Matthew Cox/Military.com

Editor’s Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen

Sig Sauer, the maker of the 9mm P320 semi-automatic pistol that the Army recently contracted as the brand-new M17 Modular Handgun System, is looking to spread some of that mil-spec love to civilians by making a handful of those new military-grade sidearms available for commercial purchase, according to Military.com.

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Screenshot via Marine Corps video

While the Marines have confirmed they will test the Army’s new handgun, the XM17, it seems they are actually eyeing a more compact pistol to send downrange.

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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.

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Screenshot via FN America YouTube

On Monday, FN America unveiled its new striker-fired 9mm handgun. Showcasing the pistol ahead of next week's NRA Show in Atlanta, Georgia, the new FN 509 is based on FN's unsuccessful Modular Handgun System entry.

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U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach.

Editor’s Note: This article by Brendan McGarry originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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