Shooting Stats for 2016

Yep, it’s that time of the year again. The time when I put up the stats for the year and talk about the highs and lows from the previous year and shooting season and perhaps even list some predictions and goal for the next season. Right off of the bat the biggest thing to notice from this season was I shot a lot more than last season. In fact, over double the shots fired this year compared to last year; 12,599 vs. 6,112. I was able to make more matches this season as well as really stepping up my live fire training. Although I didn’t make Master this year, I grew a great deal as a competitor, and even had several overall Production victories. Not too shabby for a lowly A Class shooter. My hip injury continues to plague me and really limits the amount of training I’m able to do, especially dry fire. I went from 1-1.5 hours of dry fire a day to pretty much zero. My gun handling skills really took a nosedive and glacially slow draws and reloads are not the way to bump up into Master class. But as bleak as that sounds, I really think I’m a much better competitor than I have ever been. 

One thing that really helped me this year was joining the TFI Academy, a training program with a coach (Keith Tyler), weekly dry fire/live fire plans for me every week, and a monthly training day for me and the rest of the team. Not being able to do the dry fire component of it did limit what I was able to get out of it, but focused training with a coach was very beneficial nonetheless. 

Among some of the highlights of the year, shooting my first major matches. I’ve shot a sectional match before, but this year I shot the sectional, Area 1, and the Oregon State Championship. My P320’s performed flawlessly all season and let me focus on the shooting, so the matches were all on me. 

This year I am going to dip my toe in the Carry Optics water, and just picked up a Sig P320 RX to get me started. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but it’ll have to be orders of magnitude to displace my passion for Production. Shooting is fun regardless, so I’m sure it’ll be a kick.

As far as goals for the next season? Well, making Master would be nice, but not a huge priority for me to be honest. I want to keep improving and shooting my best every match. I’m sure as my skills improve I’ll stumble into a M card, but I really want to win matches, not just classifiers. I know this year’s goals aren’t really all that specific, which kind of defeats the purpose of setting goals, but most of my goals are “enabling goals” that should up my game all the way around. 

So, until then, shoot strait and train hard.

Foray into Carry Optics – the P320 RX

Although I’m really happy shooting Production, it seems to be a great fit for me personally, I really loved what I could do with an Open gun, but just didn’t like how many issues I had with it, the maintenance, the dependency on a gunsmith, etc. Given all of the frustration I had in Open, it just wasn’t worth it for me, but a red dot on a Production pistol? Now that’s something special. Anyone who’s followed this blog in the last year or so certainly has noticed my affinity for the Sig Sauer P320, so when they released the out of the box Carry Optics ready P320 RX, I took notice, but wasn’t immediately interested. But the thought of having all the things I love about Production combine with the best things I liked about Open, was an idea that just got under my skin and wouldn’t abate until it bubbled to the surface yesterday when a new Sig P320 RX followed my home from Cabela’s. 

I’ll have to order a Springer Precision guide rod and a new Small Grip Module (and have Alma Cole work his magic on it), and I should be good to try it out, shoot a match, and see how it goes. So stay tuned, and I’ll get more reports, thoughts, tips, and photos posted as I have a chance to run the new Carry Optics rig.

The Ultimate Sig P320 USPSA Production Project – UPDATE


I know that this update is long overdue, but better late than never. Pictured above are my two Sig P320’s that I alternate between for USPSA Production division, and apart from the color, they are identical. I originally planned to have Burke, The Sig Armorer, perform his Competition Trigger Job, but unfortunately, the FCUs I received back from him didn’t function in a small grip module and he couldn’t get them to perform well/reliably in a small grip module, so I had to replace them. If you use a small grip, you might want to use Gray Guns for your P320 work. 

Both of my P320’s are essentially stock, just with copious amounts of polishing and one of the two sear springs removed which yields around a 5.5 lb trigger pull, which sounds a little on the heavy side, but it’s such a great trigger that it “feels” lighter. I have no issues regularly getting .17 splits with it, so I really can’t complain. Perhaps one day I’ll send one over to Bruce Gray or his drop in kit will actually materialize. And unicorns are real…


Aside from the FCU, both pistols have a small grip module that I received from Alma Cole and have the grit epoxied on them permanently so no more loose grip tape! As far as custom grips go, they don’t come any better than Alma’s. After trying out Yong Lee’s P320 last spring, I had to have ’em.

