Phill Price has fun with a P320 from SIG - a pistol with a 30-shot mag’!
There are a lot of CO2 pistols on the market today and many of them offer rapid-fire fun, either from steel BBs or .177 lead pellets. The BB-firers often have big magazines, but are never as accurate or hard hitting as a pellet-firing model. The trade off is that most pellet-firing pistols offer just eight or ten shots, so when SIG decided to enter the market they looked into a different way of delivering pellets to the barrel.
It works like a chain with 30, yes I did write ‘30’, chambers to accept pellets. Each time you pull the double-action trigger, it indexes the next chamber into alignment with the barrel and then the blast of CO2 drives the pellet out, down the barrel and into your target. Thirty shots is a huge number and means that you need to stop and reload far less frequently.
To load, you flip open a door on the front of the drop-out magazine and then press pellets in one at a time. Once you’ve filled all the ones you can see, you rotate the chain
“Although the sights are fixed, my sample gun shot to point of aim at six yards”
to expose the ones that were hidden at the top. You can feel that each chamber holds the pellets tightly so they’re secure as they travel around inside the magazine’s body. The loaded mag’ slots into the well inside the pistol grip in a very conventional manner.
The pistol has a lovely feel and handles like a dream, coming on aim with no fuss or need to adjust your grip to find the sights. Although the sights are fixed, my sample gun shot to point of aim at six yards, with the good old Webley Mosquito, straight from the box. I often find it best to use pellets that are quite light in CO2 pistols because they seem to deliver the best performance.
Being a blow-back action, there’s a good snap of recoil as each shot is fired, but if you try to shoot all 30 pellets in a string, you can feel the cooling effect of the CO2 expanding and slowing the shot cycle by the end. Unfortunately, the temperature was hovering around the freezing mark on my winter test day, and that slows down every CO2 pistol, but I was still able to empty the whole mag’ful in one go. In warmer weather this will be less of an issue.
It’s clear that SIG is keen to make its mark in the airgun scene with attractive and innovative guns such as this. I applaud them for finding new and different ways of delivering pellets that give us more time shooting and less time reloading.
The sights were spot on for me with the Webley Mosquito pellets
It’s a great looking pistol with handling to match
Loading 30 pellets takes a while but is easy to do