SIG may be the modularity champ, but sometimes a bit of custom is called for.
SIG loves modularity, and I love SIG for loving modularity because I love modularity. The P320 and P365 series are both examples of why modularity is so cool. The SIG P320 could've just been another striker-fired polymer frame pistol designed to fight Glock's market share. Yet, they took some innovation from the failed P250 and crafted one of the most innovative pistols of all time. The latest in the P320 line to show their extreme modularity is the SIG P320 AXG Scorpion.
The SIG AXG Scorpion is SIG Sauer's first custom works gun and splits from the pack by featuring an all-metal grip frame. AXG stands for Alloy Xseries Grip and allows the AXG Scorpion to depart from the plastic fantastic that makes up most P320s. Striker-fired metal frame pistols are rather odd in the modern-day, and while the P320 AXG is not the first, it won't be the last either.
The cold nature of metal provides a certain degree of class not found in polymer frame pistols. Sure, it's heavier, but heavy is good. (When you run out of ammo, you can throw it like a brick.) SIG uses the Scorpion moniker for their FDE 1911s featuring G10 grips, and this is the first P320 Scorpion as well.
SIG has what is seemingly dozens of configurations with the SIG P320, and the P320 AXG falls into the Carry configuration. Carry models sport a compact slide tacked onto a full-sized grip. It seems to be one of their most popular configurations, and I can see why SIG Chose it. Personally, for an all-metal variant, I wouldn't mind seeing the X5 slide or just the full-sized model. A small complaint and the Carry configuration would allow the addition of a compensator without overbulking the gun.
That's the million-dollar question, right? The P320 has a reputation for being a smooth shooter, and that's helped it become the weapon of choice for the United States military and numerous police forces. I've always enjoyed the P320, but I love the SIG P320 AXG.
Love is often found at first sight, and by first sight I mean the first time I put the sights on my target and pressed the trigger. The SIG P320 AXG handles like a kitten. The big beavertail allows for a nice high grip on the gun, and that enhances your control. The trigger undercut is perfect as well and helps with a high grip.
I often feel polymer flex under my grip, and that doesn't occur with metal. There is no flex, and I feel inspired to ratchet my grip down nice and tight. The gun stays put with little recoil. It's completely controllable.
The trigger on the P320 AXG comes from the Legion series of firearms. These are much more refined than the standard, and it shows. It's a flat-faced trigger that allows complete control over the pull. It's backed by a short reset that's tactile and audible.
A bright green front sight is easy to spot and track. At 50 yards, I can easily see that front sight and put it where I want it. With a little press, the gun barks, and I hear that satisfying ding. Well, at least most of the time, I hear it. At 50 yards, I scored eight out of ten shots. That's an impressive degree of accuracy for such a little pistol.
The MSRP of the SIG P320 AXG Scorpion is $999. While it's far from cheap, it's still considerably more affordable than most custom guns. The P320 AXG is cheap for a custom gun, if that makes sense. IS it worth the cost? That's on the end-user. I find it to be a fantastic firearm and found it well worth the money. I also have a bias towards metal frame striker-fired guns, so keep that in mind. The P320 AXG Scorpion is an excellent showing of the SIG Custom Works Shop, and I can't wait to see what's next.
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.
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