What’s even better than owning a commercial version of the U.S. Army’s brand new, highly controversial sidearm? Owning a commemorative version, of course!
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!
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.