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Meet the U.S. Army gun that will replace the Beretta M9: a Sig Sauer pistol


The U.S. Army has chosen Sig Sauer to produce the service's next pistol in a $580 million deal.

The new modular handgun will replace the Beretta M9 pistol, the Army announced.

The Beretta M9 has been in service for three decades among the armed services. The Army's effort to replace the aging M9 was an extensive 10-year process. Sig Sauer reportedly won out over eight rivals. The new gun is expected to be issued sometime in 2017.

The Army's model is likely based on Sig Sauer's P320 pistol, with modifications that are not being made public.

The M9 is essentially a military specification 92FS, according to Forbes. Bruce Willis’ character in “Die Hard” used the Beretta 92FS. The selection of the Sig P320, Forbes reported, will likely mean more police departments will give it a look — and many more American gun owners, too. The P320 boasts advances in pistol design, according to Forbes. It is the first modular pistol that can easily be modified with interchangeable grip modules. Its caliber can even be changed. These pistols will be made at Sig Sauer’s facilities in New Hampshire, according to Forbes.

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Sig Sauer was founded in Germany but has a subsidiary located in New Hampshire. The weapons manufacturer that made a rifle used during the Pulse nightclub massacre has come into wider public view following the deadly shooting.