Both pistols sport Dawson Precision sights (the Competition rear with the 0.115 notch and the P Series front sight that has perfect POA/POI with 0.100 wide and 0.220 height), a Springer Precision guide rod with a Wolffe 14 lb variable spring. I’m still using the original Take Down Levers, but have the newer/smaller slide releases installed. 

“Ebony,” the black slide P320 is pushing 8500 rounds and “Ivory,” the bead blasted silver slide is pushing 4000 rounds and both run absolutely great. Ivory had very unreliable extraction at first, one FTE per 250 rounds, but a new extractor remedied that in short order. Ebony started to have extraction issues as well around 5000 rounds and was fixed with a new extractor as well. The extractors seem to be the only weak point on the platform that I’ve noticed so far. You might want to grab a couple and keep them in your range bag. Replace it at the first FTE and you should be good to go. I’ll put a post together that shows my parts kit, part numbers, and how to keep it all organized while taking up next to no space in your bag.

So am I happy with P320? You bet! In fact I haven’t touched my Glock G34’s since I started shooting the Sigs.




The Sig P320 FAQ

XE2-1461Being that the Sig P320 is a relatively new platform in terms of USPSA, I thought I’d post a quick FAQ about it as it relates to our sport. But in a nutshell, the Sig P320 is a modular handgun where the serialized component is not the frame, rather the Fire Control Unit, or FCU, that has isolated the components of the firing system into its own standardized module that can be moved across a multitude of components allowing for a quick transition to any other calibers and platforms and allowing endless customization. In fact, it was this customization that initially won me over to the platform.

Note, this is a living document so expect some changes and updates as things change.

Last update, 2.4.2016.

The Sig P320 FAQ


Basic Information on the Sig Sauer P320

Is it Legal to Shoot in USPSA/IDPA?

  • Yes – USPSA NROI Production Gun List
  • IPSC – Yes: IPSC Production Gun List
  • IDPA – Yes, but note that IDPA doesn’t maintain a list of approved pistols, rather a list of requirements.
    • IDPA CCP rule is barrel length of 4.1″ or less. SIG P320 Full-Size has a 4.7″ barrel. SSP legal, not CCP legal. The Carry and Compact versions with 3.9″ barrels are legal for CCP and SSP.
    • With it’s 3.6″ barrel the SIG P320 compact is IDPA BUG legal.

Sig P320 Specific Gunsmiths – This is not the definitive list by any means, but these three gunsmiths are by far, the de facto wizards of the P320

Available Sights for Competition

  • Dawson Precision has a Fixed Set for Competition that I feel is sized incorrectly at .200 tall rear and a .205 tall front. For me, it shoots far too high. I currently have a .200 rear and a .215 front that shoots about one inch high at 25 yards. I think a .220 would be perfect, but will get one and confirm. As for widths, I am currently shooting the .115 rear and the .100 front. I am having a custom set made by Dawson/Burke that will be .125 rear and .115 front with some other little touches that I prefer. More on that later.
  • Gray Guns has a sight set for the P320 that unfortunately isn’t sold, rather fitted so currently you’ll need to send your slide to him for his custom made rear (which is my favorite once produced at the moment) and a Dawson Precision fiber optic front.

CR Speed Magazine Pouches

  • Will they work? Yes, with a little work. Apparently they molds used to create the CR Speed magazine pouches and inserts were made long before the P320 existed, so none of the included inserts work out of the box. But if you use the STI/SV insert and put a shim (I use a 1/16″ flat washer) in between it and the wall of the magazine pouch it works swimmingly.

Accessories and Parts – With any new platform, it’s going to take some time for the aftermarket to ramp up once the platform has proven that it’s going to survive and there are common demands for improved/custom/desired options. For now, it’s pretty slim which is partly due to how new the gun is, but also in large part a testament to how Sig got it right.

