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Remember The Army's Hellish Search For A New Sidearm With A Commemorative M17
Less than a week after unveiling a public variant of the Army’s 9mm M17 pistol — dubbed the P320-M17 after both the Army designation and the original P320 it was based on — Sig Sauer announced that it will release some 5,000 Commemorative Edition versions of the M17 to lucky civilians.
While the P320-M17 offered a few distinct departures from the Army’s M17 at the low, low price of $768, the commemorative versions were designed to “emulate the look and feel of the service pistol in the civilian world,” per Guns.com.
Serialized with the numbers M17-0001 through M17-5000, each commemorative pistol comes with commemorative goodies: a certificate of authenticity, a challenge coin with a matching serial number, and a cherry wood collector’s case with a glass top and the Army logo. In Sig Sauer’s telling, it’s a little piece of history that can be yours for just $1,122.
“The U.S. Army’s selection of the M17 earned the Sig Sauer P320 a place in history. It’s regarded as one of the world’s most influential firearms as it enters service with America’s Armed Forces across the globe,” Sig Sauer CMO Tom Taylor said in an extra press-releasey press release. “We are excited that collectors and civilians have an opportunity to participate in this history.”
Not wrong! Besides, the M17 certainly made a splash in the course of its development, from patent infringement lawsuits to alarming testing reports (since rebutted by both the Army and Sig Sauer) to fiery opposition from fellow Modular Handgun System challenge competitors to worries about accidental discharges in civilian variants. Perhaps when Taylor said in a release that the M17 marks “the culmination of Sig Sauer’s steadfast commitment to providing the military with the very best, and our determination to never settle,” he was talking about the procurement process.
Either way: Cherry wood case! And an Army insignia! I can think of at least 5,000 civilians who would want to show this off, so perhaps put this on your holiday shopping list — you know, just in case. After all, civilians love to commemorate a rough procurement process!
The U.S. Space Force has a name tape for uniforms now. Get excited people.
In a tweet from its official account, the Space Force said its uniform name tapes have "touched down in the Pentagon," sharing a photo of it on the chest of Gen. John W. Raymond, the newly-minted Chief of Space Operations for the new service branch nested in the Department of the Air Force.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump gave a minute-to-minute account of the U.S. drone strikes that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in remarks to a Republican fund-raising dinner on Friday night, according to audio obtained by CNN.
With his typical dramatic flourish, Trump recounted the scene as he monitored the strikes from the White House Situation Room when Soleimani was killed.
The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.
Two immigrants, a pastor and an Army sergeant have been convicted of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud as part of an illegal immigration scheme, according to federal prosecutors.
Rajesh Ramcharan, 45; Diann Ramcharan, 37; Sgt. Galima Murry, 31; and the Rev. Ken Harvell, 60, were found guilty Thursday after a nine-day jury trial, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado.
The conspiracy involved obtaining immigration benefits for Rajesh Ramcharan, Diann Ramcharan, and one of their minor children, the release said. A married couple in 2007 came to the U.S. from Trinidad and Tobago on visitor visas. They overstayed the visas and settled in Colorado.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it was sending to Ukraine the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger plane that the Iranian military shot down this month, an accident that sparked unrest at home and added to pressure on Tehran from abroad.
Iran's Tasnim news agency also reported the authorities were prepared for experts from France, Canada and the United States to examine information from the data and voice recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines plane that came down on Jan. 8.
The plane disaster, in which all 176 aboard were killed, has added to international pressure on Iran as it grapples with a long running row with the United States over its nuclear program that briefly erupted into open conflict this month.