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SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

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31 Responses to “SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)”

  1. Ahisa says:

    This is awesome news! One of the worst feelings I’ve had was test firing my POS M9 in Kuwait prior to crossing the berm, damn thing kept jamming! Hopefully it’s issued in a 40 cal or 45!

    • Gerard says:

      Its going to be issued in 9mm. As long as the ammo issued is good it’ll be effective. Even the FBI is adopting the Glock in 9mm

  2. Keld says:

    We (Denmark) are also looking at getting a new pistol for our armed forces, replacing mainly the SIG P210. It will be interesting to follow what happens with our procurement now.

    • reverend says:

      It would be very cool for your old SIG P210’s to cross the pond for our commercial market. Just sayin’. :-)

    • Hjalte says:

      As an officer in the RDA, I can tell you we replacing the M/49 Neuhausen (SIG P210) with the USP9 SD (HK USP), which is already in service.

  3. some other joe says:

    Now come the awards appeals.

    (So we can finally start issuing in ~8 years and have the whole thing complete 2 years after that, natch.)

    • DAN III says:

      sojoe,

      Appeals ? Rightfully so. Then again you’re happy your Jockeys are made in Pakistan or communist Vietnam , correct joe ?

      • some other joe says:

        ????

        How does SIG making guns in the US equate to your Jockeys (I wear Hanes) from communism-abandoning Vietnam?

        Everyone appeals losing a major program contract because they mean big money that keeps the company afloat for years. And at best, if you win the appeal, you just negate the contract. Then everything starts over again (new MHS tender, new trials, new selection process, etc.) and Joe doesn’t get anything. I was asking the smart ass question of whether the 10 year timeline factored in the appeals process.

  4. DAN III says:

    Whatever happened to “Buy American” ?

    You globalists cheer on this procurement like it’s a good thing. Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Colt be damned, correct ? Screw your fellow Americans and American corporations. As fedgov props up foreign companies with our tax dollars, domestic companies and the American pride that goes with those companies will fade away. As will the nation. Open borders, right guys ? Nobody does it better than a foreigner.

    This contract, like the Beretta contract, is nothing more than foreign aid in disguise. One more nail in the coffin of “The Arsenal of Democracy”.

    • some other joe says:

      “All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.” I thought the major criticism of SIG USA was that they weren’t really Swiss guns anymore? I guess fleeing an oppressive government that regularly raids your offices with SWAT teams based on pictures in foreign newspapers to set up shop here just isn’t American anymore.

    • hooper says:

      um sig is owned by an american company IIRC.

      • PPGMD says:

        Though SIG pretty much makes everything in the US (exception being a small operation left in Germany for the European market) they are still owned by a pair of Germans.

        • DangerMouse says:

          Right, but it still means American jobs. And as far as I know, the P320 was a purely American Sig design, wasn’t it?

    • John says:

      Tin hat on tight today?

    • Steak TarTar says:

      lol hey guys look DAN III is back!

    • tcba_joe says:

      A weapon developed by an entirely American development and testing staff, built in an American HQ manufacturing plant on American soil by an American manufacturing staff… by a company with merely a foreign name headquartered in America that is working to entirely consolidate it’s legacy foreign made products to it’s American manufacturing facility… with it’s products stamped “Made in Newington, NH” (you know, part of America)…

      Is somehow participating in a foreign welfare project?

      • Rob says:

        Spot on.

        Sig Sauer is pretty much as American as it gets these days. They are foreign in name only. Much more American then that Chevy you climb into every morning.

        I get a good laugh when people say “German engineering” in reference to a modern Sig product.

    • Joe says:

      And S&W, Ruger, and Colt all suck. Welcome to the world of capitalism.

    • Willis Bee says:

      This was Barry Obama’s last shot at gun control…. awarded on his next to last day in office. I don’t know what to think until it gets issued to the masses. I do know, however, that several U.S. companies will benefit from the accessories, lasers, armorer / cleaning kits to be sold and needed.

  5. Chris U'5 says:

    I can’t believe a decision has been made!! I never thought I’d see this day…

  6. lysander6 says:

    Would have preferred G19 but this is a win for the consumer market b/c there will be a rush to buy these by the same folk who tend to buy whatever the mil acquires and gives some relief to pricing in the Glock market.

    I hope that SOCOM literally sticks to their guns.

    https://sofrep.com/53591/socom-adopts-glock-19-will-big-army-follow/

  7. Lee says:

    Love the fact it’s a Sig. Modular, just don’t see the need. Personally, I would’ve like to seen in 9mm. Either the SP2022 or even better MK25 version. Without anchor ofcourse.

  8. FormerDirtDart says:

    Someone please correct me if I am wrong. But the image used doesn’t seem to show either a “Full-Size” or “Compact” models of the P320. They both appear to be variants of the P320’s “Carry” size weapon. Top with a 4.6 in. barrel, bottom with a 3.9 in. barrel.

  9. ptmccain says:

    Congratulations to SIG…that is very big medicine for them. May God bless all those who are provided this weapon to use in defense of our nation.

  10. Mark G says:

    “The U.S. Army remains committed to the Modular Handgun System program despite high costs, low performance and heavy criticism.”

    GO ARMY!

  11. BobM says:

    Interested to see what the Marine Corps does with all of this.

  12. S Paculan says:

    What gun is pictured? Does the P320 have a safety? Is the serial number on the slide?