The Australian government last week announced a sweeping new series of small arms to equip the Australian Defense Force, with SIG Sauer winning big.
As part of the Australian military’s $500 million LAND 159 Lethality System Project, the new outlay includes contracts to supply new sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns, personal defense weapons, and fighting knives to the ADF.
Replacing the island continent’s long-serving Browning Hi-Power Mk3s– one of the last Commonwealth countries still using the venerable old 13-shot single-action classic– will be the SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro. It is not the first military contract the XCarry has pulled down, in 2018 Denmark chose the pistol to replace the Swiss-made SIG P210 single-stacks used in that Scandinavian country for more than 70 years.
The SIG Sauer P320 XCarry Pro has been selected as the Royal Australian Army’s platform for the Sidearm Weapon System, which will replace the venerable Browning Mk3 pistol. It will be complemented with SIG’s Romeo Elite reflex sights, and a SIG Foxtrot 2 white light illuminator. (Photo: Australian Defense Force)
And that’s just the beginning….
More in my column at Guns.com.
CJ Chivers found another instance of a DIY heavy sniper rifle. Ever since the days of the Boys Anti-Tank gun and Finn Lahti 20mm, armies have been on the lookout for high-caliber rifles that could assassinate soft-skinned vehicles and strait-up murder a building. These guns are proving popular on the modern battlefield as they are capable of harassing fire at long distances as well as putting important bits of kit such as commo and radar arrays out of business with a well-placed round.
Read more about this particular 14.5mm workshop build here