Goodbye Beretta, hello SIG SAUER. As Army Times reports, the US Army has chosen SIG SAUER’s version of the modular handgun system as the winner in a years-long competition.
The Modular Handgun System program was designed to find a single handgun that could fill all of the Army’s different missions, from full size combat handguns to compact handguns for undercover and police work. The goal was a single handgun system that would reduce overhead for spare parts and allow for better unified training within the ranks.
Sig Sauer beat out Smith & Wesson, Beretta and Glock for the contract worth up to $580 million, which includes firearms, accessories and ammunition.
Smith & Wesson entered a slightly upgraded M&P for the competition, Beretta designed a new pistol called the APX (as well as an upgraded version of their 92FS), and GLOCK went down to Gander Mountain, grabbed a G17 off the shelf, and slid it under the door with a crisp clean $100 bill. Okay, that last part might not be completely accurate.
While handguns were part of the competition, it also included ammunition and suppressors. The military really just wanted a single source where they could buy a complete package, and SIG SAUER’s evolution into a complete package provider with silencer, optics, and ammunition manufacturing in-house filled the bill.
The process of selecting a new handgun proceeded with all the speed and efficiency you’ve come to expect from the government procurement process.
The Army first announced the competition for the MHS back in 2011, but multiple delays left the most recent solicitation deadline at February of 2016.
Congrats to SIG.