Revisiting Sig Sauer Part 2 Part 1
First Look: The M17
By Dennis Adler
The M17 began as a Sig Sauer P320. The M17 CO2 model follows suit but makes significantly greater gains beginning with a functioning (not molded-in) slide ejection port. It has an M17 coyote-tan PVD type finish on the slide and coyote-tan polymer frame. Overall, it is one giant step forward in CO2 blowback action pellet-firing pistol design from a company that didn’t build air pistols three years ago! (M17 photos courtesy Sig Sauer)
Here is something to ponder. If foreign companies move to America and begin manufacturing here, are they still foreign companies? Is a Chevrolet (I just picked Chevrolet at random) that comes off a Michigan assembly line combining parts made in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico an American car? Is a BMW built in the U.S. a German car? Better yet, is a German or Italian handgun built in the U.S. still a German or Italian handgun? By design, most often yes, but as an imported gun, no, because it’s not. The Sig Sauer P320 variants for the U.S. Army, (the M17 and M18), are built in New Hampshire by Sig Sauer. It is a German design built in the U.S. for the U.S. military. There are also civilian versions of the M17 to compliment the Sig Sauer P320, upon which the M17 is based. Now, jump back to 1985 when Colt lost its “primary” manufacturing contract for the Model 1911A1 as the standard issue military sidearm to Beretta’s Model 92F (M9). Beretta built a good percentage of those guns in its U.S. manufacturing facilities. In 2017, (after only 32 years compared to Colts 74 years) Beretta lost its contract to build the U.S. military’s standard issue sidearm to Sig Sauer in the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition. That gun is being built in a special section of the company’s New Hampshire manufacturing facility. All things being equal, the M17 is an American-made handgun. What’s my point?