Months after the Army started distributing its new Modular Handgun System to soldiers, the other service branches are following its lead and buying thousands of the new sidearms for themselves.
The latest confirmation comes from the Air Force, which told Military.com on Thursday that it planned to buy 130,000 of the weapon to replace its current 9 mm M9 pistols. The Air Force released photos of its personnel performing some intense tests on the weapon in December.
An Air Force spokeswoman said the service planned to purchase the M18, which is the compact version of the weapon, as its standard handgun. The M17 is the full-size version.
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