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US Army is buying more SIG Sauer rifles, handguns

SIG Sauer SP2022 (Augustas Didžgalvis/Wikipedia)
July 23, 2018

The U.S. Army Contracting Command – New Jersey posted a notice earlier in July of its intentions to purchase SIG Sauer SP2022, 716 G2, MPX and MCX firearms and accessories.

The five-year, indefinite quantity contract, at a fixed price for its duration, was made on behalf of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Product Manager Crew Served Weapons (PMCSW) and several other programs.

How many of each gun that will be ordered will vary, Shooting Illustrated reported last week.

It is anticipated that between one and 100 MCXs could be purchased, but SP2022 numbers could run as high as 5,000 under the agreement.

The deal also includes as many as 100 SRD9 suppressors and their accessories.

Specific firearm versions included are the 716 G2, which is chambered in 7.62 NATO, gas-operated and piston-driven.

Magazine capacity is 20 rounds, and up to 500 of the guns can be ordered under the contract’s terms.

The MCX models ordered will all have 9-inch barrels.

No chambering was listed in the posting, but the company’s models include versions that digest 5.56 NATO and .300 BLK.

As many as 1,000 4.5-inch barreled MPXs are included in the deal.

They will all have a 9 mm chambering, and magazine capacity in the handgun is 30 rounds.

As many as 5,000 SP2022s could be purchased, all of them with “standard sights.”

Magazine capacity in the government contract indicates a 15-round-capacity magazine, though the models ordered are in 9 mm and will be used with standard military sidearm loads.