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Sig Sauer came correct with pricing for Army MHS contract

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.

The M17 comes in a full size (with extended mag) variant and a more compact model, below, to replace both the M9 and M11

Glock on the other hand was a lot higher.

More in my column at Guns.com

SIG Out-Glocks Glock to get Army Modular Handgun System contract

After the 7-year pistol search was brought up no less than 4 times during the recent confirmation hearings, the Army awards Sig a contract for $580 million for the XM17 (an FDE SIG Sauer P320 in two different configurations with a thumb safety).

A total of nine bids were submitted, including from Beretta, FN Herstal, Glock, Smith & Wesson and their partner General Dynamics Ordnance Tactical Systems (GDOTS), according to a separate Pentagon statement. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity


From SIG:

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

IPSC World Champion Max Michel set a Guinness World Record last week, splashing six plate targets from the draw in less than 2.5 seconds with a SIG P320RX. Granted, it’s a supped up gun in the hands of a world master, but still..

Of course, a lot of people are butthurt that Glock wasn’t chosen, as many G19s are in U.S. military use already.

“Do you mean to tell me that the DOD just spent $580M on a pistol that has barely been on the market for three years? A gun that will be carried by US soldiers for at least a decade, more likely two or three, that has only been issued to a handful of law enforcement agencies in the United States? (Love ya Hooksett, NH Police!)” reads TFB.

Ruger drops new American pistol in 9mm and .45ACP

Sturm, Ruger this week announced a new polymer-framed double stack 9mm that is poised to give most of the “combat” handguns on the market some serious competition.

Ruger’s polymer evolution

Back in 1996, Ruger revamped their P85/89 line by trading in the traditional frame of that gun for a new frame made of a fiberglass-reinforced polyurethane, based on Dow’s “Isoplast” formula. This new gun, the P95 managed to lower the price point (I picked up a new one at the time for $279) on the already affordable line to undercut the cost of the leading polymer 9mm guns of the time– Glock’s 17/19 series. The P95 was chunky but it was popular and you still see lots of them around. Heck, production didn’t end on these guns until 2013 when the last P95PR was made and the line was replaced by the more svelte and crowd-pleasing SR9 series.

When the SR9 came out, it was set to do what Ruger’s P85/89/95 has never really pulled off– being a large caliber pistol in a slim, ergonomic profile. Say what you want about the P85, it may have been reliable, inexpensive, and accurate, but it’s darn bulky. Well the SR9 fixed that, producing a striker fired combat handgun that still used a large capacity double stacked magazine (that held 17+1 rounds) whose overall width was just 1.18-inches. Now that’s slim, jack. Better yet, it tipped the scales at just 26.5 ounces.

Now, we have a new kid on the block that looks like a shadowy contender to the Army’s XM17 contract.

…The Ruger American Pistol

ruger american pistol

Read the rest in my column at Ruger Talk

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