Common Issues

  • Dead Trigger – This isn’t really an issue per se, but rather part a safety feature, the crux of it resulting in a “dead trigger” after reassembly. Once you reattach the slide you are required to lock the slide back using the slide catch. Pushing the slide catch up will release the safety disconnect inside the FCU and return the pistol to normal operation. We all do this once.
  • Pinched finger/Dirty finger – the gap in the Grip Module where the trigger exists that can allow some escaping gas to flow and/or pinch the user’s finger. To address these complaints, the latest revision of the FCU includes the “Adverse Trigger,” which essentially provides a wing on top of the trigger that fills more of the gap, as well as slightly extends the tip of the trigger.
  • Slide Not Locking Back on Empty Magazine – This is most certainly due to the position of the slide catch lever being too far rear, too big, and too wide. Many shooters, including myself, using an aggressive/high grip will inadvertently press the catch lever up enough to prevent the slide from locking back. Sig has redesigned the slide catch lever to be half the size, and extend forward as to prevent interference as well as built a “fence” around the catch lever to further shield it. For me, this part was a must have, and fixed the problem in short order. Note that Sig responded to this (as well as the larger Take Down Lever that most people hate) and now ship with the updated parts, see my post HERE. If you want the new smaller Slide Catch Lever, it can be had from Sig by calling them directly. The revised part number is 1300891-R. And if you hate the original Take Down Lever, you might as well order the new flat version, part number 1300777-R.
  • The gun prints high with the factory sights – If you’re getting factory sights, you might want to get the tall front and short rear.
  • Extraction – I don’t think this is a major issue, but I have heard of some people having issues with extraction, usually remedied with a new extractor.
  • Recoil/Muzzle Flip – This is not so much an issue as it is a misconception. Due to it’s higher bore axis, it is assumed that it will have more leverage against the shooter, thus have more muzzle flip. I myself had assumed this would be the case coming from the Glock G34 with a grip so high that I’d get the occasional slide bite. But truth be told, it has turned out not to be the case. In fact I can easily control recoil, far better than I ever could with my G34, and with much less effort with my box stock Sig. This “issue” is a non-issue, so don’t let it influence your decision.

What Parts to Have on Hand – So far, the P320 seems to be without an obvious Achille’s heel, but it’s really too soon to say. The pistol does have an inordinate amount of tiny springs, some of which are difficult to remove/install and are easily lost, so it’s a good idea to have some spares on hand in case of loss or damage. I spent a half an hour on the phone with some poor Sig sales person who helped me identify and order the parts, so I though I’d list the part SKU’s and Descriptions here for anyone needing to place an order.

  • Spring, Safety Lever, 320 – 1300673-R
  • Spring, Sear – 1300799-R
  • Spring, Striker Reset – 1300848-R
  • Spring, Safety Lock – 1300857-R
  • Spring, Striker 320 – 1300979-R
  • Spring, Trigger Bar 250, 320 – SPRING-5 – Brownells now carries this one.
  • Spring, Mag Catch, 250, 290 – SPRING-51
  • A spare extractor
  • Lucas Oil and Grease – It’s the official recommendation of Sig and Bruce Gray

Other Parts and Maintenance – Some other parts you may want to have because of revisions or wear

  • Lucas Oil and Grease
  • The revised flat Take Down Lever from Sig – 1300777-R
  • The revised smaller Slide Catch Lever from Sig – 1300891-R
  • Guide Rod and Spring – It seems that most are pitching the factory guide rod assembly and getting a new guide rod that accepts 1911 springs. Gray Guns and Springer Precision both offer one.
  • Spare extractor


  • Alma Cole has created a series of excellent videos on YouTube demonstrating how to tear down and reassemble the P320’s Fire Control Unit as well as tricks to getting the Trigger Bar Spring removed/reinstalled. Alma also offers permanent grip texturing if you are tired of slipping grip tape.
  • My competition load – 125 grain SNS RN bullet, 3.8 grains of Tite Group, CCI 500 primer, OAL is 1.1475. It averages 1023 FPS and 127 Power Factor.

Sig P320 Specific Sites

Shooting Stats for 2015

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 9.13.10 AMAs 2015 yields to 2016 and the confetti is still being swept up from the ball drop, I like to reflect upon the last year’s shooting season and set my goals for following year. 2015 was pretty interesting for me competitively in that is was as frustrating as it was gratifying. With only 6112 rounds fired this year, it is likely the least amount of shots fired since picking up the shooting sports. The same hip that I had reconstructed in January 2015 was re-injured and a subsequent surgery was required a few weeks ago. It’s been tough to compete, practice, and dry fire while needing to move very slow and gingerly, so as expected, my skills are not what they once were, and my stage times are pitiful.

