BREAKING: Winchester Awarded as Ammunition Supplier for the U.S. Army MHS Contract

With Sig Sauer officially winning the XM17 US Army pistol contract, and Glock protesting the outcome of the trials, somebody has to supply the military ammunition. That is where Winchester comes into the picture. They have been selected as the ammunition supplier for the U.S. Army modular handgun system program.

Winchester already supplied the ammunition for all of the testing for the MHS trials. The US Army will now look to them to provide Full-Metal Jacket rounds as well as more Special Purpose ammunition in the future. This will give them plenty to do in the upcoming year by needing to fill both a substantial military obligation and to satisfy civilian consumer demands.

The formal press release announcing their successful bid for the ammunition contract can be read below in full:

Winchester has been awarded as the ammunition supplier for the U.S. Army Modular Handgun System (MHS) program, considered one of the most important military handgun contracts in recent history. Winchester will supply Full Metal Jacket and Special Purpose ammunition in support of the MHS program.

‘This is a significant opportunity for Winchester to continue its steadfast support of the U.S. military, just as we have for decades,’ said Brett Flaugher, President of Winchester Ammunition. ‘We are honored to work with SIG SAUER as part of the MHS contract.’

On January 19, 2017, it was announced that SIG SAUER would be the next supplier of pistols for the United States Army, replacing the M9 pistol, which had been in service members’ holsters since the mid-1980s.

Winchester, a current provider of ammunition to the U.S. government, collaborated with SIG SAUER in supplying ammunition for the rigorous MHS testing. The testing began in August, 2015.

‘Partnering with Winchester to provide the U.S. Military with the Modular Handgun System is a point of pride for each and every employee of SIG SAUER,’ said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, Inc. ‘Winchester has a long history of supporting our service members, and we are honored to collaborate with them on this project.’

So there you have it! The US Army’s pistol will be a SIg Sauer P320 (assuming Glock’s crying goes unheard), and their projectiles of freedom will be loaded by Winchester!





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  • Ron

    That is not really how ammunition supplying for the military works. I could see a one off contract of produced X number of rounds to support this testing regime. You normally are awarded a contract to produce a DODAC and anyone who rates that DODAC could request it.

  • it’s just Boris

    Something I don’t understand here. If Sig was to supply the ammo as well as the pistols and accessories, as per the original contract, why is the army now selecting Winchester? And is this something Sig can protest in turn? What am I missing here?

    • M-dasher

      I really dont know that sig has significant ammo manufacturing capabilities of their own……..so im guessing part of the contract stipulates that they need to work with a 3rd party( winchester) to supply the ammo

      • All of SIG’s JHP and rifle ammo is made by L-Tech Ammunition to SIG USA specs.

        The Winchester ammo might be for use in training or some such.

    • Winchester was SIG-Sauer’s partner in the XM17 MHS bid, as was UTM.

    • Brick

      I am thinking that each submission had to provide ammo so they can’t accuse anybody of rigging the test with “bad” loads.

  • Jim Slade

    To those who would know- Winchester (or the real parent company) still self-manufactures all their own ammo? Lost track on the flowchart of who owns who these days.
    I think FN has a piece of the actual rifle side of the name.

    • Travis

      Olin Corporation sold the rights to the Winchester firearm name to essentially FN a number of years ago. They still produce their own ammo.

  • A.WChuck

    Is Winchester the actual manufacturer of SIG’s ammo?

    • No L-Tech Ammunition in the company making SIG ammo and they are out of Eubank, KY. They make very good defense ammo under their own brand name.

      • A.WChuck

        Thanks. Now to check out L-Tech Ammunition selection…

  • Phillip Cooper

    Could you guys maybe try to go one single day without using “BREAKING” in a story?

    Christ, are we practicing to work for CNN?

    • M-dasher

      Buzzfeed

      • Phillip Cooper

        Good call, that would be far more fitting than CNN.

        Far lower than below the belt, too. Buzzfeed is NOT news, not journalism by any stretch of the imagination.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      TFB reports things that actually happen, so no.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Like the “Bankruptcy” of Gander Mountain which they’ve reported on about 8 times this week, which hasn’t happened??

        • JumpIf NotZero

          BREAKING: it might

          • clampdown

            I’d rather read a million breaking articles on TFB than sift through a bunch of editorial dribble in search of something interesting…

    • No we aren’t but if the story is breaking, just being released or just happened, then we will use breaking in the description. The Winchester story came out late yesterday afternoon.
      Being compared to CNN is a below the belt hit at least to me. I’m actually pretty pleased when I or one of the writers or Steve finds out something before anyone else has posted about it.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Breaking, by how it is correctly supposed to be used implies more information will be coming.

        The entire story is here.

        When all news is breaking, none of it is. You don’t need modifiers to be cool.

  • Twilight sparkle

    There would be little if any effect on the civilian market. Winchester already makes ammo for the military and most is made in a completely different factory from the civilian stuff. if memory serves me right (which it often doesn’t) I’m pretty sure Winchester and federal both have made 5.56 and 9mm out of the lake city arsenal, this new contract would just limit it down to Winchester.

  • Jim Slade

    LOL- does it really matter that somebody’s eventually going to fine-tune a 9mm round for a DOD production sidearm that civs are going to wait for the ‘modular’ .45 flavor of to actually buy?

  • clampdown

    And here I was counting on Lehigh or Liberty!

  • J.T.

    Wasn’t Winchester already a major supplier (if not the primary one) of 9mm for the military?

  • Ed

    Don’t just cast out the Glock protest yet. Look at the USAF tanker trials several years ago. Airbus won, Boeing protested and won. Now we buy new Boeing tankers. It’s not over till it’s over.

    • The question is, what was the reasoning behind the Glock protest, are they grasping at straws or do they have some legitimate reason to protest. There is almost always a protest of large contracts, and a vast majority involve the loser just going through the motions.

      And you can’t compare it to the KC-X protest, as the Boeing protest was legitimate. The USAF never specified what they wanted, did they want a direct KC-135 replacement, or were they looking for something closer to the KC-10 in size? As Boeing was bidding on replacing the KC-135 directly, while Airbus bid with a larger aircraft. And Boeing didn’t just win the contract with their protest being accepted, it started a new round of competition with more detailed requirements.

  • tony

    yup…always the lowest bidder wins

    • cwolf

      Actually not. Many contracts are awarded on technical merit.

  • LGonDISQUS

    OFF TOPIC: What manufacturer was it during the trials that joined up with one of the huge military contractors to help them with the process?

    Thanks in advance~

  • Tetsu Uma

    I’d love to read the RFP and the evaluation factors for this requirement.

  • vietvet656667

    I THINK WHEN THE GOV. GIVES A AN AMMO MAKER A CONTRACT,THEY STOP MAKING AMMO FOR US .
    UNTIL THE CONTRACT IS FILLED, HOMELAND SECURITY DID THE SAME THING AND CREATED A SHORTAGE ..

    • Baggy270

      STOP YELLING

      • vietvet656667

        Your a f moron !

        • Baggy270

          BACK AT YA!

  • William Elliott

    well, given the FTFs I keep having with Winchester White Box, I’m not sure thats a good thing. And before you ask, good solid primer strikes, no bang [Immediate action drill, tap rack bang, back in action]. Happens about once or twice a box of 9mm pistol ammo, and every so often with rifle ammo [rare enough to forget to log it, but common enough for me to notice]
    Good for practicing stoppage drills, not so good if you are in a firefight.

  • cwolf

    More interested in the training kit and training ammunition. Is it Simunition?

    SIG is showing photo of the bid gun as having the optical sight cut.