SIG P320 – First Impressions

SIG P320 SHOT show 2014

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.

SIG P320 slide

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.

SIG P320

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?

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  1. Yawn…
    I’m a former SIG owner and once was an enthusiastic fan.
    There was a day when SIG seemed focused on excellence, now it seems to be basically a “me too” operation with mid-to-low quality products and a lack of focus.

    S&W tried to fill this hole in their line with the Sigma 10 years ago. That didn’t work.
    SIG is 15 years late to the party.

  2. I expect more from Sig. If you’re right and this is the P250 frame with a striker dropped in, then seems almost like a way to use up a bunch of existing frame inventory.

    I find the polymer guns from Sig to be underwhelming. The only good one, compared to its immediate competition, is the P290, though I’d rather have a Springfield XDS over the P290.

    They should probably stick with what they do best.

    Besides, I just don’t see the point. They’re marketing this to law enforcement, but at least so far only list a full size and compact. Where’s the subcompact? Even with a subcompact option, an officer who wants a BUG that will take his full size magazines is going to need two P320s, which kind of eliminates the need to swap the firing mechanism between frames. That *might* be a benefit to a limited number of civilians, but I see no benefit to it for law enforcement.

    Whoever is coming up with these ideas for Sig needs to go away. Sig needs to stick with their forte and build metal guns.

  3. What is up with sig . They better get with it or they will find they are out in the cold. Come on SIG.

  4. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks the gap-fillers in the back of the slide and the frame make the back side of the pistol look cluttered, unrefined, and busy, not to mention the probability that it ads more parts that can potentially be broken or lost. I am also suspicious of how high the gun appears to sit in the hand.

    However, if it turns out that the 320 has the best trigger in the striker-fired market, I suspect it will be a success and I might even end up owning one. After all, it’s not the only ugly gun on the market.

  5. Given that they changed the slide profile on the P320, I doubt that it will fit well in existing P250 holsters.

  6. Roger Mathews says:

    Being as SIG does “selective warranty” on models of their choosing, I’ll “PASS” on any new SIG guns. I bought a new pistol, then they refused to warranty the MIM parts (twice) that fell apart. They told me “they no longer support….” I paid for the parts, paid for the labor, then sold the gun…to NEVER buy a SIG again. It’s a shame, they used to make nice guns too!

  7. Love my Mosquito and P220; hated my P250 and traded it as soon as I could.
    Get with it Sig, you know how to make a great handgun.

  8. Pmedic605 says:

    I have a SIG 220, 225, 226, 232, 239 & 245, and I’ll stick with those – and so should SIG.

  9. I hope to get my hands on one sometime this year to see how it really feels and performs before I form my own opinions. Until then, I’m going to assume SIG did their homework on this new model and not worry about how close it looks to the P250.

  10. I had a SIG P250 2-sum and loved everything about the concept, the ergos, etc. The deal killer was the trigger. I simply could not adjust to that long trigger and long reset. However, for some strange reason, I have some interest in this pistol, even though it looks like a P250 with a striker fire conversion kit and some new slide cuts.

  11. My first impression was that it was a modified sig p250 as well. I think this is going to be the death of the gun before it actually takes off. They should of redesigned the sig from scratch, and gave it a whole new make over. I sold all my sigs and am fairly happy with my walther ppq.

  12. Typical of the last few years of whatever it is that SIG is doing, it looks like ass, and it’s an answer looking for a question. Being ugly, however, is the least of it’s worries- it’s obviously based on the P250, which is the last Sig I ever purchased, and the only that I’ve ever sold. That thing had a worse trigger than an Iver Johnson Safety Automatic, and within 200 rounds the action stopped locking open on an empty magazine due to poor quality MIM parts. This travesty most likely shares parts with the P250, and was probably thought up by committee in a board room trying to figure out how to get rid of all those frames they produced for the P250 conversion kits they never sold.

    My message to SIG: for shit’s sake, if it’s not a P22x, SP, or 55x, stop making it, immediately. Thin your product lines, and stop spamming your new products page with obnoxiously colored versions of your classics. Nobody wants those clown-shoes looking pieces of garbage you’ve been putting out for the last few years.
    Your product line used to be streamlined and with purpose, now it looks like you let your board members’ kids come to work, hand them a coloring book, produce everything that they come up with, and throw all the crap on the wall to see what sticks, and somehow nobody notices that NONE of it does.

    I’ll continue to be a die-hard fan of my P226s and 220s, hell even the Mosquito was a fine tool to teach new handgun shooters- but I can’t in good conscience recommend any new SIG products, and anytime someone’s looking for a recommendation on what SIG to buy, I tell them to find a used P22x gun, the older the better.

    • Pmedic605 says:

      Amen, brother, amen! I have the 220, 225, 245, 226 & 232 – all German manufacture. – and a 239 in 9 mm of US manufacture.

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