New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer announced this week they have created a special MK25 pistol to commemorate the actions of SEAL Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski.
Slabinski, a Massachusetts-native who made Eagle Scout at age 14 and joined the Navy right out of high school in 1988, served 25 years in elite SEAL units, ammassing 15 combat deployments.
On March 4, 2002, then-Senior Chief Slabinski was leading Mako 30, a reconnaissance team atop Takur Ghar, a 10,000-foot snow-covered mountain in Afghanistan, during Operation Anaconda. An enemy RPG attack on the team’s insertion helicopter caused a fellow SEAL to fall onto the enemy-occupied mountaintop below and forced the damaged helicopter to crash land. Slabinski led a furious 14-hour-long action in sometimes waist-deep snow until they could be extracted.
Slabinski was credited with rallying his teammates to rescue a stranded Team member but was not recognized with the nation’s highest combat honor until 16 years after the event.
Presented with the Medal of Honor in 2018 by President Trump, the SEAL downplayed his own actions. He spoke of the fellow servicemen who lost their lives during the operation and those who continue to serve. “This Medal of Honor belongs to the seven Americans killed in action on that mountain top: Neil, John, Phil, Marc, Matt, Brad, and Jason,” Slabinski said during the ceremony at the White House “They gave all, for all of us. This honor is yours, for you are the true heroes.”
The weapons carried by Slabinski that day included a carbine and a MK25 — a Sig P226 modified for the SEALs in a special contract. The rifle, along with items such as his training equipment, is now in the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Sig Custom Works has created a special MK25 for Slabinski, uniquely finished with a high polish on the slide with 24k gold engraving while the frame is left in a matte black “as a nod to the warrior.”
The American Black Walnut presentation grips feature the red unit medallion of Slabiniski’s SEAL Team on the right panel while the left grip has the SEAL Trident insignia.
The commemorative MK25 was presented to Slabinski in a private ceremony at SIG’s headquarters in Newington, New Hampshire.