Thai police tool up with 12,500 new guns

Thai police set to be armed like American cops as 12,500 new guns arrive

The Royal Thai Police Force have ordered 12,500 new state of the art handguns similar to those used by American cops.

Thailand police are determined to tackle the country’s growing crime problem, by flooding the country with 12,500 new lethal weapons.

The top of the range, German made, Sig Sauer P320 weapons have started arriving in the Kingdom.

Somyot “Big Ort” Phumphanmuang, the former head of the national police, revealed recently he had visited the Sig Sauer factory in order to inspect the first large consignment of 5000 guns, which is expected to arrive on August 2, 2017.

Another 7,500 are due to be delivered on August 22, 2017.

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The German made handgun is designed to meet the requirements for the XM17 Modular Handgun System competition.

Modifications include:

  • Slide cut out to facilitate the addition of a reflex sight[9]

  • Ambidextrous thumb safety

  • Loaded chamber indicator

  • Improved slide sub-assembly to capture small components when disassembled

  • Improved trigger “mud flap” to prevent foreign debris from entering the pistol action

  • 117 mm barrel length in full size, 99 mm in compact

  • chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum (can be adapted to fire larger calibers like .357 SIG and .40 S&W)

  • Pistols chambered in 9mm can feature a 17-round magazine in standard with optional 21-round extended magazines available.

On January 19, 2017, it was announced that the SIG Sauer P320 MHS variant had won the United States Military’s Modular Handgun System trials. The P320 is known as the M17 in U.S. Military service.

Though the pistol will remain chambered in 9×19mm rather than a larger caliber, the contract allows the Army and other services to procure Sig Sauer’s proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket and XM1153 Special Purpose ammunition.

The ammunition chosen to go with the pistol is a ‘Winchester jacketed hollow point’ round. In May 2017, the Army announced that the first unit that will receive the M17 would be the 101st Airborne Division by the end of the year.

At the same time, the rest of the U.S. Armed Forces revealed they also intend to acquire the handgun, making it the standard sidearm for the entire U.S. military. – BangkokJack News Team

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