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177th Fighter Wing Leadership Qualifies with Sig Sauer P320-M18 Pistol

Senior Master Sgt. Justin Kelley, 177th Operations Squadron C2 operations senior enlisted leader, fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Justin Kelley, 177th Operations Squadron C2 operations senior enlisted leader, fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Members of the 177th Fighter Wing prepare to fire the SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun at a shooting range

Members of the 177th Fighter Wing prepare to fire the SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun at a shooting range Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

A SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun ammunition cartridge is slid into its holster

A SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun ammunition cartridge is slid into its holster Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Pabon, 177th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, walks up a shooting range.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Pabon, 177th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, walks up a shooting range Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the SIG Sauer P320-M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Members of the 177th Fighter Squadron prepare to fire a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun

Members of the 177th Fighter Wing prepare to fire a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Senior Master Sgt. Justin Kelley, 177th Operations Squadron C2 operations senior enlisted leader, fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Justin Kelley, 177th Operations Squadron C2 operations senior enlisted leader, fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Col. Raymond A. Sackman, 177th Fighter Wing inspector general (detail), fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun.

U.S. Air Force Col. Raymond A. Sackman, 177th Fighter Wing inspector general (detail), fires a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Col. Gregory P. Poston II, 177th Operations Group commander, inspects a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun

U.S. Air Force Col. Gregory P. Poston II, 177th Operations Group commander, inspects a SIG Sauer P320-M18 handgun Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

Members of the 177th Fighter Wing carry metal planks.

Members of the 177th Fighter Wing carry metal planks Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

A paper target hangs in a shooting range
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A target hangs in a shooting range Sep. 24, 2021, at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Members of the 177th FW went to the range to qualify for the SIG Sauer P320-M18 and gain the perspective of the Airmen who will carry it. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Hunter Hires)

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Leadership from the 177th Fighter Wing took to the Transportation Security Administration firing range at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. to fire a new service pistol, the SIG Sauer P320-M18 Sep. 24, 2021. 

There were two principals behind the 177th FW leadership firing the M18: qualifying with the weapon themselves, and gaining insight into the experience of the Airmen who will carry it.

After 35 years, the M18 will be the first sidearm to replace the Beretta M9 as the U.S. armed forces service pistol. Both the M17 and M18, built on SIG Sauer’s P320 frame, are built with a removable trigger module that can be mixed and matched with different grips, barrels and slides. This enables Airmen to optimize their M18 for specific scenarios.

“The Air Force is fielding the M18, and that’s why we’re here,” said Capt. Christopher M. Gable, 177th SFS operations officer. “If we expect our Airmen to qualify with it, we should too.”

After qualifying with the M18, 177th FW leadership remarked upon it feeling more modern, and appreciating its modularity, said Gable.

With the advancement from the Beretta M9 to the SIG Sauer P320-M18, the 177th Fighter Wing is modernizing the armament of our Airmen and taking the next step toward the Air Force of the future.

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