The limited release of the M18-Commemorative Edition of the official U.S. military service pistol, a variant of the SIG SAUER P320, is now available. The M18-Commemorative pistol shares the same components, coatings, and markings as the firearm that was awarded the U.S. Army contract for the modular handgun system (MHS), and was recently chosen as the official sidearm of the U.S. Marine Corps.
To complement the M18-Commemorative, an exclusive M18 Collector’s Case is available and features a slate-grey flocked foam insert and precision laser placement cuts for the pistol, the official serialized M18-Commemorative Certificate of Authenticity, and the serialized M18-Commemorative Challenge Coin.
While the M17 was selected by the US Army as their sidearm of choice, the M17 and M18 were developed in tandem with the rest of the P320 line and the M18 won selection in the remainder of the services.
The principle difference between the two is slide and barrel length. The M18 uses a shorter slide and barrel while still set to accept the HRS optic and IR capable laser/light that are also part of the Modular Handgun System competition. Units can up kit or down kit their guns as need dictates.
The commemorative guns come in handsome clean wooden cased and are fine pieces to add to the collection. They are limited in their runs so using one as an EDC, while entirely your choice, not what the intention is with this particular production unit.
The M18 uses the Carry/XCarry layout which retains its 17/21 round capacity while shortening the slide and barrel to the compact model length. This, in the conjunction with AXG grip makes for an absolutely phenomenal shooting package.