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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Just over a year after the Army selected Sig Sauer’s P320 9mm pistol for its new XM17/18 Modular Handgun System program to replace the Beretta M9, the branch’s new sidearm is showing some serious problems, according to a new Department of Defense report released this month.

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The Air Force is looking at the Army's new M17 Modular Handgun System as a potential sidearm for its pilots, replacing the Beretta M9 and SIG Sauer P226 pistols. But those decisions require research, so the service ordered up a unique test: Send that sucker off in an ejection seat and see what happens.

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After months of waiting, the Army’s brand new pistols are finally where they belong: in the hands of American soldiers.

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