If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been updating my weapon systems and this is probably the last update that I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been moving away from DA/SA pistols and going for Striker-Fired pistols for simplicity of use.
I sold my Sig Sauer P229R a few months ago and finally picked up it’s replacement: the P320C FDE chambered in 9mm.
I got a chance to shoot a friend’s full sized P320 and a P320C (courtesy of Sig Sauer) last year and I’ve wanted one since then.
It comes in a big black pistol case and inside, you have the pistol in a paddle holster (made for the P250, the hammer fired predecessor of the P320); two 15 round magazines, manuals, cable lock and Lucas Oil gun oil.
The P320C is a high quality product that you’d expect from Sig Sauer. My particular model is the FDE (Flat Dark Earth) version, which both the slide and grip module are FDE. You noticed I said grip module and not frame; that’s because the registered firearm is only the chassis that lives inside the grip. Although I don’t plan on doing any caliber conversion with my P320C, I could if I wanted to.
The slide is actually, to me a Burnt Bronze color and the grip module is close to a Magpul FDE. If you know me, I like all of the different shades of FDE. Inside the slide, you can see a lot of internal slide cuts to lessen the weight. It is very easy to take down and will not disassemble with the magazine in place and does not require the trigger to be pulled. The chassis comes out easily after you push through the take down lever. This makes cleaning ridiculously easy. Almost forgot that I also got the model with night sights, which are SigLite and they work well in both day and night time/low light conditions.
So how does it shoot? It shoots very well and accurately out of the box. The trigger has been said to be the best stock, striker fired trigger on the market. I would have to agree with that. It’s very close to my VP9’s trigger, if not better in some ways. The pull weight feels like 6 pounds (I don’t weigh my triggers with a trigger scale) there’s very little take up, then a clean crisp break. The reset is very short and positive, I want to say it’s better than the Short Reset Trigger that was on my P229R.
Between my friend and I, we shot a little over a hundred rounds and we both shot well, he shot much better than me. I’m never afraid to admit that I’m not the best pistol shooter out there. I always am working to improve my skills. Still, almost all of my rounds hit the black rings at 22 feet. My friend’s were mainly in the 9 and 10 rings. There was a little muzzle flip due to the higher bore axis, but nothing I’m not already used to with the P229R so it didn’t bother me. The only minor issue I had while firing was having fun my thumb on the slide release lever, keeping the slide from locking to there rear when empty. I understand that you can order smaller, swept forward slide release levers and also a smaller take-down lever from Sig, but it’s a minor training issue for me and I may or may not order those parts in the future.
I will be running it with a weapon mounted light, the Surefire X300U in Tan (FDE). I contacted Safariland and they are currently making me a level 3 holster for my setup with an X300U and per my request in FDE finish. Once I receive it, it should be available to order in the future. I will keep you updated on that.
Overall the P320C and the P320 series of pistols is a great weapon system that will fill the role of defensive, duty and even competition fields. If you’re already a Sig owner, this is a good one to add.