Can Sig Sauer Pull off Its Planned Huge Changes to Its Guns?

Can Sig Sauer Pull off Its Planned Huge Changes to Its Guns?

Charlie Gao

Technology, Americas

Let’s take a look.

Key point: Sig Sauer wants to try something new to maintain and expand their market share.

While the polymer-framed striker-fired pistol may be currently dominating the civilian handgun market, there has been some pushback. Some shooters desire a return to old steel or alloy frames, as a heavier metal slide on a lighter polymer frame has increased muzzle flip versus an all-steel design.

Walther was one of the first companies to capitalize on the desire for a heavier steel-framed version of one of their striker-fired polymer designs when they released the Q5 Match Steel pistol, a steel-framed version of their popular PPQ series. By most accounts, this pistol has been a hit with shooters, providing the consistent, excellent trigger pull the PPQ is known for on a heavier steel frame that soaks up the recoil.

Sig Sauer, Inc. also has responded to the demand recently with the release of the P320 XFIVE Legion pistol. This pistol is the first from the myriad of P320 variants to receive Sig Sauer’s “Legion” branding, a brand typically reserved for guns that have some level of enhanced parts put into them.

For the P320 XFIVE Legion, this is the special frame that is said to be “TXG tungsten-infused polymer,” which supposedly makes the regular polymer P320 grip module “as heavy as steel.” TXG is probably an easy way for Sig Sauer to make a heavy frame version of the P320 without doing much engineering to create a steel frame version. The XFIVE Legion model, in particular, combines this heavy frame with a slide with significant lightening cuts, which reduces muzzle flip even further by balancing the weight between the frame and the slide.

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