P320 AXG Scorpion: SIG Sauer’s Custom, Aluminum-Frame 9mm Pistol

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SIG Sauer just announced the all-new P320 AXG Scorpion, which builds on the ever-popular P320 platform. The new pistol brings a heightened level of performance to the P320 pistols via features that will be considered enhancements. 

The SIG Sauer P320 polymer frame striker-fired handguns have quickly evolved into an industry leader for duty and personal defense handguns after arriving on the scene in 2014. Its selection as the U.S. Army’s new sidearm via the MHS (Modular Handgun System) Program trials made headlines and ruffled competitor’s feathers for sure. 

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It’s well known that SIG never rests on its laurels. Always pushing the envelope, SIG introduces new variants of already successful weapons in the quest to scratch everyone’s “itch.” This is done by combining various features within a product line from input coming from competition, tactical, LE and concealed carry circles.

The heart of all SIG P320s is the fire control mechanism or “chassis.” Considered the pistol, the chassis bears the required serial number marking. The fire control chassis fits into a grip module. The chassis allows for the SIG P320’s modularity between different models, slides and frames. The key to the SIG P320’s success is its minimal operating controls, high cartridge capacity to size ratio, and also relentless reliability.

SIG P320 AXG Scorpion Details

This all brings us to the new SIG P320 AXG Scorpion. The new pistol stands out among its P320 brethren. It falls into the SIG X-Series of P320s. The pistol features a distinctive aluminum grip module with custom Hogue G10 Piranha grip panels and rear insert, FDE Cerakote finish, X-Series flat skeleton trigger, and XRay3 Day/Night sights with U-notch rear. It also features an X-Series Optic ready slide, which is compatible with SIG Romeo 1PRO, Leupold Delta Point Pro, or Trijicon RMR red dots. Lastly, the P320 AXG Scorpion arrives with three, 17-round magazines placed inside Custom Works Case featuring a Challenge Coin and Certificate of Authenticity. 

The SIG P320 AXG Scorpion was one of the big reveals at the recent 2020 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. While the AXG Scorpion’s aluminum grip module follows a similar profile to the standard P320 polymer frame, the metal lower offers a distinctive ergonomic feel that will appeal to many. What could be better than a proven striker-fired handgun exuding the classic feeling of metal in your palm? Not much. The AXG Scorpion’s generous undercut and extended beavertail immediately sent positive signals to the right side of my brain.  

The SIG P320 AXG Scorpion delivers an elevated platform for SIG's signature handgun line.
Photo by Alex Landeen

The P320 has always attracted admirers thanks to its ergonomics. For example, its grip angle found favor with many who argue it offers better natural point of aim than competitors. Thankfully, SIG maintained the grip angle with the P320 AXG Scorpion. Instead, SIG focused on other aspects such as the X-Series straight trigger, beveled four-sided internal magazine well, undercut trigger guard, extended beavertail and sights. 

SIG’s X-Series Trigger

The SIG P320 AXG Scorpion features a trigger pull measuring about 6 pounds; it’s the same as the other P320s. However, the SIG X-Series straight trigger offers a 90-degree break for better geometry. The design is less likely to pull sights to the right or left. The key with the P320 is it’s the same trigger pull every time.

Overall, the SIG P320’s trigger is an asset with its consistency. The trigger simply fails to disappoint after familiarizing yourself with it. Fortunately, SIG manufacturers its own ammo. We used an ample supply of 9mm at Athlon’s event. It ran perfectly.

Final Thoughts

Lastly is MSRP, which comes in at $1,129.99. It’s fair considering the new pistol is if not the best, then one of the best P320 you’ll find. Also, you’ll likely find the price closer to $999.99 at dealers. Having shot it quite a bit, that price is just as accurate as the gun itself.

The SIG modifications with the P320 AXG Scorpion center on enhancing the handgun’s interaction with the user, especially in terms of placing multiple rounds on target accurately/efficiently/reliably. This offers a tactical advantage.

With the P320 AXG Scorpion, the SIG Sauer’s attention to detail is instantly sensed. Crucial items such grip texture, trigger, and maximizing getting the shooter’s hand as near the bore axis as possible are seamlessly interfaced between handgun/shooter. Years of experience allow for SIG Sauer engineers to take the nebulous concept of “feel” and translate it to being one of best shooting pistols on the market right out of the box. For more information, please visit SIGSauer.com.

SIG Sauer P320 AXG Scorpion Specs

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Magazine Capacity: 17 rounds (three mags provided)
  • Barrel Length: 3.9 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.4 inches
  • Sight Radius: 5.8 inches
  • Overall Height: 5.5 inches
  • Width: 1.3 inches
  • Weight Empty: 31.3 ounces
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