NEWINGTON — SIG Sauer has a new commercial version of the company’s M18 official duty pistol adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps earlier this year.
The P320-M18 is a 9mm, striker-fired pistol configured nearly identically to the military’s model. It features a SIGLITE front night sight and a removable night sight rear plate, black controls, a carry-length coyote-tan grip module, and an ambidextrous manual safety, according to a news release issued by the company on Tuesday.
The M18 is a compact version of the M17. Both are used by the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of commercial sales for the Newington company, says the company has seen significant civilian interest in both the M17 and M18 since their releases.
“We are very proud that with the P320-M18, civilians can now own the same innovation and versatility that has made either the M17 and M18 the handgun of choice for all branches of the U.S. Military,” Taylor said in a statement.
When the U.S. Marine Corps adopted the M18 in June, branches of the U.S. military had more than half a billion dollars in M17 and M18 pistols on order, totaling more than 421,000 handguns.
On Nov. 19, SIG Sauer officials announced the delivery of the 100,000th M17 and M18 to the military for its Modular Handgun System program. Company officials said at that time they were ahead of schedule requirements.
There is no word yet on pricing for the P320-M18. The retail price for the P320-M17 is $768, according to www.guns.com.