It seems that SIG Sauer is on a roll. After the US Army, Tampa PD, and most recently, Jackson PD and the Texas Department of Safety announced their choice for their new duty pistol was the SIG Sauer P320, another agency has followed suit – Denmark’s Ministry of Defense. After announcing their search for a new pistol to issue to their armed forces in November of last year, the Danish MoD has shortlisted these pistols for evaluation: Canik’s TP9, the Glock 17 (Gen5), Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 2.0, SIG Sauer’s P320 and the Beretta APX. Note that Denmark wasn’t only looking for a full-size duty pistol, but also a compact handgun. Approximately nine months after the bidding, Denmark’s MoD has spoken; the SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry will be issued to the Danish Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Forces. Perhaps Denmark’s adoption of the SIG P320 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since the pistol they’re replacing is another SIG Sauer pistol, the SIG P210. Designated by the Danish Military as the M/49, this pistol has actually been Denmark’s service pistol since 1949, so it’s safe to say this upgrade is long overdue.
Denmark’s SIG P210 is chambered in 9mm Parabellum, has a single-stack 8-round magazine and lacks ambidextrous controls, making it clear why their MoD should seek to replace the SIG P210; as fine a pistol it may be, the SIG P210 could come up short for its servicemen in a firefight, since most engagements today will most likely involve striker-fired, high-capacity pistols. Not all of Denmark’s army units used the antiquated pistol, though – Danish Special Forces, the Jaegerkorpset was actually issued the Heckler & Koch USP9 SD, but they, along with other special ops groups, canine units and military police will eventually switch to the winning SIG P320 X-Carry. Denmark may be late in upgrading their service pistol, but they’re the first European and NATO member-country to date to adopt the SIG P320. In a press release, representatives of SIG Sauer said: “SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Danish Ministry of Defense (MoD) has selected the SIG SAUER P320 X-Carry to replace their standard service pistol covering the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command (SOCOM)… The procurement process for the Danish MoD’s new standard service pistol lasted four weeks in which the Glock 17 Gen 5, Beretta APX, Canik TP 9 SF, and the SIG P320 X-Carry, were tested under all possible conditions and varying circumstances that the pistol would be used. Testing for accuracy, night shooting, and field testing were conducted by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and SOCOM.”
Tom Elvius-Brisson, the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization’s Chief of Weaponry Branch, shared why the SIG P320 X-Carry emerged as the winner: “the P320 X-Carry pistol is the modern firearm we were looking for to support our soldiers. The P320 X-Carry has a larger magazine capacity, comes reflex red-dot-ready for sighting, and has the ability to incorporate a suppressor – all extremely important features to our soldiers for their sidearm today and are all features which were missing on the current pistol in service in the Danish Defense.” The standard-issue P320 the Danish Ministry of Defense will supply its troops may not be so “standard”, as it’ll come with a variety of upgrades. Their new pistols will have the enhanced X-Carry polymer grip, flat trigger, extended beaver tail, extended removable magwell, deep trigger guard undercut, XRAY 3 Night-Sights with the option to switch to reflex sights, striker safety, disconnect safety and optional manual safety. The X-Carry is of course shorter than the standard P320 of the US Army, with a barrel length of only 3.9 inches. It’s unknown exactly how many units the Danish Ministry of Defense intends to purchase, but the contract states that the value is set at 25 million Danish Krone or $3.89 million.