The U.S. Army selected Sig Sauer as the Army’s new sidearm, and ever since the news broke, rumors have been circulating that Sig will release a special, commercial version of the full-size MHS 9mm pistol.

Military.com reports that Tom Taylor, Sig Sauer’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president for commercial sales, had this to say of the companies plan:

“We are planning to do a limited release of about 5,000 of the Army variant of the M17 for the commercial market.” Taylor also went on to say, “the timing is not finalized yet, but it looks to be late spring.” 

Sig Sauer 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. 

In all likelihood, Sig wouldn’t have a lot of trouble selling more than 5,000 of these handguns, but Taylor “wants to make it really special . . . and once they are out there, the owners will be privileged to own the actual gun.”

There hasn’t been any word yet on what the MSRP will be for these special release handguns, but we’ll keep our nose to the ground for any details.

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