The P320 success story continues. On 25 June, SIG Sauer, Inc. announced the Danish Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected the SIG P320 X-CARRY to replace their standard service pistol covering the Danish Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command (SOCOM). MONCh broke the story on 13 April 2018, for more see here. With over 7,000 pistols ordered, the SIG P320 X-CARRY comes with a 21 round magazine, XRAY 3 night-sights and is optic (e.g. reflex red-dot sight) ready.
The procurement process for the Danish MoD’s new standard service pistol lasted four weeks in which the Glock 17 Gen 5, Beretta APX, Canik TP 9 SF and the SIG P320 X-CARRY, were tested under all possible conditions and varying circumstances that the pistol would be used. Testing for accuracy, night shooting and field testing were conducted by the three services and SOCOM. Additional drop, penetration and precision testing were conducted by various selected experts for each of the contenders.
“By far, SIG Sauer’s P320 X-CARRY outperformed the competition throughout our rigorous and stringent testing process,” Tom Elvius-Brisson, Chief of Weaponry Branch, Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation, said. “The P320 X-CARRY pistol is the modern firearm we were looking for to support our soldiers. The P320 X-CARRY has a larger magazine capacity, comes reflex red-dot ready for sighting, and has the ability to incorporate a suppressor – all extremely important features to our soldiers for their sidearm today and are all features which were missing on the current pistol in service in the Danish Defence.”
The P320 X-CARRY is a modular, striker-fired pistol with a serialised trigger group available in varying grip sizes and adaptable to multiple calibres. The standard service P320 X-CARRY pistol that will be issued by the Danish MoD comes with an enhanced X-CARRY polymer grip, flat trigger, extended beaver tail, extended removable magwell and a deep trigger guard undercut. The pistol will come standard with XRAY 3 night-sights with the option to easily interchange reflex red-dot sights. XRAY 3 night-sights are a 3-Dot tritium system for glowing illumination in low-light. The intuitive 3-point takedown requires no trigger pull for disassembly, and safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety and optional manual safety.
“At SIG SAUER we are committed to manufacturing and providing firearms for the global military and defense community that surpass expectations in quality, performance, and safety. We are very proud that the P320 continues to be the top choice by military and law enforcement from around the world as their standard issue pistol,” added Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, Inc. “It’s an honor to earn the confidence of the Danish MoD, to support their mission, and to strengthen our partnership through this selection of the SIG Sauer P320 X-CARRY.”
Denmark is the first European NATO country to officially select a SIG Sauer P320 series pistol as the officially issued standard service firearm. The MoD contract will be serviced by the company's partner in Denmark, CT Solutions ApS.