Sig Sauer to Offer Commercial Version of Army's New Sidearm

Military.com, 9 December 2017, By Matthew Cox

The U.S. Army’s full-size XM17 MHS. Sig Sauer plans to sell a version of this pistol on the commercial market. (101st Airborne Division photo)

 

Sig Sauer, the maker of the U.S. Army's Modular Handgun System, intends to sell a special, commercial version of the full-size MHS 9mm pistol.

 

"We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market," Tom Taylor, Sig Sauer's chief marketing officer and executive vice president for commercial sales, told Military.com. "The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring."

 

The Army awarded Sig Sauer the MHS contract worth up to $580 million in January. The service launched its long-awaited MHS competition in late August 2015 to replace its Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol.

 

The selection of Sig Sauer formally ended Beretta's 30-year hold on the Army's sidearm market.

 

The 10-year agreement calls for Sig to supply the Army with full-size XM17 and compact XM18 versions of its 9mm pistol. The pistols will become the M17 and M18 after they are type-classified.

 

Each commercial MHS will be serialized and have serialized matching coin as well as a letter of authenticity from the CEO of Sig Sauer, Taylor said.

 

Sig Sauer would likely be able to sell more than 5,000 of these pistols, but Taylor said, "we just wanted to make it really special. ... And once they are out there, the owners will be privileged to own the actual gun."

 

The commercial version will be almost identical to the Army-issue, full-size MHS, except it will not have the anti-tamper mechanism for the striker action, nor will it have the special coatings on some of the internal parts that help it maintain lubricity under harsh conditions, Taylor said.

 

The Army MHS comes standard with a frame-mounted thumb safety. The commercial version will be available with or without the thumb safety, depending on customer preference, Taylor said.

 

Sig Sauer has not yet decided on a price tag for the endeavor.

 

"It's high in demand, but if we price it too high, they will say 'I really want it, but it is just too expensive.'"

 

In addition to Sig Sauer, Glock Inc. told a German publisher in August that it plans on selling its MHS variant on the commercial market as well.

 

Glock, FN America and Beretta USA, makers of the current M9 9mm pistol, all lost to Sig Sauer, but selling their versions of the MHS may allow them to recoup the money they invested in the high-profile endeavor.

 

Richard Flur, head of international sales for Glock GmbH, based in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, told Stephan Dorler, managing director of European Security and Defence, a publication based in Bonn, Germany, about Glock's plans to sell its version of MHS on the commercial market.

 

A Glock official in the U.S. said, however, there is no timeline yet for such a plan.

 

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Volunteers Share Holiday Spirit With Fallen Veterans Through Wreaths

news9.com,  Macomb, Oklahoma

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Dozens of volunteers rolled through Oklahoma spreading the holiday spirit to those who served our country and lost their lives. Christmas wreaths were laid across America Saturday at the graves of veterans who are no longer with us.

“I know their spirits feel me,” said Ralph “Rowdy” Butler, who started Oklahoma’s Roll To Wreaths in 2014 after seeing the national effort to remember the fallen.

Christmas wreaths were laid across America Saturday at the graves of veterans who are no longer with us. Dozens of volunteers rolled through Oklahoma spreading the holiday spirit to those who served our country and lost their lives.

About 5,400 out of 1,570,000 wreaths made their way to the final resting places of local veterans this year.

“I know their spirits feel me,” said Ralph “Rowdy” Butler, who started Oklahoma’s Roll To Wreaths in 2014 after seeing the national effort to remember the fallen.

Fundraising has helped Butler grow the program annually, but there are still Oklahoman service members whose graves remain untouched. The volunteers do their best to send their thoughts to them.

Living veterans like Silver Star recipient William “Pete” Piazza often think of their fallen comrades.

“I miss them, truthfully,” he said.

Piazza lost four of his friends during the Vietnam War.

“We worked together as a group as a team, as any of the units did that were in Vietnam,” he said, “and the camaraderie, you will not find it nowhere else.”

Piazza said most civilians get so busy they forget to take a moment to reflect on the men and women who fight to protect our country.

Butler, who served in both the Army and the Air Force, admits those fighters do not sign up for the accolades, though.

“When that flag is flying I know I’ve got my freedom,” Butler said, “and the price that we pay is unconditional. We don’t want nothing in return. We never asked for anything in return.”

For Christmas, at least, the fallen can rest in peace in the spirit of the season.

“Their shadow, their silhouette, is looking back at me and saying thank you,” said Butler.

The wreaths will remain at the gravesites of veterans through the New Year. To learn more about the Roll to Wreaths project go to: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

SF Colonels Selected for Group/Wing Commands

Congratulations to the following SF Colonels who were selected for their group or wing commands. Well done Colonels and enjoy your command!

