BREAKING: Immigration & Customs Enforcement Adopts the SIG P320 Modular Handgun

The rumor we reported on earlier appears to now be official: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has adopted the SIG P320C as their next service handgun. News of SIG’s win was confirmed by a post on pistol-forum.com containing a leaked screenshot of a new article on ICE’s internal website, with the headline ICE Picks a New Service Handgun.

The contract, probably worth well over ten million dollars, has its origins in a 2015 Request for Information (RFI) issued by the agency. Speculation surrounded the RFI that it was tailored specifically for SIG – although the specifications were not so unambiguous that some didn’t speculate S&W as the favorite!┬áIn this case, SIG was defending their previous contract: The P320 will be replacing the agency’s old P229 DAK handguns, also from SIG.

A contract like this one, which would normally be the biggest news of the year for a gun company, is overshadowed by SIG Sauer’s recent win of the massive US Army Modular Handgun System contract, worth an estimated $580 million dollars. However, the Immigration contract win is still very significant for SIG Sauer in another way, as two wins at major US government contracts in the span of a month is a huge boost to the brand’s reputation.





Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Gambler X

    I skipped buying a P320 and got a VP9 instead(which i do love) saying “ill buy one later.”
    Between this and the Army contract I probably wont be getting my hands on one any time soon.

    • john huscio

      P320s are all over the place.

      • Gambler X

        ive been to several local stores and not seen a single one.

        • I doubt these contracts are affecting availability that much. What I’ve heard from SIG right now they aren’t expecting to be delivering any real quantities of guns for the Army until next year.

          • Gambler X

            Not stopping people from running out and buying one because of I guess.

  • Don Ward

    I hate to be the poor sod who has to bring this news to Gaston Glock at his secret fortress in the Austrian alps.
    The guy is getting fed to the sharks for sure.

    • john huscio

      ICE have been habitual SIG users for years. This isn’t surprising

      • Because of the merger of Customs, and INS to form ICE, it has been a mixed agency. They use some Glocks purchased under their own contracts, and some SIG purchased under the DHS contract.

        Though a larger percentage of agents are carrying SIGs.

        The real question is how across the board will the transition to the 320 be?

        • b0x3r0ck

          Here hoping that Sig P320 starts to pull some of Glock aftermarket support. For instance it would be nice if Radetec came out with a simple round counting frame.

          • I am also hoping for better aftermarket support, but considering the pistol has been on the market for about three years the amount of aftermarket support is has is pretty damn good.

        • Ken Martinson

          ICE, that is HSI and ERO, that is “across the board” as it is going to get. CBP has submitted their own RFI for a new pistol.

        • Ken Martinson

          All of those “legacy” pistols were pulled nearly a decade ago.

      • Nicks87

        All federal LE agencies will be using Sigs soon enough. Except the FBI who will be sticking with Glock from the way things sound.

        • Ken Martinson

          Not so.

      • Ken Martinson

        One contract does not “habitual” make. ICE bought a bunch of DAK229’s which agents in the field rejected handily, with close to 50% opting to carry a personally owned weapon instead.

    • LCON
    • Ken Martinson

      How so? FBI, DEA, Dept of State DSS, and the USMC have all recently tendered large Glock orders. Glock is still the personally owned weapon of choice with ICE Agents.

  • Jeff S

    I know it won’t happen, but it’d be nice if CBP followed along… The P2000’s LEM trigger leaves something to be desired.

    • Nicks87

      Same with Sig DAK triggers, striker fired is just better all around, it sounds like the federal govt is finally using some common sense.

    • Grey Beard

      At least the P2000 has a trigger that is better than their previous gun, especially since my lawn mower had a shorter easier pull to get it started going than the Italian Tomahawk.

  • snidely1459

    It’s just immigration. No “s”

  • Rodney Jenkins

    Boy, glock is in trouble…

    • Not really. They Glock is back ordered for at least the next couple of years, even without any new orders.

      But likely what this does signal is the end of Glock’s near monopoly of the LE/GOV market. Something that has been a long time coming, as long as there isn’t any momentum killing quality control issues like S&W had with the M&P, SIG has the potential of becoming the other major player in the polymer service pistol market.

    • USMC03Vet

      The logical fallacy appeal to authority is certainly being diminished, but thwt is the thing with logical fallacies they stick around.

    • LCON

      Glock is the Honda Accord of pistols even when better values are on the market, it will still be there. And before the Army and Ice announced the Navy and Marine corps as well as army rangers all bought Glock 19s.

  • StubbyToesMcGillicutty

    Customs? Really? Wake me up when the world’s most serious trigger-pullers stop using Glocks and start using something else (See Rangers, Raiders, JSOC, SOCOM, Delta/CAG, the rest of the world’s military/LE, etc). The P320 handles and shoots like an XD with slightly better grip ergos. Take that for what it’s worth. Sig is just better about dolling out kick-backs to procurement folks. Glock is the honey badger of that. Glock doesn’t care. Glock doesn’t give a $|-|!T.

    • USMC03Vet

      Suddenly a logical fallacy of appeal to authority appears.

      Considering that is glock’s entire marketing premise I’m not surprised, but it’s 2017 and people should know better by now. Seems even some beucracy types finally figured it out.

    • some other joe

      That will be a few months after “the world’s most serious trigger-pullers” turn in their big Army purchased M9s for the big Army purchased M17s and they decide to stop using their special mission discretionary funds for pistols.

    • nate

      worlds most serious trigger pullers general use lots of different pistols (not just glocks) like p226, personally purchased 1911’s, H&K’s, you name it.

  • John

    Not surprised. ICE was the other government agency that didn’t have its funding questioned or messed with (the first being the military, of course.)

    I suspect ICE will be working in tandem with the military on a lot of para/quasi/grey-ops legal stuff, so it’s best to get everyone using the same gun now. It will likely save them a few bucks for a bulk order, which never hurts with the bosses.

    • CommonSense23

      ICE isn’t going to be doing any grey ops with the military.

  • Mr. Smith

    I laugh at the crap I see in some of the blogs. Its obvious those who talk about kick backs when it comes to small arms have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the process works. Handguns are a “tiny” expense in the overall scheme of government acquisition. If you knew the prices the government pays for these weapons through the contracts you would see that its the companies that are taking it on the chin. But they do so to garner notoriety especially if the agency has a robust acceptance process. Landing these contracts boost their commercial sales which is really where the money is in the weapons world.

  • Kurt A.

    Sounds like to me, some serious money’s (bribes) are changing hands here. The one with the highest bid won.
    I have been a firearms instructor and range master, both California DOJ and Federal DOJ for over 45yrs. and help train thousand’s of people every year.
    Only failure I see in Glock’s is when some garage gunsmith messes with his firearms and puts parts in backwards.
    On the other other hand, Sigs have a history of grip screws falling out, sights falling out and other pins and screws falling out. I am a certified armor with Glock and Sig. firearms so I am not just blowing smoke.
    Our Military and Federal Officers must have complete faith that their firearms will work when needed. Right now that that is not true. They should not have to resort to a quick repair or field strip.