When I finally got my hands on the P320 X-Five in the wild, I was absolutely amazed. After several months of testing, I crowned it the new King of Polymers, a judgment I stand by. But the X5 isn’t the only trick Sig had up a sleeve. The X5 also has a little brother, called the P320 X-Carry and it was everything I expected it to be.
The X-Carry shares a trigger (or chassis) with the X5, which means, in this case, the best out of the box striker fired trigger on the market. The grip module is the same as the X5, sans the flared mag well. This grip module is unique to the X family, and offers a higher grip than the regular P320, along with an extended beavertail. Having shot both of these guns for a minute now, I finally figured out how to equate that. It is like gripping a polymer CZ-75, which SIG should take as a high compliment.
Aside from a shorter barrel and slide (3.9 inches in place of 5), and the aforementioned mag well, there are a few differences. The X-Carry features tritium night sights, instead of the fiber optic style of the X5. There is still a removable rear plate in case you would like a red dot instead, just like it’s big brother. The X5 features a bull barrel, while the X-Carry has a regular diameter barrel. In a CCW gun, every ounce counts. And really, that is about it.
You will notice I didn’t say there was a capacity difference. The grip length is identical, which also makes it dimensionally the same as a Glock 19X. There has been a lot of chatter about how this is dumb, and how we should have longer slides with shorter grips. I could not disagree more. I like the 4-inch barrel with a full-length grip, effectively a Commander sized polymer. It fits a niche, and an important one. Why anyone would want a 6-inch slide on a subcompact frame is beyond me.
The size, in my mind, makes the X-Carry the pickup truck of guns. It might not do any one job perfectly, but it does every job well. A longer sight radius and heavier barrel are useful for gun games, no doubt. But you can get it done with this sight set up, and the barrel is more accurate already than 99.9% of shooters can exploit, myself included. The grip length is just a little past a compact, and thus a tiny bit harder to conceal. But if you get in a firefight, the added meat on the frame means better control, and therefore faster hits. 17+1 of capacity means it can solve problems a mouse gun can’t, and a full-size grip is easier to reload. And, if you do need to stick it in your pants, the diminished barrel length is easier to carry.
Performance wise, the X-Carry is a champion. I was consistently amazed at how easy the gun is to shoot, and how well it manages recoil. There is a light texturing on the grip, which is just enough to help you hang onto it. As a duty gun, it could use some more aggressive stippling. But as an all-purpose gun, the texture won’t rub you raw IWB.
If you could own but one pistol, this would be an excellent candidate. What would you choose if you could only have one?
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- CALIBER – 9mm Luger
- ACTION TYPE – Semi-Auto
- FRAME SIZE – Carry
- GRIP TYPE – Modular Polymer X-Series
- FRAME FINISH – Stainless Steel
- FRAME MATERIAL – Polymer
- SLIDE FINISH – Nitron
- SLIDE MATERIAL – Stainless Steel
- BARREL MATERIAL – Carbon Steel
- ACCESSORY RAIL – M1913
- TRIGGER – Striker
- TRIGGER TYPE – Flat
- BARREL LENGTH – 3.9 in (100 mm)
- OVERALL LENGTH – 7.4 in (188 mm)
- OVERALL WIDTH – 1.3 in (33 mm)
- HEIGHT – 5.5 in (140 mm)
- WEIGHT – 27 oz (760 g)
- MSRP – $862