Col Thomas P. Sherman, Commander, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

 

Col Benito J. Barron, Commander, 820th Base Defense Group, Moody AFB, GA

 

Col Phillip G. Born, Vice Commander, 37th Training Wing, JBSA Lackland AFB, TX

 

Col Theodore A. Breuker, Commander, 377th Security Forces Group, Kirtland AFB, NM

 

Col Jeffrey F. Carter, Commander, 502th Security Forces/Logistics Support Group, JBSA Randolph AFB, TX

 

Col Shawn C. Covault, Commander, 51st Mission Support Group, Osan AB, ROK

 

Col Joseph A. Engelbrecht III, Commander, 11th Security Forces Group, JB Andrews, AFB MD

 

Col Brian A. Filler, Vice Commander, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik AB, Turkey

 

Col Chad A. Gallagher, Commander, 91st Security Forces Group, Minot AFB, ND

 

Col Jeffrey A. Hollman, Commander, 412th Mission Support Group, Edwards AFB, CA

 

Col Paul R. Quigley, Commander, 39th Weapons System Security Group, Incirlik AB, Turkey

 

The Newest SF Chiefs!!!!

Congratulations to the following Senior Master Sergeants for their selection to Chief Master Sergeant! Well done Defenders. AFSFA is proud of you.

AKERS, KEVIN L.

ALLEGREZZA, JAMES A.

ARTEAGA, ROBERTO A.

BLACKWELL, JEROME L.

BROUGHMAN, KENNETH

CROCKETT, JUSTIN J.

DICKEY, RICK E.

DIEHL, MARK A.

DURRELL, LAWRENCE D.

ELLIS, CLINTON J.

ERB, KYLE J.

FEST, THEODORE L.

FLANAGAIN, CHARLES

FONTAINE, TESSA M.

GRODER, MICHAEL R.

HOLTZMANN, PATRICK

KENNEDY, JONATHAN M.

KORCHAKCAMPBELL, KR

MCCOY, BRADY L.

MCNELLEY, REBECCA F.

MOODY, JEFFREY S.

NOETHLICH, BRIAN C.

PEASE, MATTHEW A.

RAYMUNDO, RUSSEL Q.

REGAN, CLAYTON

SHAFFER, JASON Q.

SIMPSON, ROBERT S. J.

SMALL, MICAH J.

STEHLEY, DENNIS J. J.

WILFONG, JAMES M.

WOLFGANG, BRANDON M.

WRIGHT, CHRISTOPHER

 

Army Prepares to Sell Up to 10,000 Surplus 1911 Pistols ... Here’s How You Get One

By: Todd South, Army Times, 4 December 2017

Marine Cpl. Justin Morrall fires a 1911 M45A1 pistol at Susong Ri live fire range, Republic of Korea. The Army will soon transfer up to 10,000 surplus 1911s to the Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to qualified civilians. (Lance Cpl. Bernadette Wildes/Marine Corps)

With the stroke of a pen, as many as 10,000 Army surplus 1911A1 pistols could be available for sale to the public early next year. 

A provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act explicitly orders the sale of between 8,000 and 10,000 of the venerable .45 caliber pistols. The 1911 has a storied history, and it influenced handgun design for more than a century.

Having seen service in every war since World War I, the gun is a favorite among collectors and civilian shooters, many of whom modify variants of the 1911 for competitive shooting.

The iconic sidearm has been featured in films ranging from 1930s detective dramas — “Bullets or Ballots” starring Humphrey Bogart is one example — to a nickel-plated version with pearl grips carried by John Travolta’s character in the 1994 hit “Pulp Fiction.”

In military movies, Sam Elliot carried the 1911 handgun while portraying famed Army Command Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley in “We Were Soldiers,” a film depicting the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang and the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry Regiment during the Vietnam War.

Once the approved, the surplus 1911s will be sold through the Civilian Marksmanship Program http://thecmp.org/

The CMP is a nonprofit organization that educates people on responsible firearms use and conducts marksmanship competitions nationwide. It is a recipient of military surplus firearms for sales to support its mission. 

The NDAA awaits President Donald Trump’s approval before the transfer can take place. The rollout wouldn’t take place all at once, with the weapons set to transfer to the CMP from 2018 through 2020.

The CMP sells another piece of U.S. military history, the M1 Garand, a .30 caliber rifle that was used in World War II, Korea and initially in Vietnam before being replaced by the M16 service rifle.

The 1911A1 was replaced as the Army’s official sidearm in 1986, when the service fielded the M9 Beretta 9 mm pistol.

That handgun is now in the process of being replaced by the Modular Handgun System, which includes the M17 and a compact M18, which are military versions of the Sig Sauer P320 9 mm handgun.

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