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Sig Sauer lets public have US military’s new M18 pistol in ‘nearly identical’ release

The civilian Sig Sauer P320-M18 is modeled on the M17/M18 Modular Handgun System MHS. (Sig Sauer photo/Released)
December 06, 2019

Firearm manufacturer Sig Sauer has produced a civilian version of the new M17 and M18 pistols being fielded by the U.S. military.

Sig Sauer’s civilian P320-M18 is configured “nearly identically to the U.S. military’s models,” according to press statement by the gun manufacturer. Sig Sauer announced the new civilian firearm Tuesday and is handgun is now available.

“Since the official selection of the M17 and M18 by the U.S. Army for the Modular Handgun System (MHS), we’ve seen significant civilian interest to own both variants of the handguns,” said Sig Sauer’s Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, Tom Taylor. “The P320-based M17 and M18 are among the most tested handguns in history and the pair has been proven to be unmatched in both accuracy and reliability.”

The Army plans to purchase 195,000 of the full-sized M17 model, while the Air Force and Navy plan to purchase 130,000 and 60,000 the compact M18 handguns respectively, according to Task & Purpose.

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According to a June Sig Sauer press statement, the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard have already adopted the MHS firearm models while the Marines have cleared the firearm for use. The Marines are set to begin their acquisition of the military firearms in 2020.

“We are very proud that with the P320-M18, civilians can now own the same innovation and versatility that has made either the M17 and M18 the handgun of choice for all branches of the U.S. Military,” Taylor said.

The 9mm striker-fired handguns will reportedly ship with one 17-round magazine and two 21-round magazines. The pistols will also feature an “M18-XXXXXX” serial number.

The civilian M18 models will feature a SIGLITE front night sight and a removable night sight rear plate “as specified by the MHS contract,” lending further comparison to between the military and civilian handgun models.

The handgun comes with features black controls, a carry-length coyote-tan grip module and a coyote PVD finished slide. The handgun also has an ambidextrous manual safety.

Sig Sauer P320-M18 (Sig Sauer photo/Released)

The handgun has an overall length of 7.2 inches, with a 5.5-inch barrel. The P320-M18 is 1.6 inches wide, 5.5 inches tall and with a weight of 28.1 ounces, around 1.75 pounds.

Sig Sauer is also preparing state-compliant versions of the firearm for states with laws that would render the firearm illegal. The compliant version is already listed on the Massachusetts handgun roster, according to the manufacturer’s press statement.