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You can now score your very own version of the US military's compact new M18 pistol
Sig Sauer has launched a commercial version of the lightweight M18 pistol that the U.S. military recently adopted.
Built on Sig's P320 platform and billed as the P320-M18, the pistol "is configured nearly identically to the U.S. military's models," Sig Sauer said in a press release, featuring black controls and a coyote-tan grip module, PVD finished slide, and ambidextrous manual safety.
The Army officially adopted the 9mm striker-fired pistol as a compact variant to the full-sized M17 under the service's Modular Handgun System program in January 2017.
With a 3.9 inch barrel and overall height of 5.5 inches, each pistol comes with one 17-round magazine and two 21-round magazines, as well as an exclusive "M18-XXXXXX" serial number, according to the company.
"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," Sig Sauer chief marketing officer Tom Taylor said in a statement. "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."
Sig Sauer's announcement comes on the heels of the October delivery of the company's 100,000th M17/M18 handgun to the U.S. military.
While the Army plans on purchasing 195,000 MHS pistols, the majority of them will be the full-sized M17 model. By contrast, both the Air Force and Navy are scheduled to purchase purchase 130,000 and 60,000 M18 handguns, respectively, while the Marine Corps has adopted the compact pistol as its official sidearm
Find out where you can score your very own M18 at the Sig Sauer store here.
The FBI is treating the recent shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, as a terrorist attack, several media outlets reported on Sunday.
"We work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism," USA Today quoted FBI Agent Rachel Rojas as saying at a news conference.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing "everything" if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a "successful test of great significance."
"Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore," Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
"He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November," he said.
The three sailors whose lives were cut short by a gunman at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, on Friday "showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil," said base commander Navy Capt. Tim Kinsella.
Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters were killed in the shooting, the Navy has announced.
The Pentagon’s troop deployment denials means nothing when the White House screams ‘fake news’ all the time
The Pentagon has a credibility problem that is the result of the White House's scorched earth policy against any criticism. As a result, all statements from senior leaders are suspect.
We're beyond the point of defense officials being unable to say for certain whether a dog is a good boy or girl. Now we're at the point where the Pentagon has spent three days trying to knock down a Wall Street Journal story about possible deployments to the Middle East, and they've failed to persuade either the press or Congress.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States was considering deploying up to 14,000 troops to the Middle East to thwart any potential Iranian attacks. The story made clear that President Trump could ultimately decide to send a smaller number of service members, but defense officials have become fixated on the number 14,000 as if it were the only option on the table.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"