has been known for decades as makers of finely engineered, high
quality pistols. With
its long history and proven track record of building pistols for
military, law enforcement, and civilian markets, Sig has a great
reputation and is a force to be reckoned with in the US handgun
market. In 2014,
Sig introduced their P320, which was a continued development of
their P250 modular design, striker fired pistol.
With its modular design, the platform provides for great
flexibility to shooters of all kind, whether it be competition,
self-defense, plinking, or combat shooting.
Founded in 1977 to better serve the growing
demand for customized pistols to support the popular shooting
sports of the time, Wilson
Combat, and its founder, Bill Wilson, began as a custom
gunsmith, working on improving popular handguns of the day.
Revolvers, 1911 pistols, and hunting handguns were what
got things started. Custom
built, proprietary 1911 parts were the next evolution, until
full house, internally built 1911 pistols became the main stay
in 1996. Never one
to stop growing, Wilson expanded their line by introducing
custom work, at first, and then full house custom packages in
collaboration with Beretta and Glock, who provide some of the
most popular pistols on the market.
Last year, it was a natural evolution for
Wilson Combat to introduce custom work on the Sig P320, which
was adopted in 2017 by the US Army as the M17.
A few months ago, Wilson Combat announced that, following
their success with the Beretta and Glock
pistols, in collaboration with Sig Sauer, they would be
introducing a custom P320 pistol, the WCP320.
Starting with a modular chassis and unfinished slide,
using Wilson’s recently introduced engineered polymer grip
module, which provides improved handling, “pointability”
(with a grip angle more closely resembling that of a 1911
pistol), and recoil control, a slide that is re-machined
in-house with the Wilson Combat X-TAC pattern for improved grip
texture with front a rear cocking serrations, slide top
serrations, a Sig factory barrel, and a Sig XFULL flat faced
trigger, which is designed to increase leverage and help improve
perceived trigger pull, this pistol is designed for
practicality, performance and accuracy.
The slide is topped with Wilson’s combat rear sight,
which is a U-notch adjustable sight, and a red fiber-optic front
sight. As an added
option, the gunsmiths at Wilson Combat can further tune and
enhance the action with Gray Guns custom parts.
I had decided to order the pistol to give it a try, and
opted to go the fully-enhanced action.
When I called Wilson Combat, I was pleasantly
surprised to find out that they had WCP320 pistols in stock and
ready to go. These
pistols in inventory, however, do not have the desired action
tuning and need to be sent to the gunsmiths for the work, which,
at the time of my order, was a quoted lead time of a 2-3 weeks.
Right on cue, after about 3 weeks, I received
notification that my pistol had shipped.
Upon receiving the gun, which comes in a
standard Sig P320 box, with 2 Sig factory 17- round magazines, a
bottle of Wilson Combat oil, and instruction manual, I wasted no
time in handling it, getting a feel for the grip module, slide
texture, sights, and trigger. The trigger, after the optional action enhancement, was
absolutely fantastic. It
was crisp, light, with a good breaking point and a very short,
and audible reset. Being
mostly a 1911 shooter, I am used to, and really prefer, the 1911
trigger, and its reset. This WCP320 had a trigger that, for a striker fired pistol,
felt almost like a 1911. It
is better than almost any trigger, factory or after-market, I
have felt on any other brand of striker fire pistol, and I’ve
tried almost all of the currently available after-market
triggers, for most of the popular brands out there.
This trigger, and the entire pistol, as a matter of fact,
just plain felt great.
Knowing that I had a Pistol Range Day planned
at Gunsite a few weeks
later, I decided that I would wait to do any work with it until
that day. I did
take it to a local indoor range and shoot 10 rounds out of it to
make sure that it functioned and that the sights were on.
I was surprised to see it shoot a nice one-hole group
right out of the box. I
was told that the pistols are actually sighted in by the
gunsmiths before they are shipped out and this certainly showed.
As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to
make a first impression, this WCP320 impressed me.
Pistol Range Day at Gunsite usually consists
of some warm up drills, various typical Gunsite school drills,
either on a square range or on simulators, and any variety of
common well known drills, for a full day session.
Led by Gunsite instructors and Rangemasters, we started
the day with warm up drills consisting of pairs, hammers, head
shots, speed and tactical reloads, and failure drills, all at
various distances out to 15 yards.
We put approximately 50 rounds down range for these
warm-ups and the pistol performed flawlessly and accurately.
It handled well, pointed well, and the enhanced action
was really a pleasure to shoot. Being a standard size P320, the
pistol fits in any full size P320 holster.
I used my Simply
Rugged buffalo hide competition holster, along with magazine
pouches, without any difficulty.
Moving to more standard drills, both for
speed (Bill Drill, 6 in 5, etc…) and distance/accuracy
(Gunsite school drill), the pistol continued to impress.
The grip module allowed for a firm, consistent grip
facilitating quick follow-up shots and repeatability.
The combat sight rear sight and red fiber optic front
sight, the same sights that are on other Wilson Combat pistols,
provided quick target acquisition even at distances out to 25
yards. The mag well
allowed for quick and efficient reloads, the XTAC slide
serrations allowed for easy and quick manipulations, allowing
for faster reloads and getting the pistol back into the fight.
Speed drills proved no problem for the pistol.
Quick target acquisition and recoil control were easy and
I used a few different brands of factory ball
ammunition for the day, and various bullet weights.
The pistol had no trouble whatsoever with any of the
roughly 500 rounds of FMJ loads I shot.
This included Double
Tap’s great 115 gr, S&B’s 115 gr, Magtech 124 gr,
Aguila 124 gr, Blazer Brass 115 gr, and Winchester 124 gr.
I also had success with the JHP ammunition that I wanted
to try, which was a mix of Winchester 147 gr, Sig Sauer 124 gr
JHP, and Corbon 115 gr JHP.
In total, I probably only shot about 50 rounds of JHP
ammo through it, so it may not have been enough to get a good
representative test though my experience is that if a pistol is
not going to handle JHPs, it will usually do so early on.
Overall, I was very impressed by this pistol.
The only hiccup I ran into, over the 500 rounds that I
shot that day, was that the magazine springs in the brand new
magazines were a little stiff and, when fully loaded with
17-rounds, caused some failure to feed issues on the first round
out of the mag. This
is not an uncommon issue, in fact it is an issue I have learned
to deal with when shooting AR rifles, and is easily resolved by
down-loading one round from the mag. After some break-in time, I expect this issue to resolve
itself and I can go back to fully loading the magazines.
I am very pleased with this pistol and how it
performed, without any break-in period.
It is most definitely a keeper for me and has already
become a part of my battery.
II wouldn’t hesitate to carry it for self-defense.
I do have a P320 Compact in the safe that I might just
send to Wilson and see if they can work their magic on it too!!
MSRP for this pistol, at the time of this
writing (June, 2020) is $1195 and $1350 with the action
For more information on the WCP320 and other
products / services offered by Wilson Combat, visit them online
Buy ammo online at Double Tap Ammo: www.doubletapammo.com
and Lucky Gunner: www.luckygunner.com.
For the finest in carry and competition
leather, go to Simply Rugged Leather: www.simplyrugged.com.
Get Wise! Get
Trained! at Gunsite Academy: www.gunsite.com.
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