SIG Sauer's New Polymer Striker Fired P320 Pistol. Yes, Striker fired

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For most of the past thirty years, if you wanted a modern hammer fired all-metal combat pistol with a double stack mag, one of the things you thought most about was a SIG. Well, the company is switching this up a bit and has just introduced a very Glocky new gun.

The P320

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(The P250 used a firecontrol unit that could be swapped around various frames and slides. The P320 continues this, but changes it up)

A few years back SIG brought out the P250, which was a polymer-framed pistol with a modular trigger pack. What people hated about the gun was that it had a funky and overly brutal DAO hammer fired set up. Well, SIG fixed this on their new P320, introduced this week at the SHOT show.

Customization

Its trigger group comes in two variants like the new Walther series pistols to give the shooter the option of the Glock-style tab or not. The pretensioned striker on the gun, according to those who have given it a test drive, a short, crisp trigger pull with a quick reset. If you are used to the myriad of levers on a DA/SA hammer fired P226, etc., the lack of surface controls is a little different since no safety-decock is needed here. However, SIG can add a manual safety if the customer desires.

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A cool feature is that by swapping slides and barrels, the owner can shoot 9 mm, .40S&W or .357SIG. The possibility of doing this with .45ACP is promised coming later in the year.
Night sights are standard, unlike many of the competitors in the same $700 MSRP price range, which is a bonus. The mag release can be switched around for lefties as in the older P-series guns. SIG's standard Nitron coating is in full effect on the steel slide.

The gun uses three different grips like the S&W M&P and Gen 4 Glock, to allow shooters with different palm swells to be able to get a better fit. Overall, the gun has a very HK USP look to it but a SIG name.



Standard fieldstripping is accomplished like the rest of the P-series pistols but with some extra features. The gun's 3-point safety take down system will not allow the weapon to be broken down with the mag in the chamber, slide locked open, and (unlike some guns like the Springfield XD) without pressing the trigger, thus theoretically ensuring there is no round in the chamber when breaking down the weapon.

If you already an old P250 owner, rejoice because its takes the same mags and grip frames as that legacy gun.

The gun will be in two baseline variants, Carry and Full Size

Specs

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P320 Full-Size
  • Caliber 9mm, .357SIG, .40S&W
  • Action Type Striker
  • Trigger Pull 5.5 7.5 lbs
  • Overall Length 8.0 in
  • Overall Height 5.5 in
  • Overall Width 1.4 in
  • Barrel Length 4.7 in
  • Sight Radius 6.6 in
  • Weight w/Mag 29.4 oz.
  • Mag Capacity (9mm) 17 Rounds, (.357SIG,.40S&W) 14 Rounds
  • Sights SIGLITE Night Sights
  • Grips Interchangeable Polymer Grip Modules
  • Frame Finish One-piece Stainless Steel
  • Slide Finish Nitron
  • Accessory Rail M1913 Rail
  • Features Interchangeable grip modules, sizes and calibers
  • MSRP $713.00

P320 Carry
  • Caliber 9mm, .357SIG, .40S&W
  • Action Type Striker
  • Trigger Pull 5.5 7.5 lbs
  • Overall Length 7.2 in
  • Overall Height 5.1 in
  • Overall Width 1.3 in (Std. Grip)
  • Barrel Length 3.9 in
  • Sight Radius 5.8 in
  • Weight w/Mag 26.9 oz.
  • Mag Capacity (9mm) 15 Rounds (.357SIG,.40S&W)
  • Sights SIGLITE Night Sights
  • Grips Interchangeable Polymer Grip Modules
  • Frame Finish One-piece Stainless Steel
  • Slide Finish Nitron
  • Accessory Rail M1913 Rail
  • Features Interchangeable modules, grip sizes and calibers
  • MSRP $713.00

Our thoughts

In a world full of polymer framed, striker-fired, double-stack mag combat guns with a big name behind it, SIG is coming into this fight a little late. Glock, S&W, HK, Springfield, CZ, and Walther have all had entries in this battle royale for generations and seem to be rolling with the punches. To compete, SIG needs something new, which they may have with this guns lineage, apparent simplicity, customization possibilities and built in safety features. Budget lines from SAR and Taurus still eat this gun for breakfast pricewise but they don't pack the same gear as SIG does when it comes to LE sales and brand recognition.

SIGs last polymer framed gun, the P250, which used a similar trigger pack and grip module arrangement, was not very popular. This gun is different as it is striker fired rather than hammer fired, which may prove a better fit, especially with the capability to change calibers on the same frame. However, Glock has long had this feature with aftermarket barrels by Lone Wolf and others switching a Glock 22 in .40S&W over to fire 9mm in about two minutes for $100.

The proof will come in pricing, which is on par with Glock, S&W and XD while being a little lower than rival HK, and how the public takes to the gun compared to what is already out there.

Watch this space.

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