Sig P320: Perfection Improved (US Army MHS Modular Handgun System)

This episode of TFBTV Patrick takes the Sig Sauer P320 out to the range. Previous to the P320, if you wanted a striker fired Sig, you were out of luck. Since it’s introduction the P320 has become a serious contender in the striker fired handgun market and has taken a large bite out of sales numbers for Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Springfield Armory for good reason. The innovative features that Sig brought to the table at a really attractive price point make it a solid choice for an everyday carry gun.

Related: SIG P320 Selected as new US Army Handgun.

The SIG P320 has been selected to replace the the US Army Beretta M9.

BREAKING: US Army Selects Sig To Replace M9 Original Post Updated at 11pm With SIG Press Release and Photos of the Pistol

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd and also podcasts at The Firearms Podcast. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Red McCloud

    I feel alone in the world because I’m one of the very few people who still prefer the OG p250 over the p320. I have shot both. I still like the p250 more. DAO triggers hit home with me and the p250 has a phenomenal DAO trigger, and also a .22 conversion kit exists and THAT is a wonderful accessory.

    Also the p320 would be better if it wasn’t just a p250 with a striker slapped in where the hammer used to be but designed from the ground up with a striker mechanism in mind.

    • James Swan

      I am with you,I love the p250. I have 6 of them along with my p series all metal guns (8 of those )

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I didn’t say it sucked, just that it didn’t do as well as it could have.

      • Red McCloud

        Never implied that, I was just speaking my mind about the p320 in general.

    • AD

      I cannot own handguns where I live, but for what it’s worth I like how the P250 looks a lot more than how the P320 looks.

  • d

    Mine has run flawlessly and the interchangeable grip modules makes the P320 run circles around the Glock.

    I currently carry the “carry” size. I started with a full-size and did not the like the feel shooting it. I can feel the slide moving. I have felt that on 5″ versions of the XDs and M&P as well. I have not felt the problem with 1911s. I named the effect “slide slap.” Reducing to a 4″ barrel eliminated the slide slap on all guns. I love my P320

  • Dougscamo

    Words I though I’d never hear….”if your dog chews it up, you’re not out a gun”….
    Pretty good selling point when I think about it….though I would be out a dog if that occurred….
    Good post, Patrick….

  • Mmmtacos

    I see that Bullet Bill you put in the preview, Patrick R. You can’t fool me!

  • VanDiemensLand

    Nice to see a video from Patrick R where he doesn’t fiddle with the gun too much while talking, I find it really distracting.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Am I the only one who doesn’t thinks that the P320 trigger is good? Mine has quite a bit of creep.

    The P320 series is a more complete gun then a glock but a glock still shoots flatter and allows more of a grip on the gun. I can shoot a glock better. I recently bought my buddy a stock Gen 3 19 and it didn’t feel complete till I added some sights to it for him. The sig does feel complete out of the box. If I could get one of the other and couldn’t ever change the sights on a glock it’d be a hard choice but I’d go glock.

    And like the point Patrick made the magazine cost counter acts the costs of sights on a glock. But I also like having a lot of magazines for my handguns.

    • GunSnob1979

      You’re not the only one, there’s a lot going on with their trigger mechanism. While I’ve shot one, and it shot quite nice, still like the G19 better. It’s about preference, it’s good to see Sig bring a striker HG to the market. Still, not perfect for my hands, even with the large grip, I don’t dig the angle or the LOP to width ratio.

    • Nicks87

      “I recently bought my buddy a stock Gen 3 19” Maybe delete that sentence from your comment? I’m sure you weren’t admitting to making a straw purchase but you never know who’s reading these comments.

      • Rick O’Shay

        Or he bought it for his buddy as a gift? Maybe don’t immediately leap to conclusions based on a single line with no other context?

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Wasn’t a straw purchase. In NC we have Pistol Purchase permits and he picked one up before going to the store. All I did was pull out my credit card at the store. He filled out the 4473 and did everything regarding the transfer at the store. It’s his gun and he did all the paperwork on it.

        • Dougscamo

          A friend of mine lives in Raleigh and was telling me about the Pistol Permits….which we don’t have in VA….and yet when rankings come out about which states are the most firearm friendly VA ranks below NC….can’t figure that one out….insight?….

          • Harry’s Holsters

            No idea. It’s a hold over from Jim Crow and supposed to be shall issue with a clean record. Besides that our laws are favorable. They state legislature used to not be able to deny non whites guns so they gave the Sheriff that responsibility.

            I tried applying for one before I was 21 twice. I was going to get an out of state Maine permit to carry with and my dad or half a dozen other adults I was raised around were willing to sell me a gun through a private sale. The sheriff wouldn’t issue me the purchase permit. You can issue the permit to a two year old but they can’t use till they are 18 and then only for a private purchase. The second time was right before my 21st birthday so I could purchase a handgun as soon as possible.

            I submitted it on a Monday so I could go buy the gun the following Monday. My birthday was on a Sunday. They called on Thursday and said they were going to delay it till the next week. So I had to wait till the next Friday to go pick up my new handguns from the shop.

            It tuns out the sheriff used to grant them till one under 21 person tried to force a FFL to sell to him because he had a permit. The State AG got involved and now the sheriff won’t issue them to anyone under 21. I’ve got friends in LE and county government who could have verified I was going to use the permit appropriately and gotten the sheriff to sign it but I didn’t want to bother them.

