We got our hands on the SIG M17 at range day, the actual military model. If you are a P320 fan and or a collector, you are going to want one of these. You could buy a gun that was in the MHS trials right now, or you could by the winner in the spring when the M17 is released for public sale.
Own a Piece of History
The M17 features a unique coyote coloring, with the slide slightly darker than the frame. Internally, the gun features coatings not found in regular P320’s, part of the magic of passing a DOD acquisition test. Most of us don’t routinely salt water submerge our pistols, but that is Tuesday in several military units. The M17 model features a slide cut for the Leupold Delta Point Pro, another requirement of the MHS contract. Like the P320X5, the M17 addresses this mounting with a removable plate, that includes the rear sight.
The MHS contract also specified an optional thumb safety. SIG, acting like grownups, has opted to keep this feature for the civilian model. The M17 has a 1911 style safety as an option.
Impressions & Availability
The few changes from the actual M17 will include the removal of anti-tamper devices. If you don’t know Soldiers, they are famous for touching things they shouldn’t. Leave a Specialist 4 in a padded room with two ball bearings and an anvil, an hour later the anvil will be broken and the ball bearings lost. The P320 civilian is a chassis system, offering ease of parts change out. Not a good idea for the Joe’s, so the M17 has special parts built in to prevent it. Your civilian model will be all P320 in this regard.
Coming to a store near you, late March early April this year.
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