I also really struggled with shooting in the Open division and the ongoing optic issues that seemed to haunt me. Going back to Production was really the shot in the arm I needed to put the energy and enthusiasm back into the sport for me. Conversely, discovering the Sig P320 has been one of the highlights of the year for me when it comes to equipment. It’s been a delight to shoot as well as the picture of reliability. Although I’m still waiting on my “Burke-a-fide” P320 race gun to find its way back from the smith, I continue to be impressed with the box stock P320 I’m using right now. Other than some decent sights, I could probably happily compete with the stock platform and not need anything more, it’s literally that good.

Outside of gear, shooting highlights of the year were pretty slim due to the fact I really didn’t get to shoot much. Ironically, I did wind up making A class in USPSA Production after shooting Open for a while. I guess I was able to pick up some skills in Open after all.

One other thing that I would file in the “good” column from 2015 is that I think I finally figured out how to train, as funny as that sounds. I recently posted about Training with Purpose and that has already beginning to accelerate my learning. I’ve been looking at shooting as if I’m just starting and questioning everything I do and how I do it. For example, the way I grip my pistol has changed dramatically in the last month and just doing that has allowed me to break through some of my speed barriers. I’m starting back at the beginning and building each piece and skill back up in the proper way. I know that sounds pretty boring and vague, but in reality, it’s been invigorating and exciting.

So with that, let’s throw down the gauntlet and list the goals for the upcoming year.

  • I want to make Master class in Production. And not just get the card, I want to shoot at that level and then some. Even though I hold an A card now, I don’t consider myself an A class shooter, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. I really do feel that I’m discovering lots of new skills, so it’s just honing those and being consistent. Getting close.
  • Shot Confidence. I want to know that there are no shots that I can’t make and do it quickly. I’m getting back to that that with the Sig already, but that has always been freestyle, but I need to have that same confidence shooting strong hand only/weak hand only. Practice, practice, practice. Always working on the fundamentals and raising my baseline marksmanship skills.
  • Speed. Speed. And more speed.
  • Major matches – I did squeeze in a sectional match this year, but that was the extent of it. Hopefully I’ll get to an Area match and who know, perhaps I’ll make it to Nationals this year.


The Ultimate Sig P320 USPSA Production Project


I’ve updated some of this content, so please double check my recommendations and see this UPDATE post here:

I’ve recently moved to the Sig Sauer P320 as my new USPSA Production platform after quite a bit of vetting. The pistol fits me so well that I’m able to drive it much harder with less recoil than anything I’ve tried up to this point. It’s every bit as accurate as the CZ’s out there in Production, light as the Glock, and seems to be as reliable as they come. Out of the box it is very capable, but it does need a few items addressed to allow it’s driver to get everything it’s capable of delivering. With that in mind, I thought I’d outline what I’m doing to prepare my P320 for the world of competition.

The primary reason I switched to the Sig from the Glock was ergonomics. The gun has to fit your hand so the shooter and the pistol can achieve maximum performance. The P320 ships with a Medium size Grip Module but several sizes are available, so be sure to try out the various sizes and select the one that best fits your hands. In my case, the Small Grip Module fits extremely well. For a little more traction of the pistol, a sheet of tall custom grip tape from Springer Precision was added and baked on with a heat gun.

The stock sights were replaced with a set of Dawson Precision Sig P320 Competition Fixed Sight Set. I selected the 0.115 rear notch, and for the front I installed the 0.100 wide .215 tall fiber optic sight. I’m not totally crazy about the set, but it’ll due for now. I also bought the taller front sight since I have found that most sight sets are spot on at 7 yards, but much too hight at 25 yards, where I happen to like my zero. I am having a custom set of sights made to my exact specifications which I’ll expand upon later in the post.

The Fire Control Unit, of FCU, is the section that needs the most attention. I performed a polishing job on my FCU which dropped the pull weight down a little over a pound, but there is much more to be done here. As a matter of clarity, I bought a second P320 and have sent it off to Robert Burke, The Sig Armorer, for a competition action job, among other things. When to comes to custom Sig action work, the de facto top two gunsmiths is Bruce Gray of Gray Guns, and Robert Burke. I’ve never heard anyone who isn’t completely satisfied with the work from either of them, so pick one and get in line. As I mentioned in this post, the Burke FCU’s I received did not function properly, therefore I would not recommend The Sig Armorer. 

