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I wanted one of the M45a1 Colts when they were released but missed out. I find this want to miss out on these and I picked this up from Jeremy @ Chicken Dinner Arms.( great to deal with by the way!)
I liked these even before Sig got the contract and be an actual US martial arm makes it even better. The pistol looks like it was hardly used, except one mag that’s named and banged up. Really happy with this one.
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How come these are on the market? Aren't they current military issue? It's taken 75 years for them to release WWII surplus 1911s through the CMP while these SIGs are still warm from the desert heat. What gives?
 
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where’s all the Berettas the Sigs are replacing?
What I’ve been wondering too. In “storage” somewhere (like the 1911s) I’m guessing.

The 1911s in military service for ~75 years. The Berettas in military service for ~32 years. The Sig’s in military service coming up on 3 years. (And they’re already available to Joe Citizen? ...interesting)
 

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It's certainly in good condition.
 
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How come these are on the market? Aren't they current military issue? It's taken 75 years for them to release WWII surplus 1911s through the CMP while these SIGs are still warm from the desert heat. What gives?
From what I have read the ones being sold, approximately 3,000 units, are part of the original 5,000 first issue pistols, some call them trials pistols, that Sig says the Army sent back to have the controls changed to black which is apparently the new spec. Sig opted to swap them out instead and release the returned ones to the public like Colt did with the 1,000 or so M45a1s that came from the Marines.
Think about it, if you could buy one of the first 5,000 issued 1911’s, Garand’s or M1 carbines would you? Not saying these will be as collectible or valuable as one one those, but the Providence is there and the potential.
 

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From what I have read the ones being sold, approximately 3,000 units, are part of the original 5,000 first issue pistols, some call them trials pistols, that Sig says the Army sent back to have the controls changed to black which is apparently the new spec. Sig opted to swap them out instead and release the returned ones to the public like Colt did with the 1,000 or so M45a1s that came from the Marines.
Think about it, if you could buy one of the first 5,000 issued 1911’s, Garand’s or M1 carbines would you? Not saying these will be as collectible or valuable as one one those, but the Providence is there and the potential.
This is essentially the correct story. Other than the controls switched to black color, the slide also received a modification to the treatment resulting in a color that better matches the frame (same as the Commercial P320 M17/M18 slides) and is more durable (I believe the new coating is PVD but don't quote me).

There are some crazy prices for these things on various forums and GB as well....I got the pick of a litter of 5 at my LGS, at the suggested retail price of $699. I think once the hysteria dies down, given that there isn't another large batch the floods the market, these will probably sell fairly consistently in the $1000 range, give or take.
 
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