Last Friday, the U.S. Army announced its proposed roll out plan for the XM17Modular Handgun System (MHS).
The first 2,000 guns will go to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The remaining units will see their Beretta M9s replaced over the next 10 years.
The US Army’s purchased two Sig Sauer P320 variants, designated XM17 and XM18, awarding Sig Sauer a contested $580 million contract in January 2017. The new pistol features a number of improvements that addressed some of the more ubiquitous complaints. One problem, that appears to be a hot button, is the M9’s external safety which could accidentally be engaged when racking the slide. Ergonomic improvements as well as durability and a self-illuminating sight all won the day for Sig.
Although the XM17 and XM18 support caliber conversion, using SIG’s CALIBER X-CHANGE KIT, the Army will continue to use the 9mm rounds.