The Sig Sauer M17 handgun, designed to replace the M9 Beretta in the U.S. Army.
The Sig Sauer M17 handgun, designed to replace the M9 Beretta in the U.S. Army.

Atlantic Diving Supply Awarded $14 Million Contract for SIG Sauer M17 and M18 Pistol Holster Assemblies

Atlantic Diving Supply Inc., Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $14,809,518 firm-fixed-price, contract for SIG Sauer M17 and M18 military service pistol holster assemblies. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1), as stated in Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. Location of performance is Virginia, with a July 14, 2024, performance completion date. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2021 through 2024 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.

The SIG Sauer M17 and M18 are service pistols used by the United States Armed Forces. On January 19, 2017, the United States Army announced that the SIG Sauer P320 MHS variant had won the military’s Modular Handgun System trials. The P320 is known as the M17 (Full-Size) and M18 (Carry) in U.S. military service. Though the pistol will remain chambered in 9 x 19mm NATO rather than a larger caliber, the contract allows the Army and other services to procure SIG Sauer’s proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket and XM1153 Special Purpose ammunition.

The Sig Sauer M17 (Full-Size) or Modular Handgun System replaces the M9 pistol, the standard U.S. Army sidearm since 1986.

In May 2017, the Army announced that the first unit that will receive the M17 would be the 101st Airborne Division by the end of the year. At the same time, the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces revealed they also intend to acquire the handgun, making it the standard sidearm for the entire U.S. military. The services plan to procure up to 421,000 weapons in total; 195,000 for the Army, 130,000 for the Air Force, 61,000 for the Navy (M18 compact version only), and 35,000 for the Marines.

The U.S. Marine Corps is replacing its M9, M9A1, M45A1, and M007 handguns with the SIG Sauer M18 handguns. The M9 and M9A1 were produced by Beretta while the M45A1 was made by Colt and the M007, which was only recently accepted as a variant, is made by Glock. Although it was initially announced that the U.S. Coast Guard would adopt the M17/18 handgun, the agency announced in September 2020 that they would acquire Glock 19 handguns through a DHS procurement. In November 2019, SIG Sauer announced the delivery of the 100,000th M17/M18 handgun to the U.S. military.

The Sig Sauer M18 (Carry) pistol provides improved trigger pull, tritium night sights, larger ammo capacity, weapon reliability and durability to strengthen shooter lethality.