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Sig Presents Unique M17 Handguns to the Old Guard

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberPosts: 5,794 Senior Member
edited October 2018 in General Firearms #1
Sig is presenting specially built M17's to the 3rd Infantry Regiment. They look to be made with highly polished steel and aluminum to fit with their mostly ceremonial purpose. I'm somewhat indifferent about this, but I suppose having the sentinels standing guard armed with a tan pistol would look a bit odd. With that said, since they use M14's, this role probably could have been filled with old 1911's with a new bluing job and wood grip panels. 

The guns do look neat. I wonder what a ceremonial Glock would have looked like!



http://soldiersystems.net/2018/10/03/sig-sauer-to-present-ceremonial-m17-pistols-to-u-s-armys-3rd-u-s-infantry-regiment-the-old-guard-for-the-tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,288 Senior Member
    I agree that a polished 1911A1 with nice wood grips would be more appropriate
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,803 Senior Member
    I think the dedication of the duty personnel is likely more important. Whatever guns they're told to use will look good.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,846 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    I agree that a polished 1911A1 with nice wood grips would be more appropriate
    I agree also - but with that said, this Sig is a fine looking pistol!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • DanChamberlainDanChamberlain Senior Member Posts: 3,395 Senior Member
    Anyone who does that job should get to keep the gun when their tour is finished. 
    It's a source of great pride for me, that when my name is googled, one finds book titles and not mug shots. Daniel C. Chamberlain
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,068 Senior Member
    A truly impressive group of Soldiers.
    Some have made comments about how they only look good. My reply was imagine a team that works that close and well together attacking you in the dark.
    I had the honor of supporting them for a short time. Their support is synchronized as close as their drills. Cars, vans and busses arrive exactly on time, just like their ceremonial movements. Any sidearm they utilize will look and function perfectly.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,342 Senior Member
    That’s the best looking Sig I’ve seen in........ever. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,550 Senior Member


    The guns do look neat. I wonder what a ceremonial Glock would have looked like!

    This.....

    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,342 Senior Member
    edited October 2018 #9
    I will quote a friend of
    mine from several years back, “We use a 1911 for comps or dog & pony shows. We go to war with a Glock.”

    And they still do. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,335 Senior Member
    I'm kinda torn on the whole "ceremonial dress" thing.  When I'm King, generals and admirals will be wearing theater-appropriate BDU's and utilities with subdued patches to Presidential banquets, under the assumption that the clothing worn for their stated purpose of killing people and breaking things is as honorable as any, and ceremonial-post weapons will be standard Parkerized for exactly the same reason.

    That said, a bling version of the standard pistol makes more sense than a totally different gun.
    WWJMBD?

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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,794 Senior Member
    cpj said:
    Zee said:
    That’s the best looking Sig I’ve seen in........ever. 
    Second for me. Their $2000 9mm is better to me. 
    But it IS damn sexy. Is the magazine not inserted all the way?
    You're talking about the Sig P210. That's a grail gun of mine, but at those prices it doesn't fit my current "less is more, function first" kick. There's a Made in USA Sig P210 "Legend" available for less now, but they changed up the lockwork to cheapen manufacturing, so I'm not interested. I want the real McCoy. 

    As far as the mag in the photo, it has an extension for 21rds capacity. 
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,229 Senior Member
    edited October 2018 #12
    Zee said:
    I will quote a friend of
    mine from several years back, “We use a 1911 for comps or dog & pony shows. We go to war with a Glock.”

    And they still do. 
    And the 71+ years of service BEFORE the Glock came along is just an anomaly? 
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,342 Senior Member
    Lack of better choices I guess.

    😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,846 Senior Member
    cpj said:
    That’s it. The 210. 

    IMO the most sexy pistol ever built. 


    It ain’t 2 large sexy, but to *me* there’s no handgun worth 2 large. 
    I won't go as far as to say the "most" sexy, but that's a darn fine lookin' pistol. Now I wanna shoot one!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,518 Senior Member
    cpj said:
    You bought a high point covered in hundred dollar bills. Your opinion on the looks of firearms is invalid. 
    Not invalid.  We should always consider it.  Then do the opposite. 
    Overkill is underrated.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,846 Senior Member
    cpj said:
    You bought a high point covered in hundred dollar bills. Your opinion on the looks of firearms is invalid. 
    Still looks better than a Glock!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,972 Senior Member
    Sig does make some nice pistols
  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,815 Senior Member
    For information only,  it's only the 1st Bn of the 3rd Inf that guards the tomb.  I was in the 2/3 in Viet Nam and I think the 2/3 is now re-deployed.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
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