Polymer framed Striker fired handguns are all the rage at the moment, with the frame molded into the chassis. Taking a step ahead and building on the earlier P250 platform, SIG Sauer has created a truly modular Striker fired handgun, the P320.
Modularity comes in handy, as armed forces have the need to replace their existing multiple handgun collection to suit different roles (military police, soldier combat firearms) with a single model that can be configured on the fly to meet any mission requirement.
The US has a drive to find the one gun called the Modular Handgun System (MHS) competition.
"The ergonomics of the P320 pistols are superior," Franz von Stauffenberg, CEO SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG, together with his US partner, Steve “Mato” Matulewicz, Executive Director Global Defense, SIG Sauer Inc., informed Mönch. "The P320 has a very good shape, with a deep pocket for the web of the hand, a proper grip angle for trigger control, recessed approaches to the rear of the trigger guard, and a squared notch at the bottom rear of the magazine well. This latter feature permits the shooter to get a good hold on the magazine in order to rip it out of the gun in the unlikely event of a feedway malfunction. However, the modularity of the grip system is superb."
For each size gun, SIG Sauer offers three sizes of grip modules (small, medium and large). The inside of each is the same, with correctly dimensioned magazine well, and pocket for the frame assembly; with the outside of each grip module being thicker/thinner. The actual circumference of the grip is bulkier as the sizes increase. By this means, the company tailors the pistol to just about any hand.
For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #1/2017, available at SHOT Show 2017; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.