Aside from the Competition Action Job that Burke will be performing, he is going to bead blast the slide which is simply cosmetic, but I like the look of it with the black Grip Module. The Small Grip Module is being sent out for stippling to increase my grip on the pistol which I hope will be equivalent to the grip tape because I always seem to destroy the tape and it adds up pretty fast. The factory guide rod assemble will be replaced with one from Springer Precision that allows standard 1911 springs to be used. I believe Burke uses a 14 pound recoil spring in conjunction with his Competition Action Job, but I have a box of them in various weights so I can tune the pistol to my load.

I am very particular about my sights and my favorite set to date are the Taran Tactical sight set that I installed on my Glock. Trying to mimic that set, Burke is going to install a 0.125 rear and have a 0.115 made for the front. I also asked him make it a little taller than my 25 yard zero requires so he can remove as much material as possible from the top of the front sight post so the fiber optic is as close as possible to the top of the sight.

One other thing worth mentioning is that my second P320 came with a flat/flush take down lever, and a redesigned slide release lever that is much smaller and forward than the one on my first P320. It seems as though Sig has listened to the complaints of its customers and have taken steps to correct and improve those “less than perfect” attributes of the pistol. Kudos to them! I can’t wait to have the smaller slide release, but to be honest, I really like the big ole’ take down lever. I use it like an Open gun “gas pedal” to fight recoil as well as give me a consistent index point when mounting the gun.

Other odds and ends. I ordered the Boss holster hanger and a Comptac holster for my new Double Alpha belt. I am a fan of the CR Speed magazine pouches, but found there ins’t an insert that fits the Sig magazine. I wound up using the STI/SVI magazine insert with a large washer behind it and it fits perfectly. I also ordered a set of Springer Precision +.25 base pads for my magazines to help when grabbing them from the magazine pouches and inserting them into the gun. As far as lubrication goes, I bought a bottle of Lucas gun oil and a tube of the Lucas grease as well.

When it’s all said and done, I’ll have my “Burke-a-fide” race gun and my backup P320 (pictured at the top of the post) that I’ll use for dry fire since the heavier trigger should help keep me honest. I imagine I’ll have my gun back from Burke in a couple of weeks or so, so expect a new range report with all of the custom work and new race parts installed. Until then, train hard and shoot strait.

Sig P320 #1

New Features of the Sig Sauer P320

New and improved controls
New and improved controls

It is refreshing to see a manufacturer being so responsive to the requests of it’s customer base. That’s a huge reason I dumped all of my Canon gear and switched to the Fuji X System. There seemed to be some common annoyances with the P320 platform that most shooters took issue with. The take down lever was very big and although I prefer it that way, most don’t. The slide release was hideous. It stuck out too far and was too far back which prevented the slide from locking back on an empty magazine when using the grip that most competitive shooter use. There was also an issue with the trigger itself where the tip of the blade would auger its way into the side of your trigger finger.

Well is seems Sig has listened to its customers and responded in short order by redesigning those parts and getting them to market rather quickly. I noticed the new and improved parts on the most recent P320 I bought. Notice the flat take down lever and the glorious slim (and forward) slide catch release lever. Boom!

Well played Sig Sauer, well played. Now if you don’t mind, create a magazine release for us small guys that isn’t longer, but has a larger surface that extends a bit to the rear of the gun. Sig, feel free to ping me for details.

First Match with the Sig Sauer P320F

sig_logo_blackI have zero patience as anyone who happens to know me can sure attest, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I found the closes match around and shot it. Nothing surprising about that at all, but I did so with a few “adjustments” that had yet to be tested. If you happened to catch my last post, which was a range report on my new P320, you probably recall me mentioning that the sights were severely off base, shooting about a foot high. Trying to fix that without having access to better sights, I did a bit of shade tree gunsmithing to try to get the sights to become useful. To bring the POI to the POA, I ground down quite a bit of material off of the rear sighs. Enough metal was removed that it took out the top section of the dots. I like a solid black rear sight, so I filled the dots with epoxy, filled flush, then painted black. The front sight needed quite a bit more work and I used a cutting wheel to cut a channel down the center of the sight as well as opening the sides up significantly. I then placed a piece of red fiber optic into the grove, melted the ends to keep it from moving, and filled the channel with epoxy which was filed flat. Yep, pretty hillbilly, but I didn’t want to wait until my new sights arrived before I could shoot, so there you go.

