Reload: Marine Corps replacing Beretta M9 with Sig Sauer M18 by 2023
The U.S. Marine Corps is adopting the Sig Sauer M18 as its 9mm service pistol, ushering the end a 35-year era for the Beretta M9.
The Marines are following the cue of other branches, which have also adopted variants of the Sig Sauer 320 handgun.
According to UPI, the M18 is a more compact version of the M17 service pistol.
All Marines will be equipped with the new 9mm by 2023, with shipments coming as early as next year.
The Corps ordered more than 12,000 M18s under the Modular Handgun System program to supplement the roughly 20,000 it purchased back in 2018.
By next year, the M17 or M18 will be the only 9mm pistol used across each branch of the U.S. military.
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