The Sig Sauer P320 will replace the Beretta M9 as the Army’s standard-issue pistol. The decision was made through a lengthy and controversial Modular Handgun System competition. Out of 12 handguns entered into the contest, the P320 won because of its lightweight, modular design. To get acquainted with the new pistol and understand why the Army made the change, we compared the performance and construction of the P320 and M9.
|Beretta M9||Sig Sauer P320|
|Magazine capacity||15 rounds||17 or 21 rounds (optional extended magazine)|
|Sights||Fixed Blade Sights||Removable Iron Sights. Red Dot compatible|
|Frame||Aluminum. Not attachment compatible||Polymer. Integrated rail system|
|Barrel||4.9 in. Not suppressor compatible||5.4 in. Threaded for suppressor attachment|
|Overall Length||8.5 in||8.7 in|
|Effective Firing Range||50 m||50 m|
|Trigger Pull||Double / Single Action (12.3 lb / 5.5 lb)||Double Action Only (6.5 lb)|
|Weight unloaded||33.3 oz||29.4 oz|
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