Worst...sights...ever...Worst...sights...ever...Worst...sights...ever...So I sauntered over to a Speed Steel match and registered in Limited, joined a squad, and hoped for the best. As you probably already guessed, it was a bit of a train wreck, initially that is. I totally butchered the first stage but once I figured out where I was hitting and applied a little “Kentucky windage,” I started connecting with the plates. After a little refinement of my grip I found that I merely needed to have the dot on the target (with my 5 o’clock hold for sight misalignment) to get a hit. The gun seems to have an innate desire to hit targets, so I let it do it’s thing.

After a few stages I was able to get an almost acceptable draw from surrender and my times began to drop into the reasonable. As luck would have it, my times wound up being lower than all of the centerfire shooters’ times in all of the divisions. There is no touching those rimfire guys though. Man, I freakin’ love this gun.

I simply cannot believe the effect that it’s ergonomics have had on my shooting. You cannot beat having a great grip while having your trigger finger in the correct position to pull strait back. I’m sold. In fact, I just ordered another P320 to have as a backup gun, and I don’t have to give up this one while the second one gets sent to gunsmith.

Stay tuned, as I will be outlining my strategy for building the Ultimate USPSA Production Sig Sauer P320, much like what I did with the two Glock G34’s, here and here.



Range Report – Sig Sauer P320F

sig-sauer-p320As promised from the last post, Switching to the Sig P320, this is a range report about my thoughts and experience on the P320, as a competitive platform, specifically for competing in USPSA Production Division. Like I mentioned in the last article, I found the ergonomics of the P320 far superior with the small grip module than my Gen4 G34’s. I do have some difficulty hitting the magazine release consistently and wish it extended back a little bit further to the rear, but hopefully with some dry fire I can make it a non-issue. At this point, the only thing that has been done to the pistol so far is a bit of polishing on the FCU, and the addition of a small grip frame module sporting some grip tape. It still sports the stock sights which are of the 3 dot variety. I’m not sure what Sig uses to sight in or select sight sizes, but it was printing about a foot high at 25 yards. Not too big of a deal since they’ll be getting replaced soon enough.

The first thing I did was shoot a quick set of groups at 7 yards, to verify functionality and get an idea of how the gun feels when I shoot it. 10 rounds in pretty much the same hole. Next I started backing up and shooting groups, to the 10 yard line, to the 15 yard line, then the 25 yard line. All groups seeking the same hole which was very impressive. I don’t generally think of a stock plastic gun as being super capable of shooting tight little groups and being anywhere near the accuracy of my high end 2011, but wow! It is shooting lights out with whatever ammo I’m feeding it.

Next I shot a “Standards” stage where you have a 5 second par time for each of the three strings; using 3 targets, 2 shots per target freestyle at 30 yards, then 2 shots per target strong hand only at 20 yards, and finally, 2 shots per target weak hand only at 10 yards. Then add up your points. With my G34 I typically get around 54 points, but with the (stock gun and sights, mind you) P320, my first attempt yielded 66 points, even while holding low to account for the POI being almost a foot high. Impressive!

Next up, Bill Drills. At 7 yards I planted 6 shots into the target as fast as I could keep the sights in the A zone. Although a bit slower than usual, not bad at all. A closer look at the timer revealed that it wasn’t the trigger that was adding all of the time to my drill, it was the draw, which I guess is to be expected since it’s a new gun with a totally different grip angle than I’m used to. The heavy trigger did have an impact on my splits as well, as most of my split times were in the .20 – .22 areas. Cumulatively, it wasn’t a surprise that my times were almost a second off.

One thing I was little concerned with about the P320 is the high bore axis. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the recoil reduction anywhere near what I can get the the G34, but after firing copious amount of rounds into the berm, I started to refine my grip in a way that not only hold the sights on target, but actually requires less effort than doing the same on my G34. Again, shocking how well the P320 was at smashing my expectations for it. Heck, it still had the factory recoil spring installed! I found that if I get my support hand further out towards the front of the gun and use the big take down lever that everyone complains about as my “gas pedal,” it requires very little effort to thwart recoil. I wind up having the rear of my thumb knuckle on the front corner of the take down lever while locking out my support hand wrist. That leaves me with a very relaxed strong hand grip which in turn provides me with a good trigger pull.

