When Guns.com asked me to review the SIG P320 AXG Classic, I thought, “Oh, another ‘Wonder 9’ competing for the shooting public’s attention." 

Upon opening the box, I thought, “Wrong again, Ronbo.”

This gun is impressive! It is a smaller version of its military-issue cousin, the full-sized M17 that SIG first produced for the 101st Airborne.
 

Table of Contents

Video
My Impressions
Sights & Grips
Specifications
Range Time
Pros & Cons
SIG Custom Shop
Conclusion

VIDEO

 

 

MY IMPRESSIONS

 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
The striking reddish walnut grips contrast beautifully with the metal slide and frame. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Viewing the P320, my eyes are drawn to the red-colored walnut grips. They contrast against the blue metal slide and frame. These grips are nicely checked and cover the rear grip strap as well as the side plates. This is unusual when compared to a Colt 1911-style pistol. 

Notice that the P320 has few controls. No thumb safety nor grip safety to get in the way of a fast first shot when you need it. The trigger is a metal, no-nonsense revolver-style that breaks crisply at 5.5 pounds. SIG’s Fire Control Unit is designed for simplicity. It can be removed and transferred to another SIG pistol if desired – customization at its finest.

Notice also the lack of a hammer. This is a striker-fired handgun with fast lock time. The slide release is ambidextrous, located on both sides of the frame. The magazine release is reversible. Lefties need not be concerned.

I like the way it feels in my hand. It is solid with some heft to it. The slide is blue stainless steel, and the frame is Nitron-finished. When fired, I sense this as it absorbs recoil and seems more accurate. The grip frame is slightly more than an inch wide, making it easy to carry concealed. 
 

SIGHTS & GRIPS

 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol sights
A replaceable rear sight plate allows you to switch to one that can mount optics. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Although this pistol is equipped with standard iron sights, the P320 has a rear sight plate that is replaceable by one that will allow mounting of an optical sight. This gun groups well with irons. It is a mid-size gun but feels solid in my hand and returns to zero from shot to shot. Its fine-checkered grips aid in a firm hold while firing and allow good recovery from recoil.
 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
The extended beavertail grip protects my hand from the slide while firing. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

Notice the extended beavertail grip. It prevents the slide from biting the web of my hand upon firing. SIG has done a nice job of thinking out what shooters will need to carry this pistol. 

 
SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm magazine
Three 17-round steel magazines come with each new P320. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
The P320 is just 1.3 inches in width. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Shooting the P320 is like shooting a good double-action revolver. The trigger is curved steel that breaks like a revolver trigger would, but I have 17 rounds loaded instead of six. The steel magazine is well-made, adding to the gun’s reliability. SIG sends three with each gun. I like that! 
 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
This AXG Classic is chambered in 9mm. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
  • Weight: 1.95 pounds 
  • Barrel: 3.9 inches       
  • Height: 5.5 inches     
  • Width: 1.3 inches
  • Trigger: 5.5 pounds SIG Fire Control Unit    
  • Grips: Walnut    
  • Sight Radius: 5.8 inches
  • Calibers: 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, & 10mm Auto   
  • Magazine: 17-round steel (9mm)
  • MSRP: $1,251.99
     

RANGE TIME

 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
It doesn't just look nice – the P320 performs flawlessly on the range. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


Here at Arizona’s famous Area 51 near Tucson, I have set up steel plates, paper targets, and some infamous 2-liter soda bottles. They are no match for the SIG! 

As I aim and squeeze, I anticipate recoil, but it is light from this 9mm. My confidence increases with each shot as steel rings and soda bottles explode with first-shot regularity. The open sights are quick to pick up and make shooting easy.
 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol sights
The P320's iron sights are quick and easy to pick up. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)


This gun is accurate! Hitting the steel plate is easy and even the small “flapper” can be engaged effortlessly. The milk-bottle-shaped steel target gives a pleasant ding per hit. My favorite targets are the 2-liter soda bottles. No doubt about the power of a 9mm as they explode when hit. 

Shooting targets with the SIG is fun. (I cannot believe they pay me to do this!) I must admit that I am an old Glock guy with an old Glock. However, after shooting the SIG today I would not hesitate to carry it.

Although I did experience one stovepipe jam, I feel that reliability is high with the SIG. The case cleared quickly, and I was back in action. Any semi-auto pistol is only as good as the ammo you feed it.  
 

SIG CUSTOM SHOP


Did you know that you can build your own SIG online? Check out SIG's site and visit the Custom Works Studio (CWS). There you can create a custom P320 or P365. The CWS is always being updated with the latest SIG parts and accessories for clients to choose from. 

If you don’t feel like spending the time or money to customize a new SIG, there are plenty of unique used options on the market today.


RELATED: SIG Sauer Factory Tour – Birthplace of the P365, P320, MCX & More
    

PROS & CONS

Pros

  • Compact firepower    
  • 17-round 9mm steel magazine 
  • Customizable: convertible to different calibers/removable Trigger Control Unit 
  • Simple to operate, no unneeded controls 
  • Ambidextrous 
  • Looks: reddish walnut grips offset the blue steel 

Cons

  • Pricey: You get what you pay for!
     

CONCLUSION

 

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Classic 9mm Pistol
Ambidextrous, easy to handle and fire, and with those classic good looks – it's hard to beat the AXG Classic for a carry pistol. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)
 

Although I like a full-sized carry gun, the SIG P320 has some big features that are appealing. Solid steel construction and nicely checked grips allow for good shooting control. It is simple to aim and fire. 

Like a double-action revolver, there are no unneeded safeties. It is a lightweight, clean-looking pistol that carries well concealed. Customizable to suit left-handed shooters, it includes SIG’s Trigger Control Unit, which is transferable to other SIG pistols. Caliber conversion kits are also available. 

Sometimes we tend to select a gun based on its low cost. This pistol is high quality at a bit higher cost, but well worth the money if you intend it for personal defense. Pick one up and you may agree that the SIG P320 is well-designed and all quality.

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