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  1. BillGarlandJr

    P320 Damaged Ejectors

    Thought I'd share some information with everyone.......at our department we have several officers who carry P320s. Yesterday while we were doing some firearms training one of the P320 shooters started having a problem with his pistol where the slide wouldn't go all the way back into battery. I took a look at it after it did this several times, and when I hand cycled the slide I noticed the slide was not moving back and forth with its usual smoothness. Long story short, we field stripped the pistol and upon examination it appeared the ejector had been bent upwards, and was contacting the inside of the slide. The was even a wear mark on the inside of the slide that only could have been caused by the ejector rubbing against it. At any rate, this officer contacted SIG today and was told that while its not widespread, this is a fairly common problem with P320s. Apparently this condition is a result of inserting the magazine too robustly during reloads thus causing it to over insert and make contact with the bottom of the ejector. Has anyone else heard of, or experienced this? This was a newer P320, btw. It has a "born on" date in August of this year.
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    P320 X5 Caliber X Change Kits-Reality or??!

    Yes they will, but you'll have to run aftermarket basepads on them to work with the magwell, I believe.
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    UC or N320 load for the X5

    N320 is my first choice for 9mm powder, but I've loaded some with UC as well. If you have UC and want to burn it up try starting with around 4.6gr under a 124/125. I was getting around a 133 pf with that load out of an old Glock 34 with a Barsto barrel.
  4. Grauffel - He's won every world championship in which ever division he decided to shoot since he was 19 years old. And I'm sure he's not done yet. Leatham - His versatility, and dominance over the years. How many years in a row did he win the Single Stack Classic? Like a million or something. Probably the best iron sight shooter ever. Beyond those two, its tough to pick. There is an appreciable drop after them. I think if using number of national championships, and versatility as a measure, Dave Sevigny needs to be in the conversation. He's won in multiple divisions, often times shooting what amounted to a service pistol against full on race guns, and he's done it with different platforms....he broke Leatham's win streak at the Single Stack Classic.
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    Is a 320X5 worth the upgrade over 320?

    I own several P320s, including an X5. They're all great pistols in that they're accurate, and they handle well, but for me the X5 is better due to the different distribution of weight, the longer sight radius, and the flat trigger. I also like the X grip module better because of its more boxy shape as opposed to the rounder shape of the standard grip module. The "corners" make the gun point better for me, and feel like I've got more control of the pistol in recoil.
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    Dan Wesson PM9 vs STI Trojan

    I have a Trojan and my dad has a PM9, so I’ve handled and shot both.....as soon as I’m able I’m going to get myself as PM9. It is superior in every way.
  7. BillGarlandJr

    Sig P320 X5 Recoil rate

    12.5 ISMI is what I run with 124gr loads at about 135pf these days. Works very well for me.
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    Getting DQed. A lot.

    I can speak as one who used to try to "dial it forward" for anything larger than a level 1 match.....like the OP I wanted to win my matches. I was super concerned about the results, and that concern was being driven by my ego. It took years for me to finally listen to more experienced shooters and realize that at the end of the day I have zero control over the results of the match. I could potentially "dial it forward" for every stage, nail it each time, and still not win the match. Ultimately all I would have done is run it on the ragged edge of control and risk a DQ, or even worse, an injury to myself or someone else. The advise I was given, and finally heeded was to just execute and enjoy the process of shooting. Those were things I had complete control over. What that's resulted in is a handful of match wins (level 2 type stuff - I'm not a major player in the game), more consistent match results overall, and, knock on wood, almost 20 years since my last DQ, which was the result of pushing beyond what I had trained, and was capable of.
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    P320 X5

    You'll hear from other folks on here that TG and coated bullets make for some smoke, which it will, but if you can live with it any 124gr coated bullet with 3.6ish gr of TG will put you in the right range for pf. As for Sport Pistol, I have no experience with it, but from what I've read its very good.
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    X5 competition load

    3.6 of Titegroup with a coated 125gr bullet gets me 130-132ish power factor with Blue Bullets, BBI, and Precision. I'll generally go 3.7 to get closer to a 135 power factor since it tightens groups for me a bit.
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    X5 competition load

    My best results have been with the 124/125gr projectiles as well. I’ve. messed around with some other powders besides Titegroup (N320, Prima V), but with no real difference in performance aside from being a bit cleaner than TG. My regular full-size P320s shoot the 124/125gr bullets better than anything else too.
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    Pros/Cons Limited Minor

    I’ve shot quite a bit of Limited with a minor caliber pistol (P320 X5) this year. Locally, the difference in scoring isn’t a big deal, and I do fairly well, however, at larger matches where there is more heat the difference is felt more. I can’t go fast enough to make up for the difference in points given for C and D hits, and a shooter of equal skill shooting major definitely has the advantage. Before shooting Limited this year I’d shot Production mostly for the previous 13 years, and I really enjoyed the heck out of it. As a division it has some unique challenges compared to the Limited, Open, and CO. What I’ve enjoyed about shooting Limited, even in minor, this year is shooting this game with a high cap pistol allows for some more agressive stage plans, and opportunities to take some chances. I dig that! Also, I can shoot for competition what I carry for work....a P320 with 21 round magazines. More reps with a work pistol has never done me any harm. All that being said, I’ll likely end up with a major caliber high cap pistol before next year. Sometimes the competitor in me wins over the practical side.
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    STI Trojan 9mm accuracy

    9mm can be kind of a stinker to get an accurate load with. Most of my 9mm shooting over the years has been with either 124/125, or 135gr bullets. With any of those weights I've found if I drive them a little faster (135+ power factor) the groups tighten up considerably. If you're looking for a really accurate load, dig around and find some data for NRA Action Pistol loads. There are some really good recipes out there that are accurate and are mild enough recoil wise for USPSA stuff.
  14. Assuming you're a right handed shooter.....if you're shooting at a target close to the 180 on your left you're going to have to turn your body, or somehow orient the gun so the muzzle does not point uprange, and thus break the 180 as you execute your reload. If you're shooting at a target to your right, then just hit the reload as long as your technique doesn't incorporate some gun movement that would cause the muzzle to break the 180. As to some prescribed technique for doing reloads in these situations, I'm not aware of one other than to make sure the muzzle doesn't pass 180 degrees. Its not a bad thing to mess around with some in dryfire.
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    X5 front sight height

    The rear is adjustable, so you don't have to nail the front sight height right on, however, I and some others have gone with a .205 tall front, which for me with 124/125 gr bullets allows me to run the rear sight closer to the bottom of its travel.