P320 RXP XCOMPACT.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve carried the SIG P320 RXP XCompact and wondered if the changes were worth swapping out my standard XCompact for the new model.
Just like the original XCompact, the new RXP has a 3.6″ barrel and weighs 25.6 ounces unloaded.
The New RXP comes with the X-Series flat trigger just like the previous models which is a nice change from the standard P320 trigger.
Probably the biggest change between the older XCompacts compared to the new RXP is the undated optics cut and rear sight assembly.
The SIG Romeo 01 PRO that comes attached is a 6MOA red dot that has a large field of view that’s extremely easy to pick up.
The older XCompact had a slide cut for an optic as well, but the overall set up was a bit different.
The previous generation had the rear sight built into the optics plate which worked but the mounting screws locked into the plate next to the rear sights.
Having the mounting plate next to the sight made the optics plate secure but added to the overall thickness of the rear sight.
Thankfully, the new model has separated the rear sight and optics cut so it eliminates the problem of losing a rear sight and the issue of overall thickness.
The new RXP XCompact has suppressor high XRAY3 night sights with smaller blacked rears with tritium inserts and a large front dot.
Now I will be honest and say, I have always had a hard time transitioning over to an optic on a handgun.
I have no doubt there are benefits for longer distances and shooting more accurately with a dot but I haunt spent the time training with an optic on my pistol.
Over the years, I have had a couple of Glocks with Trijicon RMRs but never really enjoyed shooting them like I have with iron sights.
While taking the SIG Sauer RXP XCompact out, I found it to be a great gun to learn the basics skills of shooting a handgun with a red dot.
The wider field of view and 6MOA red dot makes it very easy to pick up without having to do the weird shuffle while you search for the red dot.
The suppressor height sights naturally bring your eye up on target to meet the red dot as well.
TRIGGER AND ACCURACY
During my time with the RXP XCompact, I shot roughly 1,200 rounds through the gun and it ran 100% even when putting steel cased Wolf 9mm and Blazer aluminium cased 115gr ammo.
For the majority of my testing, I used a mixture of SIG Sauer 115gr ball ammo and Blazer Brass 115gr and both ran flawlessly through the gun.
The flat X-Series trigger that comes standard with the gun is a nice upgrade from the standard curve trigger.
The trigger had a short take up with a crisp wall before breaking around 5.5 lbs followed by a quick positive reset.
Accuracy is fairly impressive with only a 3.6″ barrel on the RXP XCompact. At 10 yards I shot some slow controlled groups and my average group size from 5 groups varied from .75-1″ with standard range ammo.
Given its size and overall use, the RXP XCompact is impressively accurate. The XRAY3 sights are quick in close quarters shooting and make fast shots fairly easy.
One of the biggest benefits of having a P320 is the ability to change frames, slides and make a custom gun to your exact needs.
I shot the RXP XCompact entirely stock for testing but once I finished up, I decided to use the slide for my PMM Compensated P320 Range handgun.
Having a dual-port compensator along with a red dot and suppressor height sights is a definite plus. With Parker Mountain Machine and Agency Arms both coming out with barrel/compensator combos for sale, it’s a great way to have a high-end range gun without spending a few thousand dollars like you would with many other high-end handguns.
It’s an added benefit if you’re on the fence about having a compact handgun if you’re looking to have a range option as well.
The SIG P320 could have just been another Glock want to be.
It would have been a perfectly fine, and perfectly capable striker-fired pistol in full-sized, compact, and subcompact models.
Chamber them in the big 3 self-defense calibers and call it a day. SIG didn’t do that with the Sig P320 XCOMPACT.
Instead, SIG tossed the full weight of their behemoth sized company behind the gun. They ran headfirst into their gun and have released tons of different models, different frames, magazines sizes, optic’s cut models, and more.
The SIG P320 went from your average striker-fired handgun to a massive selection of guns with options for everyone.
The newest in this lineup is the SIG is the XCOMPACT.
You know for years the Glock 19 was considered the end all be all of the compact carry guns. It struck an excellent cord between size, shootability, and capacity.
It appears SIG and their new X Compact wants to unseat the Glock 19 from the throne.
What’s The X Mean?
The X series of SIG guns is their elite series. The X series started with a longer barrel, tuned SIGs in the all-metal P series.
With the P320 it’s begun to lean more towards combat handguns.
These guns share the same fire control unit as the average P320, but it features a wide variety of upgrades that refine the weapon and makes it more ergonomic, easier to shoot, and more comfortable overall.
Think of the X Series as the premium versions of the P320 series.
The P320 has several guns in the X series line and the XCOMPACT is the second of the X series designed for concealed carry.
The X-Carry was the first. The XCOMPACT is a bit shorter in both height and length. Overall as a premium grade gun, you are getting a wide variety of outstanding features.
The P320 XCOMPACT features SIG’s Nitron finish over a stainless-steel slide. The combination of the finish and stainless steel make this gun very rustproof in general.
The Nitron coating itself is a matte black and applied lovingly. The Nitron finish looks incredibly slick and is applied evenly across the slide of the gun.
What I like is that everything matches. The sights are the same shade as the gun, the gun has a slide cut and the top plate is also the same exact color as the rest of the gun.
We aren’t playing 50 shades of black with this gun and it calms me, to say the least.
The XCOMPACT’s polymer frame is also a matte black with aggressive styling to it. The grip features the SIG logo and is classy and stylishly done.
It all looks like it’s planned out and it’s executed flawlessly.
The parts fitment is also top-notch. I have an ergonomic complaint, but that will be for later. The way the parts move together is impressive.
The magazine release glides in and out of the gun. The slide lock is loose and moves easily.
The slide glides rearward like it’s on ball bearings and best of all it takes little effort to do.