The M17 & M18 Pistol
In January 2017, it was announced that the Sig Sauer P320 won the combat pistol trials and would be adopted as the new sidearm for the US Army. The Navy, Marines, and Air Force soon followed suit. It has been determined that in the next decade all M9, M45A1, and M007 pistols in use by the armed force will be phased out and replaced by the M17.
The Sig Sauer P320 is a modular handgun platform. This easily allows for changes in grip size, barrel length, and slide length with very little effort. The full size pistol will be designated the M17, with compact variants being named the M18. With this modular "one size fits all" system, it is far easier to equip the pistol to military personnel.
The M17 is a striker fired design, is chambered in 9mm, and can hold up to 17 rounds of ammunition depending on the magazine being used. It is being issued in a tan finish, though a black finish is available as well. Some of the other features required by the XM17 competition included:
- Ability to attach a reflex sight
- Manual ambidextrous safety
- Loaded chamber indicator
The first M17 pistols were issued to the US Army 101st Airborne unit. Shooters have stated that the M17 shoots easier and more accurately than the old M9s, but time will tell how this new pistol holds up in the field.