Tag Archives: P320

Shooting Sports Showcase?

This week, I had a chance to be on the ground in Northern Alabama for the annual Shooting Sports Showcase.

The Showcase is hosted by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, the Professional Outdoor Media Association, and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Held on the ranges of the massive CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, this year’s event was the second of its kind, following up on last year’s inaugural show.

Photo dump ensues:

More here, after the jump. 

Air Force Looks to go more Compact on its Sigs

The hallmark of the Army’s 2016 Modular Handgun System contract was to be able to use the selected pistol in a lot of different roles, and the Air Force is taking that to heart. The service, which fields some 125,000 M18 pistols, a mid-size variant of Sig Sauer’s P320, is seeking to order at least 3,000 kits that will convert them to this bad boy.

Sig introduced the P320 XCompact in 2019— after the Army had already selected the M17 and M18 MHS pistols. It sports a small profile, just 7-inches long overall, while still providing an optics plate, accessory rail, beavertail grip, and double-stack 15-shot mags. Overall length is 7-inches while height is 5.3-inches. Weight is 25.3-ounces.

As the “heart” of the P320 is a serialized fire control group that can be swapped between grip modules, by ordering a kit with the 3.6-inch barrel and loaded slide, along with the shorter grip of the XCarry, the USAF can get an essentially a shorty new pistol without having to jump through the hoops of having to actually acquire an entire shorty new pistol. Welcome to modularity.

More in my column at Guns.com.

SIG Goes Spectre

New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer recently debuted a pair of new pistols from their Custom Works program, the P320 XCOMPACT Spectre and P365XL Spectre.

Both Spectre series pistols are 9mm striker-fired handguns that feature the all-new LXG Grip Module with laser engraving on all four sides, a deep trigger undercut, and extended beavertail. The Spectre slide has a distressed finish and custom lightening cuts. Both include XSERIES flat triggers, XRAY3 Day/Night sights, and optics-ready slides.

And they don’t look all that bad.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Turns Out, People Like Pistols

Out of the thousands of firearms that Guns.com sold this year, the most popular category was for semi-auto handguns, which is not surprising as that category has consistently seen the highest production numbers by the domestic firearms industry for the past several years.

Want to take a guess at the top 10?

Spoiler alert: it includes a single Taurus and Ruger, two Sig Sauers, two S&Ws, and four Glocks…

Sig is getting really close to marking 6th gen pistol territory

So in my mind, there have been at least five solid generations of semi-auto pistols.

The 1st gen was the experimental guns such as the Roth–Theodorovic, Mars, and Borchardt C-93.

The 2nd Gen were guns like the Luger, FN 1900 et. al that worked great on the drawing board and sold well but would prove lackluster under field conditions.

The 3rd Gen was the follow-on guns of the 1910s-1950s such as the Colt M1911, Walther P-38, Sig P210, S&W 39, etc. that were much better than their predecessors and are still often in circulation as new construction clones today.

Then came the 4th Gen double-stacks like the Browning Hi-Power, CZ 75, S&W 59, Beretta 92 and the like. These are now classic “old school” designs that are much-loved and will likely still be produced by someone, somewhere, for the next 50 years.

The 5th Gen guns are the plastic “Combat Tupperware” from the innovative HK VP70 through the Glocks of today and so forth. These are now standard.

Now, I really think we are in the 6th Generation.

We are now looking at modular framed guns that use swappable (serialized) fire control units to move from size to size to size. Formerly, the “gun” was the frame. Now, the frame is like Legos. Add to this the factory standard feature of an RMR cut and plate system on the slide for optics and it really is unlike past generations. Like it or not, optics on handguns are the way of the future.

Sig Sauer has really been pushing this with their P250 and follow-on P320 series guns, which have been adopted by the Pentagon as the M17/M18 Modular Handgun System.

Now, they have turned out a very nice compact gun in the line that has tons of high-end features– front and rear serrations, flat-faced trigger, optics plate with standard night sight rear, modular frame systems, double-stack 15+1 flush fit mags– you know, all the cool stuff that is often done after the fact.

Best yet, this gun, the XCompact P320, sports an overall length of 7-inches and weighs in at 25.3-ounces, which is the same territory as the Glock 19, the benchmark for a carry gun.

I dig it.

Have my name on “the list” to T&E one to see if they live up to my expectations.

More in my column at Guns.com

VASP Rolling Sig Deep

The Virginia State Police, established in 1932, is composed of three bureaus, with over 2,100 sworn troopers and special agents. Since moving out of the revolver game in the 1980s they briefly flirted with S&W 1076s (yup, big ole 10mm Autos) before adopting first the Sig P228 and then the P229 (which they currently carry in spicy .357S).

However, the new kid on the block, starting next year, is the modular P320, which Sig has done all up pretty for them.

More in my column at Guns.com.

This can’t be good for the Army’s XM17 program

The U.S. Army earlier this year awarded a contract estimated as being worth up to $500 million for the Modular Handgun System (XM17 & XM18 pistols). The winner of the competition was a variant of the Sig Sauer Model P320.

Now Andrew Tuohy with Omaha Outdoors (yes, the VuurwapenBlog guy who tested FireClean and said it was basically Crisco) found the P320 under certain conditions will go boom when dropped at some angles and with some triggers.

Yikes.

And did I mention that a Stamford cop is suing Sig in federal court because he picked up a bullet from his holstered P320 after it went off when dropped?

Double Yikes.