The United States Army has finally picked a replacement for the 32-year-old sidearm they are currently using.
The Army has chosen the Sig Sauer 320 to replace the antiquated 9mm Beretta M9.
Sig Sauer, a German firearm company, has reportedly received a $580 million dollar contract from the U.S. to supply the weapon.
The M9, which has been the weapon of choice since the 1980’s, is considered accurate and sturdy, but combat troops in recent years complained about its size, weight, and tendency to require frequent cleaning in desert environments.
Beretta had offered an upgraded version of the current M9 pistol once the Army announced it was looking to upgrade, but the proposal was rejected.
According to The Washington Post, “The Sig was lauded as an early favorite in the final competition by firearms experts because it was the only truly modular pistol in the running. The Sig was the only in the mix that could easily switch from a 9mm to a .45 caliber pistol with a few part changes. The ability to switch calibers has been a growing feature in U.S. military weapons program.”
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