The curtain has been pulled back on the new SIG Sauer P320, and the response has been mixed from the people I have spoken to. Since SIG did not attend Media Day, I have not had a chance to shoot this new gun. However, I have handled the guns in the company’s exhibit. Any review would be incomplete, but I can give you my initial impressions of the gun.
In a nutshell: I’m underwhelmed.
I was initially excited about the prospects of a striker-fired SIG. However, it appears the gun is just a striker mechanism dropped into a P250. The guns look very similar and the P320 even has a plate covering the back of the slide where one would expect the P250′s hammer to be.
If the P320 is simply a P250 with a striker-fired mechanism in it, I think SIG has missed the mark. The double action trigger of the P250 was not the only reason the guns have been only moderately popular with shooters. While I would hate to think the P320 was rushed through development, modifying an existing platform would certainly be a shortcut to getting a new gun to market.
The upside of the P320 being a P250 clone is that it should fit holsters already on the market. Since SIG is positioning this pistol as a law enforcement duty weapon, having duty-style retention holsters already on the market is a huge benefit when trying to sell a department on these pistols.
The trigger on the guns felt good, and the reset was obvious. I would have to get one on the range before I could determine if I like it, but I suspect the trigger will be pretty good.
So, what do you think? Does a striker-fired version of the P250 make sense to you? Or, should SIG started with a clean slate when designing a new pistol?