SIG Unveils Tomb of the Unknown Presentation, Commercial MHS Pistols

Four presentation models will go to the Sentinels. (Photo: SIG)

SIG Sauer is giving four unique M17 pistols to the U.S. Army 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment – The Old Guard – for the Tomb Guard Sentinels. Each pistol is engraved differently to represent the Sentinel creed.

The four guns, Silence, Respect, Dignity and Perseverance, have alloy frames with wood grip inserts, a big departure from regular-issue M17s, which, along with the slides, are polished to a mirror finish. The wood is from the USS Olympia and the grips bear a Guard medallion.

The USS Olympia was the ship that carried the unknown soldier buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Tomb is dedicated to all military personnel who fall in service to the United States.

Another change is the safety. These pistols don’t have a manual thumb safety – which is fitting for some of the most disciplined soldiers in the world.

The Peace, Valor and Victory engraving. (Photo: SIG)

Instead of traditional slide serrations the guns have XXI cuts, for the 21 steps to cross the Tomb and the 21-gun salute. Also, each pistol has a 21-round magazine.

They have M17-style rear sight plates but the front sights have a glass insert made from the marble dust from the Tomb. The sight plates and magazines have Greek figures engraved into them representing Peace, Valor and Victory.

The pistols will be presented to the Sentinels Thursday, October 11 at a wreath-laying ceremony. Prior to the presentation Silence will be on display at this year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, October 8-10.

See Also: 6 Misconceptions about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Sentinels 

The M17, formerly the SIG MHS pistol, is the military’s new main service pistol. After rigorous trials, the Army and Air Force selected the SIG design over its competition for its reliability, accuracy and low cost. The M17 and its compact variant, the M18, have since been adopted by every branch of the armed forces in some capacity.

The all-black P320 Bravo. (Photo: SIG)

While few people will get a chance to see the Tomb of the Unknown M17s except from a distance, SIG is also releasing an M17-based P320 on the commercial market.

The P320 Bravo is based on the limited-edition commercial run of M17 pistols but with a black frame and black slide and barrel. Like the M17 pistols the Bravo has a manual thumb safety, rear sight plate and front tritium night sight.

The Bravo, like the M17, has a 4.7-inch barrel and full-length slide with a Carry-size grip module, with a 17+1 capacity with flush magazines. The Bravo comes with two flush magazines, though extended mags are readily available.

A Talo exclusive, the Bravo has a suggested retail price of $768, which is a bit less than the limited-edition M17s. Real-world prices, as always, will be a bit less.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Mike Watkins October 12, 2018, 3:19 pm

    Thank You, Sig!

  • Dwight October 12, 2018, 1:01 pm

    Simple words cannot express the appreciation I feel for those dedicated Sentinels that guard the tomb. Not only do they honor the unknown soldier but the many who have given their all so that I and all Americans may enjoy all the rights given to us by God.
    I would like to say thanks to Sig for the Donation of such fine firearms but I was disappointed that I did not see the presentation cases that I Presume come with the Firearms. I certainly don’t think that it would be appropriate for the arms to be presented without a fine case which might include a special cleaning kit and maybe a special holster to protect the pistols while being carried as I think they should be carried everyday and at least on special occasions such as memorial day. Someday the Pistols will be retired and hopefully displayed in a museum fitting to for their final resting place in America’s History, without a proper display case would be just wrong.

  • Klint October 12, 2018, 12:49 pm

    They should sell one at cost to anyone that has ever been a guard at the tomb. Or just give them one.

  • Daryl Deuel October 12, 2018, 12:35 pm

    Well done SIG…very well done.

  • John Hoglin October 9, 2018, 9:54 pm

    That is a beautiful looking piece of work.

    • Johnny Raygun October 12, 2018, 9:36 am

      I agree, that is pretty piece. Would love to own one, especially without the safety. Good job Sig

    • Luap October 12, 2018, 10:21 am

      So shinny, so chrome… witness me!

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