Review: Sig Sauer P-320

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Sig has certainly jumped forward of other companies in the polymer gun market. With it’s modular design the 320 can be configured to fit just about any shooter at a reasonable cost. When looking through the Sig Pro Shop you see one wall with a lot of different frames from compact to full size as well as assorted grip sizes. The price runs $59.00 for a bare frame. It’s worth noting that grips from the 250 will work with the 320.

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When the owner purchases a new component it’s very simple to remove the internal chassis and mount it in the new frame. The same goes for the slide and caliber. Choose your caliber, purchase the slide and barrel put it on your frame and you essentially have a new pistol. The cost varies but to change calibers the average cost will run approx. $350.00 which is still less expensive than purchasing a new pistol. One of the better aspects of the P320 is what ATF considers to be “the” gun. The internal chassis is the gun according to ATF. The chassis is the serialized part that goes on the 4473. Simply this means when an owner buys one gun with the chassis he or she is able to purchase any combination of parts without dealing with additional paperwork.

This is your gun!

This is your gun!

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The Sig Academy provided us with full size P-320’s in 9mm which we carried for half the day as we went through various drills on the academy ranges.

Specs

Caliber 9mm, .40 S&W
Action Type Striker Fired DAO
Trigger Pull DA 5.5 – 7.5 lbs
Trigger Pull SA NA
Overall Length 8.0 in / 203 mm
Overall Height 5.5 in / 140 mm
Overall Width 1.4 in / 35.5 mm
Barrel Length 4.7 in / 119 mm
Sight Radius 6.6 in / 168 mm
Weight w/Mag 29.4 oz / 833 g
Mag Capacity 9mm 17 Rounds, .40 S&W 14 Rounds
Sights SIGLITE® Night Sights
Grips Interchangeable Polymer
Frame Finish Stainless Insert
Slide Finish Nitron®
Accessory Rail Yes
Features Quick and safe take-down with no tools or trigger manipulation required, Double-Action striker fire operating system, SIGLITE® Night Sights. Comes with 2 magazines.
MSRP $669.00-$713.00
CA Compliant No
MA Compliant No

The P-320 is an easy pistol to carry all day weighing in at just less than 30 ounces. The pistol overall is very smooth with no sharp edges. I did find that the grips were a bit slick after some time on the range. The standard size grip felt very comfortable in my hand, but sweaty hands can be problematic however. After being on the range for a good while in the summer heat the grip is a little slippery. Of course there are many companies that specialize in stripling Glocks and M&Ps so there’s no reason why the same treatment wouldn’t work on the P-320.

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As with all Sigs the shooters hand sits fairly low from the barrel centerline. I found the P-320 to have a higher grip and fits somewhere between a Glock and M&P in comparison. The grip angle is just about perfect and I found the 320 to be a natural pointer.

As far as accuracy the P-320 excels. I was actually rather surprised since I’ve become rather used to polymer pistols capable of good combat accuracy but nothing you would want to use for precision shots. Not so with the Sig. This pistol is very accurate.

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The trigger pull is very good (5.5 pounds) and is far better than any other polymer striker fired pistol I’ve shot. Its only rival would be the M&P with the full APEX aftermarket trigger setup. Speaking of the trigger it doesn’t have the appearance of the usual polymer pistol trigger. The trigger has no center trigger safety. It’s a standard trigger smoothly finished. I understand from our conversations a Glock like trigger will be an option in the future.

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There’s really nothing about this Sig I would change with the exception of a more aggressive grip finish and a manual safety. I don’t consider the lack of a manual safety to be a deal breaker however.

The P-320 is a polymer pistol worth checking out and one I enjoyed shooting a good deal. I can promise you should the search for a new military handgun goes forward you’ll see the Sig P-320 right in the competition.


Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I’m the Associate Editor and moderator at TFB. I really enjoy answering readers questions and comments. We can all learn from each other about our favorite hobby!


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  • fmonk

    Maybe post a video that isn’t private?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Sorry about that–I’ll change it

  • Andy

    Why is the bore axis so high on this? I’m sure they were trying to cut costs by salvaging the P250, but the high bore axis was not something that needed to be carried over.

    Also, having to replace entire lower frames isn’t something I would call “modular.” Take a page from the P30.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      The lower is indeed a modular part. The entire part is polymer that the chassis fits into. The only reason to change would be to make your pistol a compact or some other size than what you have.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      If you check the video I think you’ll see the bore axis isn’t as high as the photos may look. My hand sits pretty high.

    • 360_AD

      The P226 also has a high bore axis and getting accurate shot placement is never an issue with it.

      • Paladin

        Bore axis doesn’t affect accuracy, it increases muzzle flip, slowing down follow-up shots. The ideal handgun would have a barrel directly in line with the shooters wrist, thereby eliminating any muzzle flip. The Russians actually made a competition pistol with this configuration.

        • Cymond

          And don’t forget the Italian Mateba MTR-8 revolver.

          • Paladin

            The Mateba revolvers have low bore axis, but not MTs 3-1 low. The designer Mikhail Margolin, who was blind BTW, flipped the action upside down to put the barrel perfectly in line with the shooters wrist. The Russians used these in the Melbourne Olympics, and they were subsequently banned for being too good.

          • Alexey

            MTs 3-1’s designer was Petr Sheptarskiy. His design was based on Margolin’s pistol.

          • Paladin

            Huh, I guess you learn something new every day. I had heard it was a Margolin.

          • mig1nc

            Oh, I want one! Looks as low as the Chiappa Rhino. Which I also want.

