Has SIG Sauer Made a Power Move in the 10mm Carry Game?
SIG Sauer's P320 XTen Comp is here to revolutionize the 10mm carry segment. Find out how this compact, high-capacity pistol stands out in the crowded market.
Licensed Concealed Carry Holder
Learn About The Editorial Team
Products are selected by our editors. We may earn a commission on purchases from a link. How we select gear.
America’s cyclical love/hate/love affair with the 10mm Auto has perhaps never been more vibrant. Originally cooked up by Col. Jeff “Because they Don’t Make a .46” Cooper of Gunsite fame for his failed Bren Ten concept gun, the 10mm was quietly kept going through the late 1980s and into the 2000s by the Colt Delta Elite and Glock Model 20 but was in life support to be sure, cruising just a hair above failed super rounds like the .45 GAP and .357 SIG.
Then came a resurgence in 10mm favor during the past several years with other makers jumping into the market and the 10mm’s little brother, the .40 “Slow & Weak” losing favor almost overnight.
These days we have several budget companies making affordable 10mm guns such as Hi-Point’s JXP, the SDS/Tisas HGA, the EAA/Girsan Hunter, and RIA’s Tac Ultra/Ultra FS, while more upscale 1911-style guns are available from the likes of Kimber (Rapide, Super Jagare, Eclipse Custom, Camp Guard), Ruger (SR1911 Target), and Dan Wesson (Bruin, Kodiak), among others that have been competing against Colt’s aging Delta Elite.
Then there are solid “combat” style double stacks that are giving the Glock 20 a run for its money including the S&W M&P M10, the Springfield Armory XD-M Elite, and the FN 510.
Then there is SIG, who has long been a quiet 10mm player with assorted versions of the P220 large-frame DA/SA pistol chambered in the caliber. Last year, the company introduced a version of the full-sized P320– the XTen– in a 15+1 shot 10mm offering. That was a “shots fired” moment against the FN 510/Glock 20/XD-M Elite crowd.
Now, this week, SIG has a more carry-sized version of the XTen, the P320 XTen Comp, which has hit the market. It still maintains the 15+1 shot magazine capacity but shrinks the overall length and weight a bit by jettisoning an inch from the standard XTen model. Then it compensates for recoil with the same sort of oh-so-SIG “expansion chamber” slide-based compensator that has been seen on guns like the P-365 XMacro. Added to this is an XCarry series grip module.
The result is a 15+1 shot 10mm striker-fired pistol that is 7.6 inches long with an unloaded weight of 32.3 ounces and has a full Pic rail for accessories and a DeltaPoint Pro optics cut along with day/night sights. SIG bills it as the perfect carry gun for those wandering the backcountry, insurance against predators on either two legs or four.
Stacking it up against its competitors, about the closest in size/capacity would be the XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP 10mm which is 6.75 inches long with an 11+1 capacity, the FN 510 MRD which is 7.7 inches long with a 15+1 capacity, and the Glock 29 Gen4 with a 6.97-inch overall length and 10+1 capacity (but without an optics ready offering.)
Of course, none of these offer the interchangeable FCU capability of the P320– which means easy swap-outs of pistol grip frames down the road if wanted– or include the built-in compensator, so there’s that.
The price of the new carry-friendly SIG 10mm is expected to be around $1,100.