The Striker Fired Sig P320: Glock Who?
beaver tail, that allows the shooter to drive their hand high into the backstrap. New shooters may have a bit more muzzle flip on the 320 than other striker guns that have a lower bore, but I think it would be a very minor difference given the new Sig's ergonomics. It's safe to say that the 320 offers very stable, predictable recoil behavior. The particular 320 we shot for our video was the full size model, touting a nice 4.7" barrel. That is about 1/2" longer than most other full sized guns in this category, and the length is noticable when looking at the gun. Perhaps the extra barrel length is noticed mainly by the long accessory rail, but when handling and shooting the gun you won't find any perceptible weight difference. The full size Sig 320 would make for a great service/duty weapon, as the longer barrel could serve as more of a benefit than a detriment. For concealed carry that is a different story. Since producing my video review of the P320, I had the opportunity to shoot both the full size, and compact, models side by side. The compact 320 runs exactly like it's big brother, and recoil is equally smooth and minimal. The compact, or Carry model, has a 3.9" barrel which is average for it's class as a compact defensive pistol. Although the 320 Carry isn't a small enough frame size to dramatically increase the recoil of a 9mm, Sig does offer it in .40 and .357SIG, which could be more of a challenge for some. I have yet to see a 320/320 Carry chambered in anything but 9mm, which is my preferred round anyways, but in some lines of work you may want or be required to select the other calibers. In my opinion, the additional caliber options will only help the striker fired Sig be competitive. And, as I noted earlier, the entire gun is modular so changing calibers on the 320 is a breeze. Mildly tipping the scales at a starting MSRP of $669, the Sig P320 is again, right where it should be to contend with reigning striker fired "benchmark" guns. The price will vary depending on frame size and caliber, but it looks like Sig will keep them competitive. Additionally, I was told to expect the P250-to-320 conversion kits to be somewhere around $300. This means that current P250 owners can easily, and affordably, change the action type of their gun on the fly. I was very happy to see the price point of the 320, as we all know, Sig guns are typically a bit more expensive than some of the other brands. I will say that you get what you pay for, and ultimately for a defensive gun I'd rather spend "too much" as opposed to not enough (and wind up with a gun that fails when I need it). However, with the Sig P320 you're not only getting what you pay for, but a whole lot more. My personal philosophy is the opposite of any kind of gun collector. I want one or two guns for each application I have and I want them to perform without failure. That being said, the new Sig P320 has proven itself to be everything the company is known for and earned a spot on the short list of guns I may need to acquire. Sig Sauer...went it counts. Copyright 2014