Back in 2017, the Army announced SIG Sauer as the winner of the XM17/XM18 Modular Handgun System competition. The other branches followed suit and SIG became the military’s new official sidearm. SIG’s primary competitor, Glock, still has a seat at the table although. This past September the Pentagon announced a five-year, $15 million contract with Glock for various weapons and parts and Glocks remain the sidearm of choice for special operations units. The September contract included provisions for Glock’s Modular Optic System, threaded barrel, and thousands of G17s, G19s, and G26s. The order did not specify who would receive the Glocks but it did state “all pistols should be delivered without restrictions for re-export by the United States Government (USG)” which could imply that it will be used to supply covert groups around the world.
The Crossroads of Special Operations