Sig Sauer to sell limited run of M17 pistols on civilian market
By Chris Eger
The MH17/18 system as fielded by the Army. The platform is produced by Sig Sauer, the winner this year of the Modular Handgun System contract (Photo: U.S. Army)
The company intends to make a small quantity of the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract winning design available to the public.
Each of the M17 pistols sold to the public will be — almost — identical to the one the Army is currently fielding, lacking the anti-tamper mechanism for the striker action and some special coatings on internal parts, Military.com reported. They will, however, come with a letter of authenticity and a serialized matching challenge coin.
“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, told Military.com. “The timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.”
Taylor said a price has not been set but that they wanted to make the small batch commercial run “really special.”
Though based on the P320 series of modular handguns, both Sig and the military have stressed that the full-sized M17 and its little brother, the compact M18, are not the same animal as their civilian predecessor.