On the day it was announced that the U.S. Army had awarded its multi-million dollar Modular Handgun System contract to Sig Sauer, there was no gloating among the Sig team staffing the booth.
Instead, several staffers quietly told us they were honored to be chosen.
The competition was fierce. The contract could be worth up to $580 million.
Most observers, myself included, assumed it would be awarded to Glock, since the Austrian firm already had so many inroads with the Army’s Special Operations Community. Also, Glock owns the law enforcement community.
Instead, Big Green went with Sig Sauer’s P320 series — a handgun system that already redefined “modular.”
The Sig Sauer staffers we talked to at SHOT Show had heard the news yesterday.
One described the new contract as “daunting.”
Here’s the official press release:
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.”