          • Cymond

            Same designer, Emilio Ghisoni

      • Sulaco

        Actually it is for a lot of shooters. The standard SIG high bore axis means the pistols always feel top heavy and clumsy (exception is their 1911 clone) at least to me and I know I am not alone on the range when I discuss this with other shooters.

    • richard scalzo

      You don’t replace the “lower frame”. The grip module changes and that’s less than $50.00.

  • USMC03Vet

    I’m thinking of replacing my German 2022 with a p320. That trigger/firing group makes the gun look like an absolute dream to clean. Wish I could get one of these on the range to try out.

    No barrel change between .357 sig and .40?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      We didn’t clean them but I would think it would be super easy. Remove the chassis and spray it down,wipe it off and lube then place it back in the frame. Shouldn’t be much to it.
      I think most people will like it. I really like the trigger pull. Short take up and reset. It’s worth a rental if you have a range like that in your area.

      • 360_AD

        I owned a P250 and cleaning was exactly as you said. For the P250 Sig offered caliber exchange kits. I imagine they’d do the same for the 320 eventually.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          I’m sure they will and sooner rather than later

  • FourString

    Might be useful for Cali when SSE expires by the end of the year. I.e. import serialized part, add modular components over time even after SSE expires. Or even get the Cali post-SSE microstamped version and replace with out of state parts?

    • Cymond

      But without SSE, how will people in California get it in the first place? The only way would be PPT from people bringing them with them when they move into the state, and interfamiliar transfers from out-of-state parents or children.

      • FourString

        Yes, I meant if you got one in by the end of the year :T

      • Steve_7

        What do you mean by “interfamiliar” transfers? Interstate transfers of handguns are prohibited, period, except through FFLs. Or by bequest, which means you have to die first.

        • Cymond

          I’m addressing the issue of the California “roster of handguns” that are the only handguns permitted to be sold (or transferred) in the state. There is an exception to the roster for gifts from direct bloodline relatives – parents & children. Hence, I cannot buy any pistol that is not on the roster, but my mother on the east-coast can give me an off-roster pistol as a gift. Yes, it must still go to a FFL in CA, but it is no longer bound by the roster.
          One of the other exemptions to the roster is a sale between 2 private parties who are both California residents (which STILL goes through a FFL, 10-day wait, registration). The advantage is that if someone has an old pistol, they can still sell it. I can’t buy a Luger from a gun shop, but I can buy one from my neighbor or someone on the internet. Also, people can bring off-roster pistols when they move to CA, assuming the pistol is legal. I brought a STI Spartan 9mm with me when I moved to California and registered it with the DOJ using a special form.

          http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

          • Steve_7

            I was going to say, even if the State of California allows it, the Abramski case makes it clear you can’t do it anyway, it would be a straw purchase. But anyway, gazing into my crystal ball…. I see… the State of California removing that exemption too.

    • jess

      it would have to be a complete pistol. it would be the same as trying to DROS a bare frame, which we also can’t.

      • FourString

        bloody hell. didn’t know that about the frame. even non serialized? jesus

  • nomad

    Wish I had known about “bore axis” sooner, so I would had something else to worry about.

  • http://dasilvawedding15.wordpress.com/ lalahsghost

    That grip angle is very steep. Not sure I would enjoy that. By the way, what is the angle, 7*?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      I haven’t seen an actual measurement but nothing over 9 possibly 10. It certainly cures the extreme angle of the Glock which bothers me to no end.

  • James

    Is it small handed-friendly? Meaning, how short is the trigger reach?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Not very long but again you can adjust that.

      • James

        Thank you for the reply, but would you please be able to elaborate more? What exactly is the trigger reach from the backstrap? Is it shorter or longer than, say, Glock 19 trigger reach? What about SIG P226 or Beretta 92FS?
        Also, how is the trigger reach adjusted in P320? Thanks!

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Similar in pull to a Glock but a much better feel. Less pull and reset than a 226 and way less than a 92FS. Sig doesn’t list the exact figures and our handling was on the range so we had no way to take measurements. Adjustment is by choosing the frame size that works best for you and changing it out.

  • 1leggeddog

    that is a NICE looking pistol!

  • Bill

    There ought to be the equivalent of Godwin’s Law for “SIG” and “high bore axis.” A SIG may not be your preference, but if a person has difficulty shooting a full size service pistol in 9mm because of illusory problems caused by the height of the bore above their hands, the problem lies with them, not the pistol.

  • mig1nc

    I handled one of these at my LGS. For the money, I preferred the grip and trigger on my PPQ and the HK VP9 is obviously a winner as well. Frankly, i just really did not like the grip at all.

  • Dan-O

    Tried fondled pistol at a LGS, the balance was okay, feel was acceptable, trigger was meh. I’ll pass in favor of HK’s VP9.

  • Lee

    I’m still waiting for Sig to jump on the striker fire band wagon. Maybe start from scratch rather than trying to make a “price point” product no one really wanted to begin with. The P320 looks to be just another rehash of the P250 with their new fancy CZ P07 slide swoop cut someone figured out how to program in the CNC. Sig makes a good gun, but they can’t make a good cheap gun. Like the P250 the P320 will be the gun thats easy to sell, but a week later the customer is trying to return it, even though you have an all sales are final sign posted about the register… Seriously, I get less problems with customers buying Taurus products.. They actually expect something from the Sig.

  • Steve_7

    It looks pretty sensible, has a push button magazine release instead of a stupid paddle, has a proper takedown lever instead of some stupid tab or pin. Has forward cocking serrations which is a good idea too. Has metal sights. I might actually buy one, haven’t bought a new handgun for a long time. Only thing I’m not too sure about is the grip, looks a bit S&W Sigma-ish to me. If it feels slick with 9mm, .40 is not going to be much fun.