In a surprising development, Sig has won the United States Army’s modular handgun system trails. They are the only company that actually listened to what the army wanted and they deserved to win.

Sig Sauer Inc., Newington, New Hampshire, was awarded a $580,217,000 firm-fixed-price contract for the Modular Handgun System including handgun, accessories and ammunition to replace the current M9 handgun. Bids were solicited via the Internet with nine received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 19, 2027. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-17-D-0016).

What makes the Sig P320 modular is that the fire control group is the part that is serialized and can be dropped into various sized slides and frames.

The fire control unit comes out and can be put on a new barrel, slide and grip frame module –Sig calls this assortment of replacable parts a “Caliber X-Change kit” and it currently costs almost as much as the complete firearm. They premiered this design philosophy with the P250, a DAO hammer fired handgun which had rollout issues with light primer strikes and a smooth but extremely long trigger pull which really turned people off.

I would have been surprised if they didn’t get the contract, honestly. Seems like the the US stacked the deck in their favor, just like they did for the Italians many years ago. The P320 is literally the definition of the MHS.

If it somehow leads to more even competition between SIG and Glock (or the other big guys) in the civilian market, then all the better for us consumers.