Photos: Check Out The Army’s New Handgun In Action

A service member fires the Sig Sauer P320 during a test for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, conducted at Fort Bragg, Aug. 27.
U.S. Army photo

On Wednesday, the U.S. Army released the first photos of its new Modular Handgun System taken during U.S. Army Operational Test Command (OTC) testing at Fort Bragg’s Range 29. These photos are the first to officially emerge since the Army announced Sig Sauer's P320 entry had won the Modular Handgun System contract back in January.

“We wanted to make sure that we have a huge sample to make sure that we've got this right -- that the Army has it right," said OTC's Col. Brian McHugh in an Army release, to ensure the program is pulling personnel from across the service. These include soldiers from the Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the 3rd Infantry Division, 16th Military Police Brigade, and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. OTC is looking to span not just units but also military occupational specialities too, including police, pilots, infantry, and crew chiefs.

Magazines for the Modular Handgun System test conducted for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, displayed at a table at Fort Bragg, Aug. 27.U.S. Army photo

"These are the Soldiers who would be using the weapon every day," explained OTC testing officer Maj. Mindy Brown, "so getting their feedback on the pistol is really what is important for operational testing." 

U.S. Army photo

The Army noted that personnel from other services will also be testing the new pistol as part of the OTC's test program, however, the other major military branches have not yet committed to the new sidearm. 

Modular Handgun System test for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, conducted at Fort Bragg, Aug. 27.U.S. Army photo

The photos arrive in the wake of controversy surrounding the commercial P320, which the MHS is based on, when rumors erupted that the firearm may not be drop-safe. Despite criticisms Sig Sauer were quick to state that the pistol was rigorously tested and that the MHS did not suffer from the problem. Despite this, Sig Sauer has launched a voluntary upgrade program.

The Army is expecting to begin fielding the M17 in the fall, perhaps as early as October.

A service member fires the Sig Sauer P320 during a Modular Handgun System test for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, conducted at Fort Bragg, Aug. 27.U.S. Army photo

Two Air Force pararescue Airmen were awarded the Silver Star Medal on Friday for saving dozens of lives during separate Afghan battles in 2018 and 2019.

Tech Sgt. Gavin Fisher and Staff Sgt. Daniel Swensen both received the third highest military award for their bravery. Fisher also received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

Read More Show Less
Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews the honor guards of the Chinese People's Liberation (PLA) Navy before boarding the destroyer Xining for the naval parade celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in Qingdao, Shandong province, China April 23, 2019. Xinhua via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government covertly moved to expel two officials from the Chinese embassy earlier this year, after they drove onto a military base, the New York Times reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

The newspaper reported on Sunday that one of the two Chinese officials is believed to be an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover.

The Chinese officials breached security at a base in Virginia this fall, and only stopped driving after fire trucks were used to block their path, the Times said.

Read More Show Less

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.

President Donald Trump is set to announce the withdrawal of roughly 4,000 US troops from Afghanistan as early as next week, NBC News reported on Saturday based on conversations with three current and former officials.

This would come as the US is engaged in ongoing, troubled peace talks with the Taliban. The talks resumed in early December after Trump abruptly scrapped negotiations with the Taliban in September, only to be paused again this week after an attack near Bagram Airfield on Wednesday.

Read More Show Less
Photo: National Archives

Thomas Hoke can still recall the weather in December 1944, and the long days that followed.

The battle started on Dec. 16, but his company arrived Dec. 27 and would stay there until the battle's end, nearly a month later. By the time he arrived, snow had blanketed Germany in what was one of the biggest storms the country had seen in years.

"It was 20 below and a heavy fog encompassed the whole area," Hoke, 96, recalled from his Emmitsburg home.

The fog was to Germany's advantage because Allied aircraft were grounded, including recognizance flights, allowing the Nazis to slip in.

Read More Show Less

West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral because of their association with white power.

"West Point is looking into the matter," a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets."

Read More Show Less