The P320-M18 pistol from Sig Sauer (Courtesy photo)

Sig Sauer has launched a commercial version of the lightweight M18 pistol that the U.S. military recently adopted.

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U.S. Army

A new report indicates the Army's brand new Modular Handgun System experienced some major issues during testing last year. But now, both the branch and MHS manufacturer Sig Sauer claim they've already fixed the problems.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Jesse Anderla

Despite a recent Department of Defense report detailing accidental discharges and frequent malfunctions, the Sig Sauer P320 9mm pistol, adopted as the M17 and M18 under the Army’s Modular Handgun System program, is “safe to operate,” Army and Sig Sauer officials told Task & Purpose on Jan. 31.

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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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Last week, Task & Purpose reported that Sig Sauer’s P320, the basis of the U.S. Army’s new pistol, had been withdrawn from use by several police departments following reports of accidental discharges when the pistol was dropped. A drop test video made by gun store, Omaha Outdoors showing the P320 firing when dropped quickly went viral.

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Since winning the U.S. Army’s coveted Modular Handgun System competition back in January, things have been less than smooth sailing for Sig Sauer. First, Sig’s primary MHS rival Glock lodged a protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office in February, which was subsequently thrown out. Then in May, Steyr launched legal proceedings to sue Sig for patent infringement.

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