The process for bringing a new editor onto the staff of American Rifleman usually involves reviewing previous written work, various tests of editing skill and firearm knowledge, then, of course, interviews.
Anyone wandering the complex labyrinth of Luger collecting will inevitably come across the “American Eagle” variation and might wonder how a German pistol used against our troops in two world wars could be decorated with a United States crest.
Inspired by the U.S. Army’s XM17 pistol trials, the FN 509 Tactical brings well-thought-out features to the highly competitive commercial market—including an optics-ready slide, a suppressor-ready barrel, excellent ergonomics and unfailing reliability.
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 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.