With the Army’s Modular Handgun System contract now firmly in the hands of Sig Sauer, images of Glock’s entry for the M17 and M18 pistol have emerged and they have a number of differences from their standard offerings.
These include a lanyard ring at the bottom of the grip, black ambi surface controls, a lack of finger grooves, a manual thumb safety, extended mags, and a flat dark earth finish. The models offered outwardly seem like otherwise variants of the Gen 4 G19 in 9mm and G23 in .40S&W. Not pictured are threaded barrels, a contract requirement, or ammunition, which was provided by Federal.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday released the detailed decision on a contract protest by Glock over the Army’s selection for the Modular Handgun System contract.
The 17-page decision chronicled the Army’s efforts between August 2015 and August 2016 when the field of nine proposals from five companies was reduced to an offering by Glock and another, ultimately winning bid, by Sig Sauer. The difference between the two bids was a staggering $100 million.
In the end, Sig quoted $169.5 million for up to 550,000 M17/18 handgun systems, or just $308 per pistol, which is a deal when you take into account the amount of spare parts, mags, cleaning kits, and cases that are included.
Glock on the other hand was a lot higher.
In May I had a chance to take part in the Third Annual American Suppressor Association Media Day at Knob Creek and got to visit with that great tactical honey badger, Sig’s (formerly AACs) Mr. John Hollister himself and take a look at their SRD762Ti can.
It’s a pretty interesting Grade 5 Titanium direct thread silencer design with 5/8″-24tpi threads (or a QD version) to match the muzzles of a lot of common .30 caliber rifles on the market today. Rated to provide 135 dB suppression for up to 300 Win Mag it will take everything smaller in diameter ( .204 Ruger, .223/5.56x45mm, 5.45x39mm, 7.62x39mm, 7.62×35 (300 Blackout), 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.8 Spc, et.al) as well though dB mileage varies with ammo as with any suppressed offering.
The taper of the back end is actually the back of the blast chamber and there is no outer sleeve (yup, its technically tubeless) allowing for a lot of volume to dissipate the gas.
I really dug kicking the tires on the can and it makes a heck of a difference, even moderating the high “tone” that you get when shooting high-powered rifles in a suppressor. I hope to get one to review for Guns.com in coming weeks.
Of course it’s $1K MSRP, so there is that…
For generations one of the most popular hobbies and sports for the modern gentleman is that of target shooting with rimfire handguns. Practiced by kings, Olympians, and sportsmen, the controlled act of punching holes in paper and tin has developed from the days of clunky pistols to the thoroughly modern handguns of today.
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One of the choices offered to the discerning Sig Sauer pistol owner for the past several years has been the ubiquitous Double Action Kellerman, or DAK system. The thing is, many have no idea what it is, why it is, or what it does. With that being said, let’s look at the good old DAK and see what questions we can answer.
Around 2004 SIG perfected a trigger system that was the design of one Harald Kellermann of Eckernförde, Germany, home to J.P. Sauer, the Teutonic home away from home of the Swiss-based company. This trigger system, to put it country simple, is like that of a double action only revolver, but with a few changes. When you pull it, the company’s specs advise that you get a full-time and constant 6.5-pound trigger squeeze and two reset points, one short, and one full-length. This allows the shooter to grow accustomed to the same trigger squeeze each time such as on a striker-fired gun like a Glock or X D without sacrificing the benefits of a hammer-fired gun.
But why would you want it? Read the rest in my column at University of Guns
In the world of domestic law enforcement, some of the largest and best-respected departments in the country are those of the state police and highway patrols. It only makes sense that the firearms they carry and use tend to be the subject of attention by not only other agencies seeking to cut to the chase, but also by civilian shooters looking for proven self-defense guns. Well, in the past month no less than three states have gone SIG.
Sig Sauer has carved out a loyal following around the world from Navy Seals to suburban homemakers with their classic pistols. However, one gun that has long been missing from this lineup is a true subcompact. Well SIG fixed that with the P224.
Swiss arms powerhouse Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG), with a history going back to the 1860s, cooked up their revolutionary “Pistole 75” in 1975 (hence the designation) for military and police sales. This, now classic, design is known as the P220 and it launched what was to become possibly the most admired family of combat handguns in use over the past forty years. With German firearms legend J.P. Sauer & Sohn providing overseas sales due to Swiss neutrality laws, the P220, and 226 was soon adopted by military and security forces around the globe. Heck the 226 only narrowly missed being the standard issue U.S. military sidearm, losing out to the Beretta 92F in 1984 over a bid price of a few dollars.
Today the slightly more compact 229 is a hit with law enforcement ranging from the U.S. Coast Guard and Secret Service to your local beat cops. All of these guns share the same overall internal design features of their Pistol 75 grandfather, giving the whole family tree and instant familiarity to those who have ever used one.
With a lineage like this to stand on, the only thing that SIG needed to complete the portrait is a subcompact model, which begat the P224.
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