Sig Sauer, long known for its innovative firearms designs, is moving into an entirely new arena and doing it in a big way. The Sig P320 is striker-fired pistol. That alone would be news enough for a company that has a dedicated following of shooters who like exposed hammers. But no. Sig is upping the ante. The Sig P320 is modular. One gun can be changed up to various frame sizes, or slide lengths, or calibers.
How is this possible? Easy enough. The serialized part is an interchangeable mechanism that fits inside what we’d normally call the frame. That part is now referred to as the grip module, and it is made of polymer. If you want a smaller frame for concealed carry, that’s available. If you’d rather have a full sized pistol, that’s available, too. If you want both, you only have to buy one “gun.” The rest is interchangeable. 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig? Your choice. That part’s modular, too.
I shot the full-sized gun at the range earlier this week. It shoots well. I’m not going to say too much about the performance before I get a chance to live with it for a while. But the gun fits in the hand like a Sig, which I associate with better ergonomics than many other full-sized pistols. And think about it this way. All of you modifiers out there, you are going to love this this gun. If you have that itch to stipple the grip or sand out areas that rub, you have nothing to mess up. If you screw up the grip on your Glock, or Smith, you’re done. On the P320, you can simply order a new grip module.
The best part? I can’t decide if it is the MSRP of $713, or the mile long list of safety features (none of which impede your ability to draw and fire). The combination of price, functionality, modularity, and safety will make this humble looking pistol a serious competitor. We’ll have one in for review as soon as possible, so stay tuned.