The news about Sig’s P320 winning the military handgun contract has distracted us from some very interesting details in the Modular Handgun Program. Spoiler alert: It calls for hollow point ammunition .
According to Jane’s “The US Army has confirmed that its new XM17 handgun is to be a 9mm Sig Sauer model P320 and the contract allows the government to buy Sig Sauer’s proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and XM1153 Special Purpose (SP) ammunition and training rounds.”
Sig has been very careful in what they say about the contract. In their official press release, they did not mention the caliber of the XM-17, except to mention it could change.
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.”