The Unknown Soldier is guarded by the Sentinels of the 3rd U.S. Infantry day and night. The sergeant of the guard has an M17 pistol with wood stocks from the U.S.S. Olympia. Here’s why—and the story of the man who brought the Unknown Soldier home.
The U.S. Army adopted a new semi-automatic pistol, the M17 as made by SIG Sauer, in 2017. Now, with production well under way, the guns are serving with American soldiers all over the world.
The U.S. Marine Corps is set to adopt the compact variant of the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System as its official duty pistol.
According to the Navy’s 2019 and 2020 budget-estimate report, some Glocks and Colts are also scheduled for replacement.
SIG Sauer has delivered the 100,000th M17 and M18 for the Modular Handgun System program to the U.S. military, ahead of schedule, and surpassing the performance standards and requirements since the official contract award in January 2017.