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Old 01-15-2017, 07:10 AM   #1
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Disappointed with my new P320

Hi all,
I want to preface this by saying that this is not in any way meant to complain about or bash the P320. I am simply sharing my initial experience and looking for help on improving. I grew up shooting one of my fathers first duty weapons which was a Sig P220 9mm with the European style mag release. I fell in love with Sigs from that point on with the exception of my dislike for DA/SA, so when I found a P320 Compact for $450 out the door I couldn't resist! I love the look, the trigger, the modularity, the feel in my hand, how well it points, just about everything until I tried to shoot it. I am by no means a crack shot, but I can shoot my XD Mod.2 SC 3" and S&W Shield respectably well, comfortably and fairly easily. All these firearms are 9mm btw. With the P320, I just can't shoot very good groups. I asked my LGS who is also an instructor, and he suggested some minor changes to my grip, which improved my shooting with the P320 a little, but it's still much more challenging to shoot than my other two SC pistols. I also find the face of the trigger to be fairly uncomfortable when shooting. I specifically bought the P320 in a larger size thinking it would be easier to shoot and would replace my XD mod.2 on my nightstand. Has anyone else experience anything like this? I don't think it can be something wrong with the gun, though I would like to change the sights to give it more of a 6 o'clock hold, just works better for me since I am subconsciously always trying to see the bullseye. My wife likes it and shoots it decently well even though she is not experienced, and it just seems very unlikely that it could be the gun itself. I guess I just don't understand what I could be doing wrong. From everything I've read online this gun should be a dream to shoot, why am I shooting my SC pistols so much better and more easily? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated! Again I do not mean for this to come across as complaining about the gun or bashing on it, I'm just very confused and want to figure this out so I can love the gun as much as I expected I would!


P.S. I should mention that so far, the P320 has been completely reliable, even shooting cheap Tula ammo with steel case and bimetal jacket. Not a single malfunction.

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Old 01-15-2017, 07:29 AM   #2
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Again I do not mean for this to come across as complaining about the gun or bashing on it, I'm just very confused and want to figure this out

Don't you fret none son we gonna get your mind right. I'd say you need to give it time and get accustomed to it, every gun handles differently and if you are coming form those Croatia made Springfield Armory guns by way of 3 people in an office in Illinois and trying to hide behind a name that's been dead since 68, well it will require practice.

Hang in there and don't do anything rash, you made the right decision when you decided to buy American.
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give it some time.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:28 AM   #4
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Practice, practice!!
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That's what I call a wall of text....
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What they all said.

Also it will help if you "soften up" the gun some. Put it in a pot of boiling water and simmer on low for about 30 minutes. That should do.

Me? I'm sticking with my P229 DA/SA and P938 SAO.
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LOL what?!?? Put it in boiling water??
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Will just take a bit to get used to it

Practice, Practice Practice. It happens, when I go from my 229 that I carry in winter back to the 320 I carry in summer, it takes a few range trips to get back in the groove. Well it used to, I rotate through the 226/229/320 each week at the range to keep current with each.
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I found the opposite to be true, I shoot my P320C better than any compact or subcompact gun I've tried so far.
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Sometimes a gun is like a good woman...you have to date them for a while before they put out. Take your 320 out to a nice dinner, treat her like the lady she is and she'll come around. Picking her up and taking her shooting was just you getting to first base. Working on a proper grip, that's second base. Trigger control is third base for obvious reasons and drilling 15 rounds dead center...well that's a home run my friend.
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Then My Brand new P238 Must be a ho, cuz she put out on the first date!!!! LOL,
1st shot 1-2 ring , 2nd shot RED DOT!! Bingo Home run!!!, now its time for a cigarette,
and a sandwich LOL!!!,
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I'll gladly take it off your hands


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Yep. Keep at it. There are a few threads here about the trigger. I installed the Apex flat trigger in mine and find it more comfortable for me. I love mine and if the hole isn't where I thought it would be, it's all on me.

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Most P320 owners have been impressed with their pistols' accuracy. I have a 9mm compact and a .45 ACP and they are both more accurate than I can be.

But a pistol does not necessarily work for everyone. There are Glock fans in every tree, but those pistols do not work for me, and I have given up on trying to make them work.

I would stick with the P320 and see if things improve over time. Your compact probably came with a medium size grip module, and depending on your hand size it is possible a small or large would work better. Grip modules cost around $40 or so and are easily swapped.

As for changing the sight picture, that is pretty easy to do. First, determine what number your front and rear sights are. There will be a small number on the left horizontal portion of the front sight, and the right vertical portion of the rear. They can be quite hard to read. You might need to use a magnifying glass or take a flash digital photo.

If you want to bring the point of impact up relative to the point of aim, use a higher number front sight or a higher number rear sight, or both. For front sights, a higher number means a shorter sight. For rear sights a higher number means a taller sight. Either or both moves the groups up for any given hold.
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:43 PM   #15
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Thank you all for the replies! I put quite a few more rounds down range today and I am happy to say things are already getting better. Not great yet, but then I'm not a great shot either. I have determined that my sights are currently a 6 in the front and 8 in the rear. That will definitely be getting changed to an 8 and 8. I have felt the apex flat trigger and that may be something I do eventually. Thank you again for all the encouragement!


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