SIG P-320 Compact In 45 ACP

    Anyone that knows me certainly knows how much I like the 45acp round. When I heard the new model of the SIG 320 was coming out in 45acp in full size,carry and compact I found these as soon as I got to the range.

    Related: SIG P320 Selected as new US Army Handgun.

    As most people know by now the P-320 is a modular pistol with a chassis that can be changed from one frame and slide combination to another. Now you’ll be able to get them in tan as well as the standard black. I was especially keen on trying out the compact and wondering just how much recoil there would be. As it turns out recoil isn’t a factor.


    In speaking with the SIG representative we talked about recoil prior to my actually shooting it. He related that SIG tried many different spring strengths and types to reduce the recoil as much as possible. Of course I mentioned in my original review of the 320 how ergonomic the grip was. Between the correct spring being chosen and the grip the recoil wasn’t bad at all.

    Again all my shots were fired from 15 yards. I fired the first mag slow fire and the second as fast as possible. The recoil was more of a push than anything you would expect from a small frame pistol in 45 acp. I was really surprised at how manageable this little pistol is. There were no misses even when I emptied the mag as fast as I could go and get back on target. The recoil wasn’t any worse than an all steel frame 1911 commander. It’s also an accurate pistol and turned in a nice tight group in slow fire. During the time I shot the pistol and watched others there were no malfunctions. The ammo used was the SIG V Crown hollowpoint defense ammo.

    I would imagine anyone in the market for a compact carry pistol in this serious caliber should have a look at this SIG.

    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 retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: [email protected] you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.