Firearms|Handguns

Last week, Sig Sauer announced the sale of Surplus M17 pistols to the civilian market. Really? Already? Some of you might be asking. There is a reason why Sig Sauer has a surplus of the military’s new M17 pistol.  The U.S. Army has decided to transition away from the original coyote tan controls to pistols with black finished controls. The color change to black will be on the slide release, safety, and trigger for the new M17 pistols. 

In the end the Army will be swapping the original M17 pistols with new production models of the M17 pistols. Which now gives Sig Sauer a surplus of original M17 pistols to offer to the civilian market. 

Since these are army issued M17 pistols quality will vary from firearm to firearm. All firearms are rated to run with zero issues according to Sig. You also have the potential of getting a M17 pistol with inventory or rack number scratched onto it from the armory. The M17 is rated for +P ammunition Sig has added additional guide rod capable of handling standard ammunition.

Below is Sig Sauer Announcement of the Surplus M17 pistols. 

SIG SAUER, Inc. is honored to bring authentic, M17 Military Surplus handguns to the commercial market. The M17 Military Surplus handguns were manufactured under contract with the U.S. Army according to the original specifications of the Modular Handgun System (MHS). This is an exclusive, limited availability offering from SIG SAUER and the condition of the handguns will vary based on field use.

“The M17 Military Surplus handguns are a very special release from SIG SAUER, that gives consumers the opportunity to own a piece of history, and includes a certificate of authenticity,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “These handguns were originally issued by the U.S. Army and fielded during the initial domestic and in-theater deployment of the Modular Handgun System. The unique, one-of-a-kind, features of the M17 Surplus handguns include coyote controls, the original government-issue markings and serial numbers, and orange rear and green front SIGLITE Night Sights, which will make them coveted by both military and firearms collectors alike.”

The M17 Surplus handgun is a 9mm, striker-fired, P320-based handgun platform, featuring a coyote-tan PVD coated stainless steel slide, coyote-tan controls, a coyote-tan medium carry grip module, with the U.S. Government slide markings and serial numbers. The handguns are equipped with SIGLITE sights (orange rear & green front), removable night sight rear plates, and the same optic cut as specified by the MHS contract, and ready to fit a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1Pro Optic. The M17 features an ambidextrous manual safety, ships with (1) 17-round and (2) 21-round magazines, includes an official SIG SAUER M17 Certificate of Authenticity, and comes packed just as the handguns are delivered to the U.S. Military.

Are you interested in a military surplus M17 pistol? If so would you shoot it or make it a collector’s item? Let us know in the comment below. 

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