SIG has announced that they have built four ceremonial M17 pistols to be presented to the Tomb Guard Sentinels that have the honor of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The features carved into the pistol pay homage to the traditions that surround the Tomb.
The ceremonial M17 pistols to be presented have a high polish aluminum frame with Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance engraved into the dust cover.
The roman numeral XXI or 21 used for the cocking serrations is a reference to the prominence of the number in much of the Tomb Guard Sentinel’s duties. Each pass down the 63-foot black mat laid across the tomb requires the Sentinel to take 21 steps south, the guard then turns east to the Tomb and faces it for 21 seconds, then turns north and changes the rifle to the outside