Sig Sauer Releases P320 M17 to Us Mere Mortals
2017 was a massive year for SIG, they introduced some new guns, fought for gun rights, and of course, won the Army MHS contest. The P320 is SIG’s polymer frame, striker fired, modular handguns. MHS stands for Modular Handgun System, and the SIG P320 is one of the most modular pistols on the market. Well after winning the Army contract the Air Force, Navy, and the United States Marine Corps have all announced their adoption of the newly crowned M17. Finally, Sig Sauer is releasing the M17 to the civilian market. Us mere mortals can now own almost the exact gun the armed forces will be carrying.
Sig Sauer is releasing three variants of the M17, each with different options. Every gun will feature an FDE slide and frame, as well as SIG lite night sights, a removable rear plate, and a Romeo1 optics cut. The rear plate will feature SIG night sights as well.
There will be a limited run of 5,000 of the P320 M17 handgun that will be equipped with US Government markings, FDE controls and will come with a two 21 round magazines and one 17 round magazine. There is also a certificate of authenticity and a challenge coin.
The other two models will differ only by the presence of a manual safety. The guns will each come with two 17 round magazines. These guns will also vary from the commemorative edition by featuring black controls. Earlier I said almost the exact weapon because the Army contract M17’s feature only FDE controls. A lot of people in the firearms industry want an identical gun, and it’s a bit ridiculous that only 5,000 guns will feature FDE controls.
This will create plenty of options for aftermarket FDE controls, as well as plenty of companies offering finish options to coat those controls. The price range for the non-commemorative models isn’t too high, which surprised me. MSRP will reportedly be in the mid $700s. The Commemorative edition will have an MSRP of $1,122.00.
SIG is also going to offer a special display case for the M17 models, and it looks to be aimed at the Commemorative editions with slots for the Challenge coin and the Certificate of Authenticity. The case also has a US Army logo, and perhaps we’ll see alternative options for the Armed Forces logo. As a Marine, my pride wouldn’t let me display that case in my home. Is it petty? Yes, but life isn’t fair.
SIG is talking about a release date for this summer, explicitly naming August 2018 as the release date. I’m hoping SIG gets them out a little faster than the P365.
Sig Sauer had this to say:
“It was truly an honor for Sig Sauer to be chosen as the U.S. Army’s choice with the M17. When the selection was announced, civilian interest in the pistol was immediate,” Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Sig Sauer, commented in a news release. “We are proud to bring this P320-M17 to the marketplace to meet the substantial civilian interest, and the high demand, to own the pistol the Army uses as well as the other branches of the U.S. Military.”
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