SIG Sauer has launched a new 9mm +P ammunition line named after the US Military’s new pistol – M17. The M17 9mm ammunition is currently available loaded with either an FMJ or V-Crown JHP projectiles. The former is offered for use in training and the latter is a defensive round. Both bullets have an identical weight of 124 grains.
Besides having the same bullet weight, both the FMJ and JHP bullets of M17 ammunition are also loaded to +P pressure levels and generate identical muzzle velocities (1,198 fps) and muzzle energies (395 ft-lb). This is done intentionally to make both rounds feel and perform similarly thus ensuring a seamless transition from the training to defensive ammunition. In other words, you should not feel any difference when shooting the JHP ammunition in a defensive scenario compared to what you were used to feeling and printing on paper when training with the M17 FMJ ammo. The same concept of having ballistically similar training and defensive rounds (and naming the ammunition after the gun) was earlier executed in SIG 365 9mm ammunition.
The SIG Sauer’s press release quotes Brad Criner, Senior Director Brand Management and Business Development, SIG SAUER Ammunition, who said:
The commercial release of the civilian variant of the U.S. Army’s M17 pistol, the P320-M17, has been a tremendous success. We are excited to have the opportunity to offer the M17 9mm +P to our customers who want to shoot an ammunition that combines high-quality SIG performance with a military-grade +P ammunition.
The V-Crown defensive M17 cartridges are listed on the company’s website at an MSRP of $20.95 for a box of 20. SIG Sauer M17 ammunition with FMJ bullets is sold in boxes of 50 rounds and has an MSRP of $18.95. So the training ammunition costs about $0.38 per round which is almost 2-3/4 times cheaper than the defensive M17 ammo that costs a little more than a dollar per round.
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