SIG Sauer has been integrating their M18, the carry-size military version of their P320 pistol, into DoD elements since winning the XM17 Modular Handgun Competition in 2017. The M18 is one of the two handguns (along with its big brother, the full-size M17) replacing the venerable Beretta M9, as it phases out of service after more than thirty years in the US military’s arsenal. Part and parcel of the adoption of a new weapon system is the need for proper training and education about it.
The Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors who will be issued these handguns need to be familiar and proficient with them – as does anyone else in the law enforcement or civilian worlds who opt to carry a P320-family variant. To this end, SIG has announced a new airsoft version, the Proforce M18. SIG says, “The US Military M18 modular handgun system is now available for the first time in an operational airsoft format developed for the training professional.”
SIG’s official product description and specs are as follows:
The US military’s newest sidearm is now available for the first time in an operational airsoft format developed for the training professional.
Now you can own and train with a piece of history, as SIG SAUER introduces the SIG AIR PROFORCE M18 airsoft training pistol with the same unparalleled look and feel as the U.S. military’s M18. The M18 airsoft training pistol comes in the same coyote tan as selected by the U.S. military.
- Optic Ready Slide with Removable Rear Sight Plate
- Flush Mount Green Gas Magazine
- Field Strippable with Similar Balance and Weight As the Real M18
- Metal Slide Construction with Full Blow-back Action
- (1) 21rd Metal Magazine
- Replica of the US Army M18 Pistol
- Up to 320fps
MODEL – M18 PROFORCE
OPERATING SYSTEM – Green Gas
CALIBER – 6mm Plastic BB
MUZZLE VELOCITY – up to 320 fps
ACCESSORY RAIL – M1913
SIGHTS – Fixed
MAGS INCLUDED – (1) 21rd 6mm BB Mag
OVERALL LENGTH – 7.7 in (195 mm)
WEIGHT (OZ) – 24 oz (680 g)
A look at the other side of the new trainer. With a $179.99 MSRP, the Proforce M18 may not be the cheapest training aid out there, but for the price, you’ll get about as close as possible to SIG’s real thing. Do you own an actual M18, and would you like another tool to work on proficiency outside of the live-fire range? This airsoft copy may be useful to you. If you do purchase one, please comment below to let us know what you think! See you at the range.