On 8 November, SIG Sauer, Inc. announced the Norwegian Police having selected the SIG Sauer P320 X-Series as the standard service pistol for select agencies within their organisation. The Norwegian Police is comprised of 8,000 police officers and 8,000 civilian personnel responsible for domestic law enforcement, border control, coordinating search and rescue operations, counter-terrorism, highway patrol, judicial orders, criminal investigation and prosecution.
On 25 June, SIG Sauer announced the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected the SIG P320 X-CARRY to replace their standard service pistol covering the Danish Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Story here. MONCh broke the story on 13 April 2018, for more see here.
The Norwegian Police conducted a very demanding, rigorous and stressful testing protocol that lasted several weeks with firearms from multiple manufacturers. Testing for accuracy, speed, performance and ergonomics was conducted by select agencies within the Norwegian Police with whom the pistol would be in service with, and a third party was used for evaluating technical qualities. In all areas, the P320 X-Series outperformed the competition, making it the pistol of choice for those agencies.
“We are honoured to earn the confidence of the Norwegian Police through their selection of the P320 X-Series as their standard service pistol,” Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, Inc., explained. “We initially developed and engineered the P320 pistol for service with the military and law enforcement agencies. Since its introduction, it has been adopted by some of the most elite military and law enforcement agencies across the globe including the US Army as the M17. We are very proud to add the specialised forces of the Norwegian Police to this list of elite agencies, and we look forward to developing and expanding this partnership.”