SIG’s upper echelon of polymer-frame, striker-fired carry pistol’s
Full disclosure up front–I am a major Sig Sauer fan. I own many of their products. I train as often as I can at their academy. I especially like their P320 pistol line. I carry daily, instruct with, and often use some version of the P320 in competition. So when Sig came out with their X-Five competition series, I was very much intrigued. I don’t own one, but got to try an X-Five out on a few occasions. I liked it, but as the X-Five is a pretty big pistol and I have fairly small hands (infer from that whatever you like), I stuck with my current P320s.
Still, I had hoped that perhaps, someday, if I were very good, Sig would make a slightly smaller version for every day carry (EDC). That happy day has now arrived. Soon after, as if by magic, a 9mm Sig X-Carry appeared for me to play with. Sometimes dreams really do come true. My observations are noted here.
The X-Carry shares a lot of the same characteristics as a standard P320 Carry model, with notable differences influenced by the X-Five. Its almost like the X-Five and P320 Carry had a small child that has not quite grown up yet.
It also continues an industry trend of hybridizing EDC or general use guns with those seen in competition. One need look no further than the Errornet or most gun mags to see any number of pistols or rifles with parts that look as if they have undergone serious cosmetic surgery from stock to make them faster, lighter, more accurate and sexy looking. As the X-Carry goes, the frame is of similar dimensions to the P320 Carry, with the edition of a beavertail, slightly different grip geometry, and a single shallow finger grove just below the trigger guard. The improved frame alone is significant, as it gives the X-Carry a very different, more comfortable feel and allows slightly faster recovery between shots.
As they are now sold separately, I intend to invest in one. Of note, the X-Carry has a normal mag well versus the enlarged mag funnel of its larger relative, which is not really something you would expect to see on your typical carry pistol anyway. Controls are all in the same places, and except for the trigger are of the same configuration, with takedown exactly as the standard P320. Meanwhile the slide is about .10 inch longer than a standard Carry, but has a lightning cut on the top, and is crowned with Sig’s proprietary X-Ray 3 sights. These are in three-dot tritium configuration, and very much like similar versions from Trijicon or Meprolight with a donut around the lamp of the front sight for quicker acquisition.