More Law Enforcement Agencies select SIG Sauer's P320

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
SIG Sauer P320 adopted by more LE agencies (SIG)

Hot on the heels of the news that Florida’s Tampa PD have adopted the SIG Sauer P320, two more law enforcement agencies have followed suit. Arkansas’ Jacksonville PD and the Texas Department for Public Safety have also selected the P320 as their new service pistols.

On the 14 June, SIG Sauer released a statement announcing that Arkansas’ Jacksonville Police Department had selected the P320 as their official duty pistol. The P320 will arm the department’s 56 officers and 4 auxiliary officers a move away from the Glocks currently in use.

Lt. Brett Hibbs, of Jacksonville PD‘s Support Services Division, said:

We are extremely pleased with our decision to transition to the SIG SAUER P320 as our official duty firearm. All of our officers have completed the training and instruction process with the new pistol and we’ve found, overwhelmingly, that the P320 has made them more proficient shooters due to the ability for the officers to choose their preferred grip size, the smooth trigger, and ambidextrous controls.

P320s For Texas

Jacksonville PD aren’t the only law enforcement agency to adopt the P320 recently. The Texas Department for Public Safety have also selected the P320 as their new service pistols. The Texas DPS has previously issued the P220 and P226 before an abortive move to the Smith & Wesson M&P. The decision to move to the P320 was initially taken back in 2015, when the first 200 pistols were ordered. A SIG Sauer press release, on 20 June, announced that the Texas DPS had selected the P320 as its official service firearm throughout its divisions.

A P320 with the Texas DPS seal and 'Texas Highway Patrol' on the slide - posted with SIG's press release, it is unclear if these decorative elements will be included on the duty pistols (SIG Sauer)

The Department for Public Safety has a dozen divisions dealing with a wide range of including law enforcement, vehicle registration and emergency management. The department is also responsible for a number of divisions with armed officers, including: the Texas Highway Patrol, state SWAT, the Texas Criminal Investigations division and the Texas Rangers.

Tom Jankiewicz, SIG Sauer’s Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales, Said:

We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Texas Department of Public Safety and honored that they have chosen the SIG SAUER P320 as their official service firearm. The modularity and ability to customize the P320 pistol, combined with the ultimate in reliability and accuracy, made it the right choice for the diverse needs, across all divisions, for the Texas Department of Safety.

This substantial contract will see well over 3,000 officers and rangers armed with P320s. The Texas DPS will acquire 4,000 P320s for use with the following divisions: Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID), Aircraft Division, Executive Protection Bureau, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Texas Rangers, SWAT, and Special Operations Group. The press release did not state what calibre Texas DPS’ new guns would be chambered in or what configurations of the P320 might be ordered.

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Matthew Moss
Matthew Moss

Managing Editor: TheFirearmBlog.com & Overt Defense.com. Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. Matt is also runs The Armourer's Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms. Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news. Reach Matt at: matt@thefirearmblog.com

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  • Johnmosby Johnmosby on Jun 26, 2018

    I like my Glocks and my SIGs. Carry and shoot both. We have choices. USA. It's a great country.
    I seem to shoot the Glocks better - maybe it's the grip angle. Both are great brands with some clunkers along the way.

  • Machgman Machgman on Jun 26, 2018

    The most interesting issue in all of this is that SIG is selling the false narrative that these pistols met the military durability and use standards. According to US Military records, these tests were never conducted and the SIG was chosen because it contract price was about half of what Glock offered. Subsequently, there have been numerous issues arising with fixes and band-aid solutions being made.

    What I am going to look forward to is a few years down the road to see what kind of track records these SIGs will have produced and whether, in hind sight, these selection decisions were wise ones or really foolish and dumb ones. IF so, will the real folks responsible for them ever be held accountable? Probably not and any money that passed under the table will be long gone and hidden away.

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