SIG P320 Review

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In this article, I will review the SIG P320 Carry chambered in 9mm.  In addition to evaluating it in terms of Fit, Function, and Finances, I will also provide a range report on its reliability and accuracy.

A Little History

Since 1853, high quality durable products and innovation have been the hallmarks of Sig Sauer.  Known for producing the most sophisticated railway cars in Switzerland, the Swiss Wagon Factory made an ambitious move to build rifles for the Swiss Army.  After successfully winning a military contract to manufacture 30,000 Prelaz-Burnand rifles, they officially changed their name to Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (Swiss Industrial Company) or more simply: SIG.

For the next 100 years, SIG continued to manufacture small arms for the Swiss Army and Police while also expanding its product line to include  hunting and target firearms.  With their sights literally and figuratively set on … Read more »

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Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics

Aegis Academy - Howard Hall - Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics - Concealed CarryAs gun ownership and concealed carry steadily rise throughout the United States, more people are seeking information on finding the training and the tools to best prepare themselves for personal defense.  While there is no shortage of literature provided by gun and ammunition manufacturers, there are too many variables to unequivocally cite a single gun and ammunition combination which is the best or most effective for all shooters in all circumstances.  This article will discuss Handgun Defense Ammunition Terminal Ballistics in order to provide the information to help you determine what may be “best” for you.

As stated above, there is no shortage of ammunition advertisements making outrageous claims disguised as scientific research. This is especially true in the case of the G2 RIP (Radically Invasive Projectile).  I’ve even dedicated an article titled “Personal Defense Ammunition: Hype, Hyperbole, and Common Sense” to dispel and debunk some of the … Read more »

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Front Sight Focus

Front Sight Focus

For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.
For Instructional Purposes Only! This pistol was verified clear and aimed at a camera set on a timer.

This article will answer a reader’s question debating the importance of front sight focus. While addressing this topic, I’ll also cover the mechanics of the human eye and the different types of pistol sights.

“A lot of instructors, including you, stress the absolute importance of sharply focusing on the front sight when shooting a pistol.  You also put a heavy emphasis on the importance of shooting tight groups in your articles and gun reviews.  However, I attended some other courses and read a ton of other articles that downplay both the importance of front sight focus and shooting tight groups.  In these cases, they emphasize gaining only ‘flash front sight’ to achieve ‘combat accuracy’ as the key to effective defensive shooting.  I’m inclined to side with the latter because Read more »

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Bullet Set-Back

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In his book, “Student of the Gun,” author, firearms instructor, and former Marine Paul G. Markel succinctly describes the journey through firearms proficiency from novice through “expert.”  More importantly, he describes the attainment of “expert” not as indicative of the end of the journey, but a firm commitment to being a life-long student.  Through my personal journey, I’ve had the opportunity to train, compete, and instruct in firearms disciplines… and there are still many things I learn every day.  Although I’ve studied and written extensively on ballistics and considerations for personal and home defense ammunition, I recently “re-learned” a valuable lesson on bullet set-back that I’d like to briefly share with you.

For a number of years, I’d kept a 1911 in .45ACP as my home defense firearm and loaded it with 185 grain jacketed hollow-point cartridges.  During this time, I’d followed the advice that I’ve … Read more »

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Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm

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Many recent judicial rulings enabling a citizen’s lawful right to carry a concealed handgun coincide with the ever-present threat of violent criminal attack and a newer threat of terrorist activity in the homeland have greatly increased interest in sub-compact pistols.  So, I will add another pistol for consideration and review the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm and provide my observations of the handgun’s fit, function, and finances.  I’ll also incorporate some useful accessories, such as the CrossBreed MiniTuck inside-the-waistband holster and Tractiongrips pre-cut grip enhancing tape.

A Little History

Following the immense popularity of Glock’s entry into the U.S. law enforcement and civilian firearms marketplace, Smith & Wesson introduced the  polymer-framed Sigma in 1993.  However, S&W’s design was so close to a Glock that a copyright infringement suit ended the Sigma’s run in 1997.  Ten years later, S&W re-entered the polymer-framed striker-fired pistol … Read more »

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