Army Switches to SIG pistol

sig 320

The U.S. Army has announced that after 6 years of trials for 9 different handguns, they are choosing the modular striker fired SIG Sauer P320 to replace the 30 year old Beretta M9. The moniker that will be attached to the military version is”M17″, denoting the year it was adopted into service.

The SIG is revolutionary in that it is an interchangeable system of barrels, frames, and slides that revolve around a single trigger housing module. That trigger housing is the actual legally defined firearm.

For our army men, the fiberglass-reinforced polymer frames will come in 3 different sizes for the diverse hands out there (small, medium, and large), as well as frames for 2 different length barrels (full-size and compact) . If I’m not mistaken, 3 x 2 is 6. Have fun armorers.

The 320 pictured above is the compact commercial version which has a 3.9 inch barrel. The army will purchase the compact version along with the full-size, version which has a 4.7 inch barrel.

One difference between the current commercial version and the model(s) that the army will buy is an ambidextrous safety catch. The one pictured above has no safety.

Another interesting little facet is the fact that the caliber of barrel can be changed out in each pistol. The commercial versions currently offer barrels chambered in 9mm, .40S&W, and .357 SIG. Publications are now saying .45 ACP will be added for the M17.

Our servicemen have been voicing their opinion on the 9mm’s stopping power for awhile now. Hopefully the different caliber options will address some of that. I would imagine the 9mm will be the initial way they go, but with a modular system like this, they can change any time they want.

I actually looked at this gun for myself when it first came out. It is a great idea considering that the trigger assembly is the only thing that I would be given a background check for. The problem was, when I started to look at the overall price, I couldn’t  justify the cost (it’s still a SIG). That being said, the fact that the government will be buying a butt-load of these, and that they are reporting the individual unit cost at $207, makes it much different.

I give the Army a thumbs up for this choice.

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Tactical Christmas Stocking

stocking

Here’s a cool gift from my wife. A tactical Christmas stocking. She got it online from nationalparksdepot.us . They fill it with a bunch of cool stuff and send it off to you. $33 plus $5 shipping. Not bad. the camo stocking itself features MOLLE attachments, clips, a velcro area for patches, and a pouch. Included inside the stocking are: a wire saw, spring assist knife, a metal and flint fire starter (with lighter fluid and wick), emergency whistle, para chord bracelet, lensatic compass, emergency Mylar blanket, tactical flashlight (with focusing lens), and a little multi-tool that is the size of a credit card. If you are interested in getting this for someone (or yourself) for next Christmas, there is a months long waiting list. Follow the National Parks Depot company on Facebook, and they can get you hooked up.

Lineup

lineup

I thought this would be a fun picture. I grabbed different types of empty brass that I had lying around and lined them up in ascending order. They include from left to right: .22 LR, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .45 Long Colt, .50 AE, .500 S&W.

The last (furthest to right) is the bottom section of a 30 x 173 mm fired from the GAU8 Gatling style cannon. This is the round used in the A-10 Warthog tank killer. Given to me as a gift, it apparently was coated in a lacquer, artistically painted upon, and intended to be used as a shot glass. Considering that this particular round fired depleted uranium projectiles at a velocity of somewhere around 3,300 ft/second and at a rate of 3,900 rounds per minute, it’s no wonder they called the A-10 a tank killer.

 

Reloads from Dad

reloads - hollowpoints

Look what I got today. Every once in awhile Dad will send me some reloads. No, he didn’t mail or ship them. We have this mutual arrangement. I give him spent brass (of many types). He gives me some reloaded rounds. Today’s batch are .40 S&W hollow points. Thanks Dad.

Happy Father’s Day Present

glock mug and cup

My wife and daughter gave me a Glock coffee mug and travel cup today for a Father’s Day present. Sweet.