U.S. Coast Guard personnel will eventually adopt the Army's new Modular Handgun System alongside their fellow service members in other branches, but in the meantime, Coasties have a different Sig Sauer sidearm to play with: an airsoft pistol.
The Coast Guard will acquire Sig Sauer's AIR Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol — a " high-end airsoft pistol designed to be an exact replica in look, weight, balance, and handling" of the P229 .40 caliber pistol currently used by the service — as its training sidearm of choice, the company announced on Nov. 2.
While the acquisition seems to make little sense given the Coast Guard's imminent adoption of the Sig Sauer P320 that came out of the Army's MHS program under the M17 designation, Military.com notes that the service plans on using the airsoft replica of the P229 .40 cal's during simulated training.
“The SIG AIR Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol is engineered and manufactured to meet the SIG standards for precision, quality, accuracy, and reliability,” SIG Air vice president and general manager Joe Huston said in a release.
“The SIG AIR Pro Force P229 airsoft pistol gives the U.S. Coast Guard’s Cadets and Guardsmen the ability to practice gun handling, conduct target practice in various environments, and train in realistic force on force scenarios with a pistol that has the same look and feel of their issued P229 sidearm.”
According to Sig Sauer, the airsoft pistol uses a semi-automatic firing mode with a gas blowback designed to mimic that of a traditional firearm, geared towards replicating the feel and intensity of a real-world combat situation.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.