The Canadian Army will receive up to 9,500 new pistols under a new US$3.2 million contract to help with the Canadian government’s continued efforts to modernize its military.
Announced on Oct. 7, the new contract has been awarded to M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd. of Victoria, B.C., for the C22 full-frame modular pistol and holster system.
The initial phase of the contract will provide the Canadian Army with 7,000 pistols and holster systems. Then, an additional option is available for up to 9,500 pistols to support any needs of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Military Police.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will begin to receive the pistols in mid-2023.
“The Government of Canada is committed to providing the Canadian Armed Forces with the equipment they need when they need it. Replacing the Browning 9mm with the C22 full frame modular pistol (Sig Sauer P320) will help ensure the continued operational readiness and effectiveness of all our members. We look forward to the delivery of these new pistols and holster systems in the coming year,” said Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence.
A $7.6 Million Contract
According to the Department of National Defence, the contract’s potential value, if all options are used, is $7.6 million (USD).
The contract will include pistols, holster systems, spares, and operator and maintenance training.
“As a result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process, we are pleased to award this contract to M.D. Charlton Co. Ltd., a Canadian distributor of tactical equipment. This contract will provide our troops with modern, reliable pistols and holsters to carry out their work, while supporting economic opportunities for the Canadian defence industry,” said Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada.
About the C22 pistols
According to DND, the C22 Full Frame Modular Pistol is a “battle-proven” pistol currently used by Denmark, France, and the United States.
The pistols will use the existing ammunition and have similar ballistic performance as the Browning pistol currently in use by the Canadian Army. Where it differs from the Browning is its “expanded magazine capacity, lighter weight, improved ergonomics, and an indicator identifying whether or not the weapon is loaded – visible from many angles,” according to DND.
The pistol has ambidextrous controls to allow both left and right-handed members to use the weapon.