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Military Matters: Army debuts new handgun

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Technology is constantly evolving in the U.S. military. For example, the Army’s newest handgun on its way to troops is only the third sidearm it has fielded in more than a century.

The weapon is called the M17, and soldiers have been training on it for some time now.

The newest addition replaces the M9 pistol, the standard sidearm since the mid-1980s.

Much of the technology of the past 20 years has been on larger projects, like tanks and artillery, but the Army realized close quarters fighting has become more of a reality.

The M17 is made by Sig Sauer, which beat Glock, Baretta and FN America for the ten-year, 580-million dollar contract.

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