SIG Sauer won the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition last year, with a modified P320. There was an enormous amount of activity at the SIG Sauer booth during the 2017 SHOT Show, and then the announcement was made of their selection. Interestingly, other than announcing their win with a modified P320, SIG Sauer officials were still fairly hush-hush at the time concerning details. Civilian interest in the M17 was immediate, and now SIG Sauer has responded to the demand. The U.S. Army version has been designated the M17. SIG Sauer is now offering the M17 to the civilian market, a move that will likely garner the company a significant amount of additional revenue. History has shown the U.S. Army’s selected handgun gains wide support from American shooters.
The venerable Model 1911 is still popular today, and in fact is experiencing a renewed rise in popularity and technological advancements. The Beretta M9 (Model 92) became wildly popular after the U.S. Army selection (and perhaps the movie Lethal Weapon as well). Now, the SIG Sauer M17 (P320) will likely experience that same surge in popularity, and delivering almost the exact U.S. Army firearm to the civilian market is a wise move by SIG Sauer.