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101st Airborne to Receive Army's New Sig Sauer Handguns This Year

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:30 PM

Members of the Army's "Screaming Eagles" will be the first soldiers to be issued the service's new handgun this year.

According to Army Times, the 101st Airborne Division will take delivery of the first Army-issued Sig Sauer weapons at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The service has used the M9 Beretta since 1985.

All soldiers in the Army who carry handguns will eventually switch over to the new weapon, which Army Times reports is a variant of the Sig Sauer P320.

TacticalGear.com released an infographic that compares the two handgun models.

The Army awarded its next handgun contract to Sig Sauer in January, a 10-year deal worth $580 million. The service was seeking a modular handgun that contains interchangeable parts like the grip.

The Army will continue to use 9mm ammunition, while both full-sized and compact versions of the weapon will be manufactured.

Sig Sauer beat Beretta, Glock, and FN America in the Army's handgun selection process. Glock, however, filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office after losing the bid. In the meantime, the Army is moving forward with its plans to use its new handgun provider.

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Members of the Army's "Screaming Eagles" will be the first soldiers to be issued the service's new handgun this year.
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