It was back in December when I bought my last firearm. At the time I got a S&W M&P 2.0 in 9mm, the compact variety, and really liked it. I enjoyed shooting it at the range, but in training I learned that the safety was a clear impediment in terms of rapid action in an emergency. During training at least twice I found that the safety hung me up, and kept me from getting off a shot on time. At one point my time was 3 seconds to draw. Yikes! That’s head to the morgue time.
So, although I have a Glock 19 (and a 17, and a 34, and a 22, 26, 27, and 21) as well as a Sig P229, ultimately I determined I wanted to go in a different direction. I am, at some point, going to sell my .40 calibers and standardize on the .45 and 9 mm platforms.
Sig Sauer recently won the Modular Handgun System contract (some suggest they stole it away from Glock) with the design of the P320. While the M17 handgun is certainly different in some respects than the P320, it nonetheless has enough of the same material that you could argue you were carrying the same pistol that Special Forces carried. While I do not brag about what I carry or suppose that my choice is any better or worse than any others, the chief reason I chose the P320 was that if the Army has them, they are going to be around for a long time, and so will the parts.
Now, at the same time it is worth noting that shortly after it was released in the civilian market, someone decided to drop test it.
Okay, who does this? Who says, “Geez, I just spent $800 on this gun, let me drop it and see what happens?”
If dropped in the right way, the P320 would fire if there was a round in the chamber. I am exceptionally careful about firearms and firearms safety, but even I drop things from time to time. The last thing I wanted was a gun that was going to go bang without me pulling the trigger.
However, reputable gun stores had already had their stocks retrofitted by the end of the year last year, and in March, when I went to get my P320, the model I received was already retrofitted.
Because the P320 comes in a variety of configurations, including the updated X-Five version (a race gun coveted by many IDPA contenders), I had to decide whether, and to what extent I wanted a stock unmodified gun, or one of the more custom jobs. After talking with my wife about it, I decided on the P320RX which comes in the compact version with a Romeo1 sight built in. My wife, in her uncharacteristically snarky manner, suggested that to hit the “broad side of a barn” I had better get the reflex sight. I would note, she can shoot the antennas of a gnat’s ass as 100 yards, so I decided to listen to her.
As it happened, I bought the gun the very day that the worthless, no good, rotten, lying Republican in Name Only Rick Scott signed the “Screw the 18 Year Old Voter Act” into law, banning sales to those between 18 and 21. Federal law already prevented 18 year olds from owning pistols, but this now prevents them from buying them in Florida.
But not from possessing them.
Which means, of course, that anyone who wants one will simply drive across the state line to Alabama or Georgia and buy their AR-15 there. Yes, we should probably not bother telling the pearl-clutching, weak-kneed “We’ve got to DO SOMETHING” crowd that federal gun laws allow sales to these prohibited buyers in contiguous states.
Anyway, apparently the FDLE had to shut down and reprogram their computers and it took two hours for background checks to go through. That was very frustrating. But eventually I was able to take my new P320 home, install the battery, and play with the weapon in dry-fire mode.
One thing I really liked was the degree of variability in the light intensity on the Romeo sight, and the auto-shutoff that turns the sight off when not in use. That will surely save some CR1632 batteries down the road.
The first major problem I discovered, much like when I purchased the Smith, was that there were not a lot of holsters designed for the 320RX. I finally found one on Amazon from Concealment Express that should be arriving shortly. I am looking forward to reporting on how it works.
Range report will appear here soon!