Richard Mann tests the dependability and accuracy of the Sig Sauer P320 X5 over the course of 84 rounds in less than 60 seconds.
Over the years, Sig Sauer has come out with some fairly innovative handgun designs, with some true classics peppered among them. For the most part, a majority of these pistols shared one thing in common — a hammer.
Perhaps, this is why the release of the P320 back in 2014 turned so many heads. The striker-fired pistol was a pretty big break for Sig and left many scratching their heads. Why, when you’re among the top in your firearms niche, do you go about messing with a winning formula?
Typical of Sig, the P320 wasn’t just another polymer-framed plastic-fantastic looking to live off name recognition alone. It was the striker-fired reimagined, not only offering a whole host of options, but also more versatility than is found nearly anywhere in the greater handgun market. What made it a winner — aside from Sig’s high manufacturing standards — was one simple word: modularity.
The P320 is a top-tier transformer, capable of jumping between caliber and configuration. The original standard 9mm pistol could go from compact carry 9mm to full-sized competition .45 ACP in less time than it takes to load its magazine. In turn, there were few handguns or systems out there that matched its adaptability, not to mention ease of use.
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These facets helped the P320 to win the U.S. military’s XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition. And along the way, it has turned more than one civilian shooter’s head. Simply put, it was born to run.
In addition to its ease of operation and simple field stripping, the pistol has proven to thrive in the muck and under the hardest use. And Richard Mann puts the full-sized P320 X5 through some hard use in the above video. He squeezes off 84 shots in less than 60 seconds, all without flaw.
Editor's Note: This video is one of several that were created during a torture test of Sig Sauer P320 series pistols. Stay tuned for more videos, and keep an eye out for Richard Mann's full article in an upcoming issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.