a conditional material release for the MHS”, the army said in a 2 October report. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, and “one of the army's new security force assistance brigades” will be next to receive the M17.

The long-running MHS project, intended to replace legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, was awarded on 19 January with a total USD580.217 million ceiling. The army selected the 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320 as the M17’s basis. The contract also allows the government to buy Sig Sauer's proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket and XM1153 Special Purpose ammunition and training rounds.

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