            The AG had some sort of method to keep sheriffs from giving CLEO signatures for NFA items. Basically if he found out that they were signing them he’d cut some sort of funding or training opportunities. My sheriff would always sign NFA paperwork after meeting the person. That same AG is now our governor. 🙁

          • Dougscamo

            That’s why I don’t understand why NC is viewed as more gun friendly that VA. We are a shall issue state for CCW permits and all of the Sheriffs I knew would sign off on NFA paperwork as soon as the person came into the office…..there is a House Bill that was submitted today to make VA a “No Permit Necessary” or free carry state like Maine and several others….don’t see how you can be much more gun friendly….

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I don’t know. It might have something to do with local ordinances. They might also be taking the shift of the state into account. We do have complete reciprocity for concealed carry. That might be the deciding factor. The way the law read at one point a person with a permit to carry in Croatia could probably argue they could legally carry in NC.

          • Vosh Sahaal

            Number of gun free zones. Also DC sucks.

          • Dougscamo

            Agree with you about DC sucking….but that is not in VA….never seen any figures on how many gun free zones there are in the state but dang few in my end….

        • Nicks87

          Cool just looking out. I know it varies from state to state but you never know.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Completely understand.

    • ExMachina1

      Do you think the trigger problems are inherent to the design or is it something that can be smoothed out? Paying $$ for a better trigger group that you can then move between frames and/or calibers would make it not an unreasonable expense.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I really don’t know. When these came out everyone was talking about how great the trigger was and mine in meh. It’s perfectly shootable and I’m not a trigger snob so I’m fine with it the way it is but I don’t see how someone can say it’s a good trigger. MY local shop told me when I ordered it the trigger would be weird.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Ive never owned a Glock, but of all of other peoples guns that Ive shot, the majority have been Glocks. They work and If it was my only choice I would be okay, but I shot a P320 that belonged to my friend, and no other striker gun that I had ever fired shot like that gun. I was immediately shooting it better than I shot my own gun that I had over a thousand rounds through.

    • No one

      I like how you seem to think the P320 is better then the Glock without ever having owned one in that case based on the Beretta M9 post.

      Owned a P320 first, got a Glock, I now own 2 Glocks and probably a Steyr L9A1 in the near future and sold the P320, It’s a worse platform overall.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        I have shot hundreds of rounds through Glocks including one that belongs to my parents. Its not technically mine, but I have shot it more than they have. Im satisfied with my experiences to maintain that statement.

      • Jiminy Crickets

        I don’t personally understand the appeal of a plastic gun with a high bore axis. It’s all of the disadvantages of a hammer fired gun without any of the benefits.

        • ExMachina1

          Regarding the high bore axis, you have a point. I’d be interested to see if the P320 handled as well in 40s&w,357sig,and 45ACP as it apparently does in 9mm.

      • iksnilol
      • imtoomuch

        Butthurt Glock fanboy at it’s finest. LOL Glocks, as many people are finding out, are overrated. That’s why other polymer, striker fired pistols are selling so well. Before you you try it, I own Glocks and have shot even more Glocks owned by friends.

    • ShiftyLingerer

      Some people like higher bore axis guns. Can’t fault them for that. <.<

  • Polaritypictures Ken

    You can get mags for $28 at Quantico Tactical and it takes larger ones too(Suggest you get the larger mags and put the +2 adapter on it(Yes they fit with a bit of work). Also these mags fit in the S&W M&P 9 as well, as I heard. You should compare the triggers on this pistol, some are iffy and have slapback.

  • Giolli Joker

    “Perfection Improved”
    I see what you did here!

  • BearSlayer338

    I’ll stick with my bone stock Glock 17 for my striker-fired needs.
    I don’t really like any of the modern striker fired guns,but I can tolerate the Glock.
    I wanted to like the P320,however the trigger just feels awful to me.

  • Lee M Attinger

    I got a 320 a couple months back and although I do like it, the trigger is what keeps it from being in the same class as a G17 or an H&K VP9/40. Its a good concept though and hopefully Sig will improve on it in the future.

  • Action45

    The P320 just fits my hand perfectly. It’s the closest I’ve felt a polymer pistol come in that regard when compared to my BHPs

  • ExMachina1

    I’m impressed. The modularity offered by this design is quite powerful. One chassis and as many slide/frame combos as you like.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    No thumb safety = I’m not interested.

    • WhatWhosTalking?

      How miopic.

    • hellor

      The army version does have a thumb safety.

  • TongueFirmlyInCheek

    So like much higher bore-axis so you don’t like, have to, bring the gun up as high to your eyes, so um, you can hold it out longer and stuff. High bore-axis ftw: #racetothetop

  • SerArthurDayne

    I just don’t see why you can’t be a fan of both. I really like Corvettes. I also really like Vipers. I would be pretty damn happy to own a Chevy Corvette. I would be pretty damn happy to own a Dodge Viper. They’re in some ways similar and in other ways not similar at all. Still, good and awesome cars. I am a Glock guy. I really also like SIG. Why can’t I appreciate both? It’s a logical fallacy to claim only one can “be good” or you can’t like both etc. No problem, good for SIG. I read somewhere that SIG was ready and willing to put the manual safety that the new Army MHS will have, Glock didn’t want to go there. Who knows what’s true. But they can both be good guns.

  • Paul Strickland

    I have two Sig 320s in 9mm…a compact and a subcompact. I’ve run about 1500 through the two and have found them to excellent shooting guns. Very accurate, light and easy to work on.
    The list of options available is amazing….frames, sights, colors and caliber changes. I think the whole Glock vs Sig things is overblown, Chevy vs Ford, Coke vs Pepsi ….meaningless rhetoric. Just buy the one that feels the best to you. I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase something called a “glock”.