SIG P320 is the new M17

On January 19, 2017, it was reported the SIG P320 won the United States Military Modular Handgun System Competition and is slated to become the new XM17/M17 pistol. More details to follow.

SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

On Competition

Competition is the pressure test of training and practice; it is the means through which resilience is developed. A loss is not a bad thing. A loss is an indicator of development; a lesson. If you do things a certain way you will achieve a certain outcome, the same can be said of winners. Individuals and teams winning competitions were better prepared to compete because their development didn’t involve the simple execution of tasks like an automaton.

Joe Garcia

National Trophy Team – Rifle

Team matches are considered the most important competitive events, especially among shooters on military teams. The USARCMP won first place in the National Trophy Team Rifle match at the 2016 National Matches.

Army Reserve Anderson won the overall match with a score of 2957-111x, one point below the current national record. Coached by MSG Norman Anderson, the team won the National Trophy for finishing first overall and the Hilton Trophy for being the high Reserve team.

National Trophy Team champions: Army Reserve Anderson. Team Coach MSG Norman Anderson, CPT Samuel Freeman, SGT Nickolaus Mowrer, SGT Joseph Hall, SPC Trent Thomas, SFC Joel Micholick, MSG Robert Mango, Team Captain SGM James Mauer.

Too Many Soldiers Can’t Shoot

“Too Many Soldiers Can’t Shoot”
Army Times, 03/21/16

Words of wisdom from Helmut Hein

To all USAR Shooting Team members today and in the past, to all the members of SATT and the SARG, to all those others at the original RTCs, and all of those in other units that understood and understand – THANK YOU.

21 years ago USARC stood up the SATT. Based on MG Max Baratz (CAR) guidance and with his influence at DA I was given the task to be the project officer on building the SATT and its Program Manager during the follow on years. Prior to the SATT the ALL-USAR Shooting Team (ARST) fielded Mobile Marksmanship Training Teams in an attempt to improve unit marksmanship instructors. The SATT was the direct off-shoot from these MMTTs and was modeled more like the USMC Weapons Training Bn and the NGMTU than it was the AMU, but all provided some example for the SATTs’s organization and mission. Initially SATT was disapproved by DA, but some direct coordination made by MG Baratz resulted in a reversal of that decision however DA required us to remove from the SATT’s mission statement the support of the ARST – since the AMU was missioned to do that at that time.

In Sep 95, the provisional command called SATT, with mega assistance from the ARST, and other individual professionals, conducted the very first Army Reserve Skill at Arms Challenge (SAAC) at Ft. Benning, GA. Those of you who remember, know this was designed to instruct unit marksmanship trainers/instructors using a competitive venue. Rifles and pistols were the main focus. Instructor training, how to prepare for the training, ordering ammo, ranges, etc were all included in this 2 week challenge. MG Gunderman, USARC DCG, spent most of a day with us on the ranges, talking to the soldiers we were training and observing all the activities. To say he was impressed by the SATT+ARST and the enthusiasm of the soldiers we were training would be an understatement. Unfortunately, MG Gunderson retired after only one year. I won’t get into the various “battles” fought at the USARC level, we won some we lost some.

Well, here it is, some 21 years after the idea of the SATT started turning into reality, and it appears that the AC and Infantry School has had pretty much the same great idea. Pick up a copy of the 03/21/16 Army Times and read the article that provided this issue’s headline. There are some things missing from where we eventually got to, but the base mission is the same – train unit level marksmanship trainers/instructors. They include STRAC requuests, running ranges, and all of those nasty little things that keep so many from conducting good training. I don’t think the article addresses everything, but it sure looks a lot like a SAAC, except longer. I don’t know if they have a complete grasp yet of how the Army encourages failure (e.g., military academies and ROTC have little to no emphasis on marksmanship training, the failure to employ squad level live simulators for “everyday” shot grouping in basic training as well as in units – these could be rifled air rifles, lasers, or any other simulator that provides immediate feedback for shot placement/grouping).

There is a lot that we were the lead in (like bringing the M-16 and equivalent into the national match class of rifle) that few know about because I couldn’t get you the funds to really carry the projects to their ultimate conclusion before someone else picked up the same idea. Anyway, THANKS again to all of you. I take great pride in having been associated with you and that I had the opportunity of supporting you.

Comment from MSG Norm Anderson

What I have been trying to do (from the ground level) is to unite the 3 branches of the Army in it’s instruction and teachings by rotating USAR, NG, and AC instructors through whatever schoolhouse is created (as of now NGB has only DA1059 awarding small arms master gunner school) and therefore all branches recognize the 1059. Unfortunately, I will be retired before I see it happen.

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