Sig Sauer P320 Replaces Army Beretta M9

Sig Sauer P320

Sig Sauer P320

After almost 30 years of U.S. Army soldiers carrying the M9 Beretta as their sidearm, there’s a new handgun in town. The Beretta will be replaced by the Sig Sauer P320 at a cost of about $580 million. The top of the line weapons range in price from $762 to $830. But those are retail prices. Surely the army gets a substantial discount by ordering in bulk.

Like the Italian-owned Beretta, Sig Sauer is foreign-owned (controlled by the privately held German company L&O Holding). But like the Berettas produced for the Army, the Sig Sauers will be manufactured in America.

The Marines may eventually follow suit in selecting the P320, according to Marine Times.

Among the features of the Sig Sauer P320 that presumably helped it beat out competitors such as Smith & Wesson and Glock are what the company calls a “unique modular and adoptable design.”

  • The grip can be adjusted to the shooter.
  • The P320 can be converted to fire 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W ammunition.
  • It can be configured for silencers.
  • Multiple sizes of the stainless-steel frame are available.

The Sig Sauer P320 will be produced in New Hampshire and phased in over the next decade, according to Army Times.


You may also be interested in Sig Sauer P250





Browning Hi-Power

Browning High Power

Browning Hi-Power

Belgium Browning Hi-Power 9mm Semi Automatic Handgun FN GP35

For me there are only two pistol designs that fit, function and feel perfect to me and they are both classic designs of John Browning. Those pistols are the 1911 Colt .45  and the Browning Hi-Power 9mm. The Belgium manufactured Browning Hi-Power has long been on my want list from the first time I fired one back in 1992 or so. Over the years I have purchased several  1911 Colt’s but for some reason I never came across the right Browning Hi-Power that appealed to me.


Browning Hi-Power Links

Browning Hi-Power Owners Manual – Here is an old scanned copy of an original Hi-Power Power Owners Manual. If anyone has an older manual to share please contact me and I will upload it.

Date Your Browning Hi-Power Pistol – Determine the age of your Browning Hi-Power Pistol based upon it’s serial number.



 Browning Hi-Power Pistol Specifications

A locked-breech, semi-automatic, single-action, recoil-operated pistol. The Browning Hi-Power Mk I uses a 13-round staggered magazine.

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Length: 197 mm
  • Barrel length: 118 mm
    • length of rifled part: 100 mm
    • number of grooves: 6
    • direction of twist: right
  • Height (without sight, loaded): 127.5 mm
  • Width (with stocks): 36 mm
    • (without stocks): 25.5 mm
  • Weight (with empty magazine): 0.9 kg
    • (with loaded magazine): 1.060 kg
  • Capacity of magazine: 13 cartridges
  • Modes of fire: Single action
  • Muzzle velocity: 350 m/s
    • V12.50: 340 m/s
  • Muzzle energy: 500 J
  • Safeties: Half-cock notch, manual thumb safety, firing pin block, and magazine disconnect
  • Trigger pull: 7.5 lb
  • Effective Range: 50 m
  • Dispersion (firing 10 shots with rest)
    • at 15 meters: 95 mm (height 50 mm, width 45 mm)
    • at 30 meters: 200 mm (height 105 mm, width 95 mm)
    • at 50 meters: 320 mm (height 170 mm, width 150 mm) Zombie Elimination Crew


I am currently looking for input on suitable shoulder holsters for a GLOCK 22 GEN4. Read more here.





GLOCK Inc. is voluntarily exchanging the recoil spring assembly (RSA) on its new Gen4 pistols (with the exception of G26 and G27 models). GLOCK has developed a new design to the recoil spring assemblies on its Gen4 pistols to replace several variations that are functioning in the market today. As part of the company’s commitment to perfection, we are voluntarily exchanging the existing RSA in order to ensure our products perform up to GLOCK’s stringent standards.

GLOCK is replacing the RSA in all Gen4s sold before July 22, 2011 at no cost. Please complete the following procedure to receive a new RSA. The RSA can safely and simply be swapped out using normal field stripping protocols. If you have additional questions, please contact GLOCK at 1-877-745-8523 with your serial number and model number.


  1. Call 1-877-745-8523 with your serial number and model number to request your modified RSA. GLOCK will verify your serial number and collect shipping information
  2. Within 30 days, GLOCK will send you a replacement RSA along with a pre-addressed envelope to mail in your old spring
  3. Ensure your Gen4 is completely unloaded
  4. Field strip your GLOCK per the instructions found in your ‘Instructions for Use’ manual that came with your pistol and replace the old RSA with the new one
  5. Place the old RSA in the supplied shipping container and give to the United States Postal Service (USPS)
Glock Recoil Spring Assembly ID Chart

Glock Recoil Spring Assembly ID Chart



FN FNP 45 TACTICAL – Ordered One Today

Over the past several weeks I began the process to purchase an Advanced Armament (AAC) Ti-RANT 45 SOUND SUPPRESSOR. I dont currently own a .45acp with a threaded barrel so I decided it was time to change that status. Originally i set out to get either an HK 45 or SIG SAUER P220 COMBAT TB. Then a good friend mentioned the FN FNP 45 TACTICAL. After a little bit of research it turned out that his advice was spot on. Today I placed the order.



Non Polymer Sub $600 Quality Handguns?


Smith & Wesson 5904

Smith & Wesson 5904

Over at one of my other sites a new member asked for a full sized handgun recommendation based on the following criteria.

  1. It must be made of metal with a preference for stainless steel
  2. A rail for a laser or tactical light is a must
  3. 9MM
  4. 15 round magazine capacity
  5. Adjustable sights
  6. Needs to look good

His use for the gun is home protection and range shooting.

Upon reading his forum post I thought for a moment and realized that in 2011 a handgun like this no longer exists. Gone are the days of the Generation 3 Smith & Wesson’s and the like. Has it become impossible to manufacturer a handgun to these specifications and price point?

The closest handgun I could come up with is a Beretta 92A1. It get very close to the price point but lacks adjustable sights.


Beretta 92A1 M9  Semi Automatic Handgun

Beretta 92A1 M9 Semi Automatic Handgun


Of course we all know he could be well served with a Glock 17, Smith & Wesson M&P, Springfield Armory XD


Opinions are welcome and encouraged.

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