A unique set of four ceremonial M17 handguns are now serving with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.
Announced earlier this month by Sig Sauer, the quartet of new sidearms replaced ceremonial M9 Berettas used by the squad commanders of the elite Tomb Guard Platoon of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment — the Old Guard — tasked with standing an eternal watch at the Tomb of the Unknows. Named Silence, Respect, Dignity, and Perseverance, after traits and attributes of the Sentinels and their mission, each gun is a modified M17, which is replacing the M9 across the military.
The guns were presented by Sig to the Old Guard at a ceremony on Oct. 11, and have been used by the Tomb Guard’s sergeants ever since. The company said in a statement that they are “incredibly honored to have a place in a deeply humbling historical event.”