When SIG SAUER first won its contract to arm the American military with its M17 pistol almost exactly two years ago, it was big news–but don’t take that to mean anyone was surprised. Everyone knew the M17, based on the SIG P320 platform, was going to be a winner with the troops…and has it ever been. Today, we’ve learned that SIG is bringing authentic M17 Military Surplus pistols to the civilian market, and they’re shipping to dealers now. SIG informs us that this is a limited-availability offering, and that the condition (and individual pricing) of the handguns will vary based on field use.
The success of the SIG M17 proves the ways in which the Second Amendment and American firearms culture have enriched our military’s effectiveness. The P320 platform was originally designed for the use of regular armed citizens, then modified and made available to the military. Now those military guns are coming full-circle right back home to the civilians whose desires for a striker-fired handgun helped hone the M17.
The M17 Military Surplus handguns were manufactured under contract with the U.S. Army according to the original specifications of the Modular Handgun System (MHS). The M17 Surplus is a 9mm striker-fired semi-automatic, featuring a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide, coyote-tan controls, and a coyote-tan medium carry grip module with U.S. Government slide markings and serial numbers.
The handguns come equipped with SIGLITE sights (orange rear and green front), removable night sight rear plates, and the same optic cut as specified by the MHS contract. Should you wish to, you can fit a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1Pro Optic. The M17 features an ambidextrous manual safety, ships with (1) 17-round and (2) 21-round magazines, includes an official SIG SAUER M17 Certificate of Authenticity, and comes packed just as the handguns are delivered to the U.S. Military.
“The M17 Military Surplus handguns are a very special release from SIG SAUER, that gives consumers the opportunity to own a piece of history, and includes a certificate of authenticity,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “These handguns were originally issued by the U.S. Army and fielded during the initial domestic and in-theater deployment of the Modular Handgun System.”
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M17 Surplus Handgun Specs:
Overall Length: 8.0”
Overall Height: 5.5”
Overall Width: 1.6”
Barrel Length: 4.7”
Sight Radium: 6.6”
Weight (incl. magazine): 29.6 oz.
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