Volume 23, Number 5 August/September 2015


They say that the three most important things in real estate are: “Location, location, location.” Well, for a defense pistol, it’s: “Reliability, reliability, reliability.” All those endless arguments about cartridges, bullets, ballistics, sights, triggers, magazines, accuracy, and ergonomics don’t mean spit if the gun fails to go bang when bad things happen.

There are several protocols to determine if a pistol is reliable, but I used a rather unique approach with Sig Sauer’s new entry to the polymer-framed, striker-fired world of defensive pistols. Late last summer, I completed a multi-day training course at the Sig Sauer Academy, during which I fired about 1,500 rounds of 9mm ammo from the Sig Sauer P320 handgun. I shot with my strong hand, my weak hand, and both hands. I shot while on the move and when seated in a chair. I fired the gun from a locked, standing stance and from a limp-wristed, barely-clearing-the-holster hip-shooting position—and everything in between. I did man-on-man drills, where speed was more important than anything else, as well as some slow precision-shoot-for-groups techniques. I did all this with a borrowed Sig Sauer P320 pistol, and it never once failed or even hinted at failure.