.357Sig and the the Military?
Has any branch of the U.S. Military ever issued any sidearm chambered in .357Sig?
I was at my favorite LGS today. I was out for a ride and just stopped in to see if there was anything new(cool) on the shelf since my last stop. As I perused the inventory and asked the occasional question of the owner, a young man came in and asked for a quote on a "Glock 45 SF". He said that he wanted a concealed carry gun in .45acp or "357, like I carried in the service."
I asked what branch of service was issuing .357Sig as I didn't know that it was being used by the military. He said that he was "special Forces/ Green Berets" for the last 15 years until his "hummer took a mortar in Iraq" and he got shrapnel in his back.
This guy was a fairly big guy and looked like he may have been in fighting shape in the past. He didn't look to me like a disabled special forces soldier, more like a football player gone to seed. He may have been old enough to have 15 years service, but just barely.
I didn't say anything and the LGS owner didn't either but we gave each other the eyebrow and smirk. Now, I'm certainly not an "operator" of any kind but I have more than a few years in the Army and the AFR. I have a few acquaintances who are legitimate SF, bad dudes. Not a one of them would have talked the way this guy did. It's not so much what he said but the way he said it.
I could be wrong. He may be exactly what he claimed. But my question still stands.
Has any Branch or or special op ever issued .357Sig as a side arm?