In the March 2015 issue, Gun Tests compared the SIG P320 9mm to Heckler & Koch’s VP9 and Walther’s newest iteration of the PPQ.
We paid $579 for our P320, item number 320F9BSS.
The P320 is an adaptation of the P250 to a striker-fired mechanism. The frame, magazine, and barrel are the same as the P250. Likewise, the P320 is a modular design, so the grip frame and slide may be changed around the serialized metal chassis.
Our team said the SIG Sauer P320 is a credible handgun, but we found it lacking in important areas. The trigger was OK for a service pistol, but most of us would like a lighter trigger for better accuracy.
Also, the P320 wasn’t as friendly to diverse hand sizes as were the other guns. There were no finger grooves, and this was the largest grip of the three handguns.
And the P320 was the largest and heaviest pistol tested, which works against it as a personal carry sidearm.
Trigger compression was consistent at 7.75 pounds, the heaviest of the three handguns tested.
During part of our testing, we fired at man-sized targets at 5, 7, and 10 yards for 100 rounds. The pistol came on target quickly. The slide rode higher above the hand than the other pistols, which limits fast recovery, but a 30-ounce 9mm isn’t difficult to fire and control.
Trigger compression was short, which makes up for the 7.75-pound pull weight, to an extent. Trigger travel was about 0.4 inch, and we thought the reset was fast. The pistol performed adequately in the range drills, with no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject. The SIG P320 was rated the most comfortable to fire, as far as recoil goes.
Gun Tests doesn’t accept advertising. That means we can report what we find right — and wrong — about firearms we test. To see our full critique of the SIG Sauer P320, check out the March 2015 issue.