It was a few months ago when I received an email from Sig Sauer informing me I was slated to get one of the new M17 pistols for review, yes the M17 that was adopted by the US Army phasing out the M9. This excited me for two reasons, first because of being able to review such a handgun and second because I have a disdain for the M9 developed while I was in the USMC.
You will notice the M17 Bravo in the photos. When I was about two thirds through the M17 review the M17 B showed up and was included in the review. The only difference being the is M17 finished in Coyote while the M17 B is black.
The pistol(s) incorporate ambidextrous thumb safeties and slide stops.
Factory three dot Sig nights sights.
The rear plate can be removed to install a red dot optic. The downside is when you remove the plate the rear sight goes with it.
Integral Picatinny rail for mounting accessories. The trigger broke at seven pounds with some take up and over travel. For a striker fired trigger it is not bad at all and better than many striker-fired handguns I have shot.
The front and rear strap as well as the port and starboard sides of the grip area are well textured.
Both pistols proved to be reliable with the included seventeen round magazines but also were reliable with the factory twenty-one round magazine.
Accuracy at twenty five yards averaged two and a quarter inches while the best group of the day was with the Sig VCrown 365 ammo measuring about an inch and three quarters.
The M17 and M17 Bravo incorporate the same modularity as the P320 with the fire control group being the serial numbered firearm. If you have the idea to swap calibers or change out the grip module size and/or color those accessories can be ordered directly from Sig Sauer.
Three shot groups shot from a rest at twenty five yards
Potential TALO edition P320
While not confirmed, here is a prototype of a TALO edition Sig Sauer P320 with the X receiver, upgraded sights, and stainless steel slide with a scale pattern. This pistol proved to be a pleasure to shoot being reliable and accurate. I hope to see this one go into production.
Just over 1000 rounds downrange with the M17 using various kinds of defensive and ball ammunition and several of my friends and family without a single issue. I put a couple of hundred rounds through the M 17 Bravo and it exhibited the same accuracy without issue. While I am confident in the pistol and in my review I do not have the resources the US Army has to test a series of sidearms but I still wanted to be sure I gave it an unbiased review based on what I learned. The M17 performed without issue and would serve well as a defensive firearm. Fielding it as a concealed carry pistol will take a bit of creativity but could be done. Considering pride of ownership, the new US Army sidearm would be at the top of my list of reasons to own this handgun. I am satisfied with the gun and would recommend it to anyone interested.
The P320-M17 Specs:
- Total length: 8″
- Barrel length: 4.7″
- Weight (incl. magazine): 29.6 oz.
- Height: 5.5″
- Width: 1.3″
- Sight radius: 6.6″
- MSRP: $768
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