The M11 And a Supporting Cast
While the M9 (night-time qualification pictured left) gets most of the attention among pistols used by the United States military, it is not the only such pistol used. The United States military has other pistols in service, some of which are old, some not so old.
One of the more common pistols aside from the M9 is the M11. Like the M9, it is a variation on a European “wondernine” pistol. While the M9 was based on the Beretta Model 92, the M11 is based on the SIG Sauer P228. Both pistols fire the 9x19mm NATO round, but their standard magazines are different: The M9 uses a 15-round magazine, while the M11 used a 13-round magazine. The M11A1, first issued in 2012, went with a 15-round magazine.