P320 X VTAC.
SIG Sauer, capitalizing on the success of the P320 handgun, is now shipping three additional P320 variants.
These three pistols, part of the X-Series, are unique in several different ways but are still P320s at heart.
This means these pistols still share the same modularity that makes the P320 such a unique firearm in the marketplace, and conceivably allows the shooter to buy one P320 and convert that one pistol into a full-size, compact or subcompact handgun in 9 mm Luger, .357 SIG or .40 S&W by purchasing the appropriate conversion parts.
Conversion parts are available now (or should be soon) as individual components or as complete exchange kits.
The three pistols currently being sold in the X-Series are the X-Carry, the X-VTAC and the X-FIVE. The X-Carry has been thoroughly and expertly reviewed by Joe Kurtenbach.
His three-part range report can be found at americanrifleman.org/gear.
Guns in the X-Series all ship with the X grip module, which is squarer and flatter along the edges than the standard grip module, giving these pistols a slightly boxy feel.
The X grip’s beavertail has been extended and scalloped and the trigger guard is aggressively undercut. These changes allow the shooter to obtain a higher grip on the pistol, which can help reduce “muzzle flip.”
Another feature unique to the X-Series is a flat, rather than curved, trigger, coming to rest at 90 degrees. This is said to help keep the shooter from pushing the gun off target as the trigger is pressed to the rear.
Also, it allows the shooter to place the trigger finger slightly lower on the trigger.
The lower the finger can be on the trigger, the farther it is from the trigger’s hinge point.
This can help increase leverage and reduce the trigger’s perceived weight.
Since the X-Carry model has already been reviewed, I will focus on the X-VTAC and X-FIVE. Up first is the X-VTAC. For those not familiar with VTAC, it is an acronym for Viking Tactics.
Viking Tactics is a training endeavor operated by Kyle Lamb, a retired U.S. Special Operations soldier with more than 20 years of military experience.
He is widely respected in the firearm training realm and is a published author, industry consultant and all-around nice guy.
Having attended several training classes taught by Kyle over the years, I was eager to shoot his take on the “perfect” P320.
The P320 X-VTAC is a full-sized pistol chambered in 9 mm Luger. It ships in a plastic box that includes three 17-round magazines.
The VTAC’s slide is PVD-coated a dull Flat Dark Earth and is topped with VTAC sights, which sit a little taller than conventional pistol sights, but that’s because they contain two different sets of dots.
At the top of the sights are fiber optic dots that shine nicely in direct sunlight.
Underneath the fiber optic inserts are tritium inserts for nighttime/reduced light use.
My initial reaction was that the sights are overly complex and offer a busy sight picture, but that wasn’t the case at all during live fire.
My eye naturally focused on what needed to be seen and I was not distracted by the extra set of dots on the sights. One caveat about the sights:
The VTAC is sighted in to provide a “combat sight picture” at 10 yards. This means that the pistol shoots low when using the top edges of the sights.
Rather a “just above center mass” hold was needed to get the pistol to shoot point of aim during accuracy testing.
SIG SAUER’s P320 handgun line is the darling of the firearms industry right now.
Fresh off of winning the new pistol contract with the US Army, the pistols have garnered a lot of attention from the shooting public lately.
One of the newest variations is the P320 X-VTAC.
This new gun was shown at the SHOT Show back in January and is available exclusively through Talo Distributors.
A sharp eye will recognize the gun immediately as a P320 variant. However, there are a number of changes from the base pistols sold by SIG SAUER.
Here’s a quick rundown on the gun should you be interested in picking one up from your local gun shop.
X-Series Grip Frame – The X-VTAC model uses the X-series polymer frame. It has an extended beavertail on the backside and a relatively high undercut behind the trigger guard.
The undercut is nice considering the relatively (for a striker fired pistol) high bore axis. It allows you to get your hand a little farther up on the grip.
Straight X-Series Trigger – This is a semi-custom flat trigger that is preferred by some shooters.
Slide Cuts and Color – The slide has a variety of cuts to give the gun a more custom look. This includes “enhanced serrations” and “slide lightening cuts.”
The gun is finished in a brownish color similar to flat dark earth.
Sights – The VTAC day/night sights are standard on this pistol. A fiber optic pipe is on top with tritium vials underneath.
This makes for 6-dot sights, though some shooters have said you never see the tritium sights as the fiber optics are so bright in most conditions.
The guns come with three 17 round magazines.
The suggested retail price of this gun is $918, and it should begin shipping around the first of July.