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Old 08-14-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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p320 trigger too light for CCW?

Does anyone think the trigger on the p320 is too light for concealed carry to be safe?

The short take up and smooth pull actually startles people the first time the shoot mine if they are used to other striker fired guns.

I took a CCW class yesterday and let the instructor shoot it. He actually jumped a little on the first pull. He said he would not be comfortable carrying the gun compared to a glock or HK vp9.

I had the range operator who has shot the p320 before try mine and he they are great smooth triggers and thats the way they all are. He shot it and said it is the same as all the p320's he has shot and that it was fine. He said that is what good holsters are for and keeping the finger off trigger.


So what do you think? Is the p320's smooth trigger with less take up ok for concealed carry gun?

Or are you more comfortable with other options?
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:26 AM   #2
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I tried one particular used subcompact at a gunshop and thought the trigger was way too light/short, but was nice. I thought it might had been worked on, but wasn't sure. I don't carry any striker fired pistols because of the greater chance of a AD/ND, but that's just my thing. I've been camping in extremely cold weather, wearing a lot of clothes, holstering my pistol in the middle of the night in the tent after waking. I would not feel comfortable doing all that having to fear a piece of clothing getting caught by accident in the trigger guard. That has resulted in NDs with Glocks and similar pistols before. Or if you have to grab your pistol real quickly and don't have a holster, basically carrying it Mexican style iwb, much safer with a DA trigger. Many will disagree with this though.
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Old 08-14-2016, 11:28 AM   #3
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the stock p320s trigger is perfect for ccw imo.

i have a glock 19 with custom trigger work that is borderline scary for carry, makes for fun at the range though.
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I've got Sig P250s and consider it very safe and effective for EDC
With no external safety I think the P320 does have a higher possibility of being accidentally discharged when being handled, this includes re-holstering and getting past your clothing .
As far as shooting ,the best trigger is the one you used to .
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This is a very subjective topic. I don't believe there is an objective way to decide what is best, what is too light, or what is too heavy for any particular individual.

There is a balance between safety and accuracy. Just focusing on the P320, if you had a competition trigger job done with a 1.5lb trigger and an even shorter take-up, then you'd experience an improvement with your accuracy and follow-up shots. But you'd have a gun that can discharge if you finger the trigger. Conversely, if you put a heavy trigger spring that increased the weight to 10lbs, then you'd have a safer, more forgiving trigger. But then you'd find it harder not to pull shots. The balance is up to you.

If it makes you feel better, the FBI just picked a new pistol, and the requirements was for a striker-fired pistol with a trigger-weight between 4.5lbs and 6.0lbs. The P320 fits that requirement.

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Old 08-14-2016, 12:15 PM   #6
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You should carry whatever type of trigger you feel is best for you. I carry the 320 iwb, I also carry pocket pistol either a 290 rs dao, or 938 sao which is locked and cocked. Not all at same time. Some will say you should carry only one type of trigger as you will be looking for that trigger which you are most familiar with in a emergency. I feel that I have been practicing with these enough to have the ability to use them in that situation if needed. Hopefully that time will never come.
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I forgot to mention the guns are in holsters that completely cover the triggers
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It is very subjective. If you train with it and are used to the trigger than there is nothing wrong. Just because the CCW instructor was surprised doesn't mean that your 320 isn't up to the CCW task. Other people are used to their own platforms and biases. If this is going to be your main CCW, be very familiar and train with it.

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Don't confuse smooth action with light trigger pull. I would argue that most glocks, VP9 & certainly the PPQ triggers are lighter than the 320. Mine measures easily 6.5lbs (in line with sig specs as most all are) yet felt almost as light as my PPQ at 4.5lbs. It's not really lighter, it is the action of the trigger that makes it feel that way. The 320 is am excellent cc imo precisely because of the smooth, but heavier trigger pull and gives me a very good tactile feel of the trigger pull all the way through. I think if you spend a little time with it you'd likely appreciate it more. You should rent one and put some rounds down range and see if you get comfortable with it. If not, maybe you should look at da/sa manual of arms.
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...carrying it Mexican style ...
this is a NO-NO!!!

"Mexican style" is for just tempting Mr. Murphy and the fate. (IMHO)
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the factory trigger pull weight is fine for open or concealed carry where its 5.5-7.5 and that's a good trigger pull weight anything less than 5lbs is only made for completion shooting and not recommended for open/concealed carry. so with that said its not to light and will not cause any accidental discharge or negligent discharge if so they would never left the factory with that weight and would have much more heavier trigger pull. if the shooting instructor stated that it was unsafe and would not carry that firearm I would ask to get my $$$ back for the class because if he feels that way I would not take any of the information that he told you in that ccw class you paid for and took. but if you are not used to a striker fired handgun you might think that its unsafe just like when glock first came out people said that they did not feel safe with carrying it because of the safety was on the trigger and would cause accidental discharge or negligent discharge. some people are just ignorant and they repeat something that someone heard from someone and so-on and so-on. as long as you practice with that firearm and know how to use it and have a proper holster that covers the trigger guard you will be good to go and just keep your finger off the trigger till when you are ready to discharge the firearm.
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As others have said, it might simply be that a striker fired pistol isn't your type of EDC.

I know it's not for me. I want a hammer and either safety for my SA or good o'le DA/SA !
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Two of the most important safety rules: keep your finger off the trigger, and never point it at something you don't want to destroy. Practice a lot. Carry all you want, the gun isn't going to go off by itself. That's my opinion.
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It is very subjective. If you train with it and are used to the trigger than there is nothing wrong. Just because the CCW instructor was surprised doesn't mean that your 320 isn't up to the CCW task. Other people are used to their own platforms and biases. If this is going to be your main CCW, be very familiar and train with it.

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I would agree. I carried M&P's and 1911's for nearly 3 years (all with safeties). I trained with the safeties to "sweep on draw", but always kept my finger clear. When I got the P320 Compact, it was "strange" with the safety not being there, but I quickly got used to just being a little more careful with the trigger finger, and MUCH more careful when holstering the gun. I was a bit paranoid at first, but after 2 months of carry, I guess I've become even MORE safety conscious, which is a GOOD thing. Maybe everyone should carry without safeties for a while....it'll definitely make you have more discipline.

As to the trigger being too light? Not at all......my Apex'd M&P's were at around 4 lbs (with thumb safeties). The P320 is very smooth, but a good bit heavier than the Apex'd M&P's.
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I think what startled the instructor the most was the small amount of take up and then the quick clean break of the trigger vs the glock that he is accustomed to shooting.
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