Sig Sauer’s new P320 AXG Scorpion is the elite of the elite among striker-fired, compact 9mm handguns. The first offering from Sig’s New Custom Works shop, the 17-plus-1 round, 3.9-inch barreled 9mm AXG (Alloy X-Series Grip) is based on the P320X but with an aluminum frame rather than polymer. In going the all-metal route, engineers could machine very aggressive checkering in the front strap, integrally machine a slot in the backstrap for a customizable backstrap module and also fit interchangeable grip scales on the gun. The mottled G10 “Piranha” scales made by Hogue provide superior purchase over plastic and well as a distinctive, custom look. All told, physically the gun feels more like a 1911 than a polymer gun, what with its unflexing frame, non-slip grip combined with an angle that innately puts the sights on target for most shooters. In terms of price, this debut model from its Custom Works shop, like subsequent offerings in the future, are expected to fall between Sig standard production models ($600-$800) and its Legion Series ($1,200-1,500) at the top end.
Editor’s Note (if you need to save the video for later): It’s a damn fine pistol.