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Meets the US Army’s new gun

Sig Sauer XM17 (Sig Sauer)

In future battles, the U.S. soldiers have a new gun for personal protection. The Army of the new gun may see more action than the previous, thanks to a design that has a great potential for offensive purposes, such as close quarter combat.

The Army has begun the deployment of the first Sig Sauer XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms.

The Sig Sauer 9mm XM17, and the more compact version XM18, replacing the M9 as the Army’s service pistol.

This is the first change in about three decades since Beretta’s M9 was first introduced as the Army were in the Cold War back in 1986.

In the next 10 years, the Army divides the new pistols to all Army units.

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Cut to the chase…what is better about this new weapon? Fans of the new weapon citing factors such as better accuracy and tighter dispersion that will improve soldiers’ lethality. It is also to be commended for its easy-to-use, as well as a more comfortable and efficient. Read on for more details …

So what is this new weapon?

The XM17 and XM18 are variants of the Sig-Sauer is available to the public P320 pistol.

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The compact XM18 could be carried out in a hidden holster.

First revealed back in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker fired gun that was developed as a service pistol. It is modular, with interchangeable grip modules. The user can customize, the size and the frame size.

The P320 has a number of useful features for law enforcement and military purposes. The trigger has a short pull and reset. It can also be disassembled without manipulating the trigger and without using any tools. And it was designed to fit a wide range of hands.

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The military variants have a different paintjob. The Army also has various magazine requirements. Soldiers can make use of both the standard and extended capacity magazines.

Both pistols can be fitted with the suppressors. To attach lasers and lights, there is an integrated MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail.

There is also a self-illuminating night sights for optimum combat effectiveness in difficult lighting conditions.

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What is the XM17 advantage?

One of the primary goals in the shift has been to the soldiers with improved performance, together with a better durability and adaptability.

Feedback during the whole process is that it performed very well and reliably on the range.

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The XM17 is a easy to shoot, simple gun with virtually no resistance on the trigger.

In combat conditions, is expected to give Soldiers more options. Once fired, the new gun makes it easy to quickly aim again and shoot accurately.

And the XM17 and XM18 have excellent potential for close-quarter combat.

More soldiers receive weapons

Another important development is that the younger soldiers will be able to get their hands on this new gun. The Army will issue these new gun down leaders and team leaders.

Earlier, junior leaders were barred from wearing the M9s. This new policy is expected to apply to all army units receiving the XM17.

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As a result, a new training will likely be developed focusing on skills, such as the shift from the M4 to the gun and vice versa.

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They are all in the soldiers hands?

The Army has begun rolling them out. Be the lucky first to receive them? The historic 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Approximately 2,000 XM17 and XM18 pistols had come to them in the past month.

The military plans of the issuance of the XM17s to three units at the end of the year with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, Texas, the following.

And the rest of the Army? The next ten years, the Army plans to buy 195,000 pistols and distribute them to all units.

Test

Nothing is more important than the opinion of the soldiers that will appeal to the new weapons.

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The Army of the testing was expanded for the new gun was selected. Committed to the goal of ensuring the best gun was selected for the soldiers in the future Army, a team traveled to various testing sites throughout the country.

Fort Bragg is an excellent reach were used for the testing of the gun in realistic conditions. Different scenarios were used, such as the testing of the new Sig while in cold weather gear.

In addition to the Army, the test was carried out by the military and sailors, airmen and Marines to participate. Different specialisations were also involved pilots, crew chiefs, and infantry introduction of the new weapons through their paces and giving feedback.

The Intense competition for selection

The Army launched the competition to replace the M9 back in 2015.

It was a nerve-wracking battle between a number of the world’s best gun makers Beretta usa, Glock, Inc. and FN America, all competing in addition to Sig Sauer.

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In the end it was the Sig Sauer won the deal for the New Modular Handgun System (MHS), which is worth approximately $580 million.

In January of this year, the Army announced that the XM17 was chosen as the new service pistol.

Other services have also made use of the XM17 and XM18. The air force is scheduled to buy 130,000, the Navy plans to buy 61,000 and the marine Corps plans to buy 35,000.

On the shelves now

Looking for a new primary carry gun? Or for a gift for the holidays? In terms of civilians, the Army of the variant is not publicly available, but the base model, the P320 is available in 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. It sells for approximately $713.

Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.

 

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