SIG’s Service Stand-In

The P320 Has A Very Cost-Effective CO2 Stablemate
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Realism-plus: A reciprocating slide and a puff of smoke!

SIG’s Quad Shooting Gallery Target (below, foreground) has a trap for indoor use and
the Texas Star Spinner offers a bit of moving-target challenge.

My first “pistol” was an air-powered .177 Benjamin smoothbore with a wooden “Tootsie Roll” pump handle and a grayish plastic set of grip panels. It was what it was. A very cool tool for ventilating tin cans, but nothing remotely intended to resemble a real handgun of darn near any description.

This is definitely not the case with the SIG P320. The term “spittin’ image” may bring early 1960s Daisy ads for kid’s TV shows to mind, but it perfectly describes this CO2 pistol’s resemblance to the company’s modular, striker-fired 9mm US Army issue pistol (which sports the same model number). The P320 is obviously intended as a low-cost practice stand-in for the real thing. And if you’re going to emulate the real thing, our new, recently adopted service sidearm makes for a pretty sensible template. Plus, unlike my old Benjamin, this CO2 understudy is rifled and handles .177 pellets or BB’s from a 30-round magazine.

The P320 has 9.6-inch OAL and a 2.2-pound weight—numbers easily bracketed by our new modular service pistol’s various formats. And our test sample even had the “Coyote Tan” finish of the 9mm service arm—not to mention the M1913 light/laser rail. Economy is key here, as SIG describes the virtues of its CO2 option: … “low audible profile, practice space versatility and radically less expensive ammunition.” And the gun itself costs $119.99—a radical downsizing from the sticker price of the real thing.

The steel “blowback slide” reciprocates. The sights—thankfully—are a direct copy of the real 3-dot thing and are easy to acquire. Rested 5-shot groups at 30 feet were less than an inch. The muzzle velocity claim (at peak CO2 pressure) is 430 fps, which we found to be only 4 fps over our peak figure using our trusty chronograph.

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SIG’s “other” P320 is the Coyote Tan, .177-caliber air pistol, s
porting serious sights and excellent accuracy.

The only drawback—and not uncommon for a CO2 pistol—is the long, creepy trigger. The one on ours broke at a bit over 7 pounds. But once you’re used to it, you can do some very accurate shooting.

We’ve mentioned before SIG is truly a full shooting-service operation—guns, optics, ammo, and accessories. Everything we used with it was also a SIG product—.177 Match Ballistic Alloy Pellets, Quad Shooting Gallery Target and Texas Star Spinner. The Quad, incidentally, was perfect for inside-the-garage practice, featuring a pellet trap and a row of nifty pop-down reset targets. This certainly beats the heck out of our old, unsophisticated expedient of a cardboard box filled with old magazines. One caveat: It’s for low velocity pellets, not BB’s—which can bounce erratically to say the least.

Do not forget eye protection, no matter what you’re running thru the SIG P320. When it comes to your eyeballs, there’s no such phrase as “only 450 fps.”

A pull-out handle for rolling transport.

Plus individual recesses for your cherished pistolas and magazines are what the
CaseCruzer Universal 6-Pack Handgun Case offers.

Rolling Range Box

Our days of heading out to the range with a box of shells and a single rifle or handgun ended long ago. Now it’s a major logistical exercise—multiple guns, wads of ammo, chronograph, spotting scopes, ear protection, shooting mats, sandbags and assorted shooting rests, not to mention targets, assorted cleaning implements and what have you.

The CaseCruzer Universal 6-Pack Handgun Case will hold an assortment of popular semi-auto pistols longer than 7 inches in length. What’s very handy is it has a pull-out handle with wheels for easy, airport-like transport. The lockable synthetic case itself is 100 percent watertight, dust-and-corrosion proof and floats! And, yes, they do models for revolvers as well as ones for a lesser amount of handguns for $359.

CPD Industries
4665 State St.
Montclair, CA 91763
www.casecruzer.com

SIG SAUER, Inc.
72 Pease Blvd
Newington, NH 03801
(603) 610-3000
www.sigsauer.com

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