The Canadian Armed Forces have taken delivery of the first C22 full frame modular pistols that are based on the Sig Sauer P320.
According to a social media statement, the new pistols are in the hands of Canadian soldiers and training has already started at the Infantry School Gagetown, NB.
The pistols were delivered after the country’s defense ministry announced a $3.2 million contract for M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd. of Victoria for the delivery of the pistols in October 2022.
The initial contract is for 7,000 pistols and holster systems for the Canadian Army. Additional options for up to 9,500 pistols are available under the contract to cover off the remaining requirements for the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy and Military Police.
The C22 full frame modular pistol (Sig Sauer P320) will use the existing ammunition and have similar ballistic performance as the Browning pistol it is replacing. Improvements will include expanded magazine capacity, lighter weight, improved ergonomics, and an indicator identifying whether or not the weapon is loaded – visible from many angles. It will also ensure ambidextrous controls to enable both left and right hand users the ability to operate the weapon effectively.
By purchasing the new pistols, Canada joined Denmark, France, and the United States as the operator of the P320.
“The Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need when they need it. Replacing the Browning 9mm with the C22 full frame modular pistol (Sig Sauer P320) will help ensure the continued operational readiness and effectiveness of all our members. We look forward to the delivery of these new pistols and holster systems in the coming year,” defense minister Anita Anand said announcing the contract award last year.