I rounded out the session with a variety of other drills I often perform to get an idea of the Sig’s capabilities vs. the G34. It performed swimmingly in all cases and eagerly ingested any ammo I fed it. Not a single issue at all. Very nice.

Now it is not all rainbows and unicorns, albeit close. The slide catch release lever is awful. It is too far to the rear, much too big, and sticks out much too far which leads to an issue where the slide never locks back on an empty magazine, and massive abrasions to meaty part of my support hand palm. That thing is just insidious in nature and needs to be addressed.

Another annoyance, which in all honesty is not the gun’s fault, is that my 9mm load will need to be adjusted. It is tailored for my G34’s longer barrel and produces 131 power factor. Out of the Sig’s shorter barrel, I lose about 50 fps which puts me right at 125 power factor, much too close for comfort. So be forewarned, you may find yourself shooting for no score if you don’t check your load for it’s power factor from your P320.

And finally, in the annoyance department, I wound up with a bloody blister on the side of my trigger finger from the bottom of the trigger blade. Not sure how that happens, but you might want to take some tape with you if you’re going to start shooting a P320.

All in all, I adore the P320 already despite some of the little annoyances. I have a ton of work to do in dry fire now to get used to it not being a Glock, but I plan to move forward with it in the upcoming USPSA season.

Next up, getting it ready for USPSA battle.

More to come…


Switching to the Sig P320

sig-sauer-p320Nope, it’s not April 1st, I am actually switching to a Sig Sauer P320. Seriously. Really, I am.

“But aren’t you a G34 guy?”
Yep, I am (was).

“But aren’t you always spewing off about sticking to a single platform and mastering it?”
Yep, that’s right. That’s what I advocate.

So with that, why the heck am I moving from my beloved Glocks the Sig? Ergonomics.

I’ve butted up agains some limitations with my Glocks that have been vexing me for quite some time now. Due to it’s size, er, my hand size, I simpley can’t reach the trigger without changing my grip from the optimal. I can hold the gun properly to manage recoil to the point where the sights barely lift, OR, run the trigger properly by getting my finger in the perfect position, 90 degree bend to pull strait back at speed without rubbing the frame or disturbing the sights. But I cannot do both simultaneously. The G34 is simple too big for my hands, even without the backstraps, to allow me to run the gun as well as I want.

My training partner has been shooting the P320 for a while now and I thought it was neat and all, but it’s not a Glock, soooo… But I happened to pick it and what do you know, it fits. If fits really darn well actually. For those not familiar with the platform, that is, most people, the P320 is a modular platform that allows caliber changes, uppers, lowers, etc. to be simply changed out at will. The serialized part of the firearm is the Fire Control Unit, or FCU, that sits between all of the other parts you can swap around. Well the lower my shooting partner has on his was the Full Size, Small Grip Module, which is pretty much the entire lower part of the gun. Instead of just having the choice of backstraps to adjust the grip, you have a large variety of lowers to choose from for the task at hand. So the Small Grip Module isn’t just a slightly shorter version of the regular grip, it’s entirely different as if the entire grip was scaled down which suite me quite well. Other than being thought of as Carnie Folk (small hands, smells like cabbage), it’s just fantastic.

The Sig P320 is also very nice out of the box. For a factory trigger it is divine albeit heavy, weighing in at over 8 lbs. on my trigger scale. With a partial disassembly and a bit of polishing using non-abrasive Flitz paste, it dropped to about 7.25 lbs. But don’t let the weight scare you, the quality overrides the quantity and if “feels” much lighter. On a side note, the quality of the parts were impressive. All of the little fiddley FCU parts really didn’t need much attention and I’m sure if I had just gone out and shot it It would have done the same thing as the polishing.

So overall, I’m very impressed with the innards and the ergonomics of the P320 so far. As you would expect from me, I will be posting quite a bit of detail around the P320 since there really doesn’t seem to be much about it yet. I’ll get it out to the range and get my initial thoughts up here soon, so stay tuned.