“Mr. Survival Guy, any thoughts here?” read an email in my inbox referring to the Army’s February contract award to Sig Sauer as the sole producer for its new handgun. The contract is estimated to be worth $580 million over several years. Glock protested the award, but was rejected on Monday by the GAO.
The Sig Sauer handgun that won the award is the P320. It’s a modular handgun which can be adapted to fit the shooter. This means the grips are adjustable, it can fire multiple types of ammo, and can be equipped with a silencer.
What’s My Favorite Handgun?
A question I keep asking is: What’s my favorite handgun? It’s an easy answer: the one I own.
I own two Sig Sauer P226 handguns. One is the MK25 or Navy which is used by the SEAL teams—a genius marketing move by Sig for guys like me.
The other is the TACOPS, which has a threaded barrel for a silencer. “Why does he need a silencer?” Well, once you travel down this endless road of options, it’s not always about need. Again, the marketing genius of Sig Sauer.
The Sig Sauer P320
Back to the Sig Sauer P320. I’ve never shot it. But I am familiar with the conversion kit allowing the personalization of a Sig Sauer handgun. The ability to change the ammo is pretty cool. At the Sig Sauer Academy handgun courses I have taken, many of the instructors’ caliber of choice was the Sig 357. If you’re a golfer it’s like choosing a Titleist golf ball—they’re all good but the Sig 357 is the Pro-V1.
Platform Flexibility Won the Day
Every Glock owner I know swears by their Glock. It’s a brand loyalty thing like Harley-Davidson motorcycles. I think the Army would have been just as well off with Glock. But, I would imagine the Army, in selecting the Sig Sauer P320, likes the flexibility of the platform.
At the end of the day, the guys in the trenches are going to get, and shoot, whatever the hell they want. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Find the Right Gun for You
My favorite handgun is the one I own, and most importantly the one I’m comfortable shooting. You don’t have to outfit an entire army, it’s just you. My advice would be to try a lot of handguns. Take some classes. Get comfortable with one model and buy as many as you want.