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Old 12-09-2016, 04:35 AM   #1
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P320 Brass to head

Went to the range yesterday and rented a P320, it is only the second Sig I have ever fired. I have a P238 which I love. The P320 was great, very accurate and the trigger felt good. The only problem was that of the fifty rounds I fired, almost half of brass hit me in the forehead or cheeks. I asked the guys at the range counter and the store and no one could really explain why.

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Old 12-09-2016, 04:40 AM   #2
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Were you shooting all gangster style with it tilted on it's side???
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Old 12-09-2016, 04:41 AM   #3
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Just kidding! Not sure what would cause that as it has never been an issue with mine. Maybe something up with the extractor? Did anyone else try shooting it with the same results?
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The first couple of times I took my new P320 9mm compact to the range, it spit a few empty cases straight back at me, but then it smoothed out and has never done it since.
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The ejection angle is a combination of several things, including whether or not you're shooting hot or mild ammo, burn rate of the powder, ejector and how you grip the gun.

Mrs. Flash can make almost any gun eject where the brass hits her in the head/face simply by her grip, which is different from anyone else's I've seen. And no, I can't get her to change her grip and neither can anyone else. A bunch of people have tried, including instructors.

Anyway, I fix it by tuning my reloads to her gun and grip and fix it that way. Sometimes I have to increase the load a bit, sometimes decrease, but the vast majority of the time I fix it by decreasing the load and get it to where it ejects over her shoulder at around 4:30.
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Well, since it is obviously not a new gun, (Rental) I would see if others are having the same issue with that gun as Bearkat suggested. If no, I'm going with grip. I may have had a couple of those when mine was new, but nothing like that in a long time.

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Rentals can be unbelievably filthy and poorly lubed/maintained. Could be that.
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If that extractor hasnt been removed and cleaned in the last ~500 rounds, i could see that happening. I would almost guarantee that a rental has not been fully stripped and maintained the way an enthusiast would keep their tools. All of mine have a pretty solid ejection pattern.
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ditto on DBS comment, normally ejection patterns as you are describing come from "slow" slide velocity. Any slower and you would have had stovepipes. Low powered ammunition, dirty weapon, and lack of proper lubrication major causes. You could have been plagued by one of these, or a combination of all 3.
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Thanks for all the feedback, I really liked the 320, it is on my shortlist for my next purchase.
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I've got over 10K rounds through my 320. It was the first handgun I ever bought after months of research. I can't recall every being hit in the forehead. That thing makes nice, consistent pile of brass to my right shoulder.
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Went to the range yesterday and rented a P320, it is only the second Sig I have ever fired. I have a P238 which I love. The P320 was great, very accurate and the trigger felt good. The only problem was that of the fifty rounds I fired, almost half of brass hit me in the forehead or cheeks. I asked the guys at the range counter and the store and no one could really explain why.

Any suggestions?
Ah left handed are you?

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My 320C doesn't hit me in the head with brass. All rounds eject to the 3-5 o'clock, although it could be due to the fact that I clean the extractor/extractor channel pretty regularly.

I have noticed that the ejection is much stronger with full power defensive loads, as opposed to 115g FMJ.
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I'm left handed and rarely have this issue, maybe one casing in every 4 magazine reloads. Though I do have a funny video of my girlfriend getting hit on the forehead with brass the third round she shot out of it lol.
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Though I do have a funny video of my girlfriend getting hit on the forehead with brass the third round she shot out of it lol.
Please share.
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