SIG Sauer announced this week the release of the P320-M18, the commercial variant of the M18 pistol recently chosen as the official sidearm of the U.S. Marine Corps.
SIG secured the coveted Modular Handgun Contract from the U.S. Army in 2017, which included a full-sized 9mm handgun (the M17) as well as a more compact version (the M18). The company has shipped over 100,000 sidearms to the U.S. military, and now they’re making the M18 commercially available.
“The P320-based M17 and M18 are among the most tested handguns in history and the pair has been proven to be unmatched in both accuracy and reliability,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer, and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “We are very proud that with the P320-M18, civilians can now own the same innovation and versatility that has made either the M17 and M18 the handgun of choice for all branches of the U.S. Military.”
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The P320-M18 is virtually identical to the military version and features a 3.9” barrel, compact slide, and what SIG calls a “carry length grip module.” The grip is coyote-tan, and the slide is coyote PVD finished. It also includes an ambidextrous slide release and ambidextrous manual safety.
It ships with one steel 17-round magazine and two steel 21-round magazines to most states, and three steel 10-round magazines to states with magazine capacity restrictions.
Like the M17, the M18 is optics-ready and comes with a slide that accepts a SIG ROMEO1Pro Optic or a Leupold Deltapoint Pro. It also features night sights on the front and rear.
The serial number uses an exclusive “M18-XXXXXX” designation.
The majority of the Army’s 195,000 MHS handguns will still be the full-sized M17 model, according to Task & Purpose. But the Air Force and Navy plan to purchase 130,000 and 60,000 M18 handguns, respectively, and the Marine Corps went all-in on the M18 and made it their official sidearm.
- Caliber: 9mm
- Overall Length: 7.2”
- Overall Width: 1.6”
- Weight (incl. magazine): 28.1 oz
- Overall Height: 5.5”
- Barrel Length: 3.9”
- Sight Radius: 5.8”
For more information visit SIGSauer.com.