We live in a world of great handguns. We’ve reached a point in the market where even the cheaper guns are quite reliable and easy to use. Modern pistols follow a very similar layout. Polymer frame, striker-fired, and feeds from a double-stack magazine, most often in 9mm. The Glock series of pistols established this, and it became the dominant force in handgun design. Glock has long ruled the market, but SIG has been coming after them with the P320 series.
Today we are going to compare Glock’s flagship pistol, the Glock 19, with the SIG P320C. The P320C is the compact variant of SIG’s latest slugger. These two guns compete in the same market, and the P320C has taken some of the market share from Glock, but does Glock still rule? Today we dig into it.
History of the Glock 19
The Glock 19 was the third Glock pistol ever created. Glock released the Model 19 to be the compact variant of the Glock 17. Glock initially released the 19 in 1988, and since then, the pistol has dominated the market. This includes the military and law enforcement markets, but it also been extremely popular with the civilian market. The Glock 19 helped define what a pistol is and established itself as a very versatile handgun for duty use, home defense, and concealed carry.
History of the P320C
The success of the P320C comes from the same success that benefited the Glock 19. The P320C is the compact version of the established P320. It’s been ticking around since 2014 and has slowly been adopted by numerous police forces. In 2017 the P320 series won the Modular Handgun contest and became the United States Military’s newest general-issue handgun. A competition that put the P320 series against the Glock series.
What They Have In Common
Both guns fall into the compact realm, and both have a capacity of 15 rounds. Both SIG and Glock produce optic-ready variants of their respective guns. They both use the same general footprint we discussed prior. They are polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols that use modern double-stack magazines. They are very common at first glance, but let’s dive deep into the two guns and find out where they differ.
Right off the bat, the Glock 19 is one singular pistol that chambers 9mm. Other compact calibers exist, like the Glcok 23, which is the same-sized gun but in 40 S&W. The P320C comes in 9mm, 40 S&W, and .357 SIG, although 9mm is the most famous variant of the gun.
Sig P320C vs Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS Our Grades
Sig P320 Compact
Final Grade: A-
Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS
Final Grade: A
As you can see above, the Sig P320C and the Glock 19 are very similar. So, let’s start the side-by-side comparison by looking at 5 areas and how they compare:
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: Accuracy
These guns are very similar, and off the bat, there isn’t much difference in practical accuracy. Both the Glock 19 and P320C feature similar-length barrels with a similar sight radius. Both have striker-fired triggers with a partially cocked striker design. The P320C tends to have a slightly more refined trigger than the Glock 19, but the differences are very minimal. In this category, it will really come down to the shooter and their skill level.
A skilled shooter should be able to engage the torso of a man-sized target at 50 yards repeatedly with either gun. Printing small groups is also possible at close range. Both guns give you that consistent striker-fired trigger that’s both predictable, light, and crisp.
Winner of Accuracy: Tie
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: Ergonomics
Ergonomics is often a subjective experience, and it comes down to what you prefer. Today we are examining the Gen 5 Glock, which has some significant changes compared to the previous generations. Both guns have ambidextrous slide locks and the ability to reverse the magazine release.
One of the most significant differences is the grip angle. The P320C has an 18-degree grip angle similar to the M1911, while the Glock uses a more European 22-degree grip angle. The two guns feel very different in hand, and this is a subjective difference. I may prefer the 18-degree grip angle, but blaming the grip angle for how badly you shoot isn’t a viable excuse.
One of the P320’s advantages is the trigger guard undercut that allows for a higher grip that’s a bit more comfortable as far as I’m concerned. I have big hands, and that undercut is a very nice addition to the platform. Speaking of big hands, I do have a small issue with the Glock grip. My hands are big, and my pinky just hangs off the bottom, which pins the magazine in place. This means I have to alter my grip every time I reload, which I’m not a fan of doing.
Winner of Ergonomics: Sig P320 Compact
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: Reliability
Modern striker-fired, polymer frame pistols are incredibly reliable. They have cracked the code to make these types of guns work. They are insanely reliable, and both guns have a great history of reliability. With that said, I must give this one to Glock. Why? Well, they were the first company to make a gun that was dead to rights reliable. The simplicity of the Glock series leaves very little to fail.
While both my experience and the industry’s experience point to both weapons being extremely reliable, I have to give the point to the Glock 19. It’s incredibly reliable and has been since 1988. That kind of reputation matters, and it’s a firearm that has consistently functioned reliably since 1988.
Winner of Reliability: Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: Modularity
Ooh boy, both guns swing into the modularity section with high scores. First, since Glock has been around for decades and has absolutely dominated the market for decades, they have a massive aftermarket. Holsters, sights, triggers, gunsmithing, and more are all widely available for the Glock 19 pistols. You can swap basically everything from the slide to the barrel and beyond to turn the pistol into what you want it to be. Its aftermarket offers Glock an insane degree of modularity.
The P320’s modularity comes from the fact that it comes with a removable serialized fire control unit. This packs all the internals outside of the magazine release for the P320 and is legally the firearm. You can remove the FCU and move it to a full-sized firearm, a subcompact firearm, or even something like the Flux Raider to create a PDW.
The popularity hasn’t reached Glock levels, but companies have taken notice, and shooters have tons of frames available from aftermarket sources, as well as slides, barrels, triggers, etc.
Both guns have optics-ready options that are worth mentioning. The Glock factory options include a MOS version which accommodates over a dozen optics via a system of plates. The SIG cuts are all aimed at either SIG or Leupold DPP optics. The latest Pro Cut can also accommodate Trijicon RMR cut optics. Both offer options, but SIG has been a bit less consistent with sticking to one footprint.
Ultimately the P320C is going to be the more modular firearm. You can swap it to different calibers, frames, slides, and beyond, and you can’t do that with the Glock 19.
Winner of Modularity: Sig P320 Compact
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: Price
Talk about a tie. Both the p320C and Glock 19 slide in at the 550-ish price point. Different features will demand a different price, but that’s about where we sit. When looking at the guns out of the box, I don’t see a slight advantage to either gun. The P320 comes with metal sights, and the Glock comes with crappy plastic sights.
The Glock magazines are much more affordable, and SIG is quite proud of their P320 mags. While that may not factor into the initial price point, it’s something to be aware of and notate. It’s more or less a tie, with the winner picking what they prefer.
Winner of Price: TIE
Sig Sauer P320C vs Glock 19: My Pick
I’m humbled you’d ask. I am more partial to the P320C with an optic. I like the direct mount versus the MOS plates, and I love the ability to swap grip frames. I have metal frames, competition frames, and even a frame system that allows me to use P365 magazines. That kind of modularity is great for someone who likes to tinker. And swap things out. I use my P320 to compete to carry and for home defense, so having separate options to tackle these three tasks is nice.
With all that being said, I still love Glock. In fact, I own one SIG P320, but I own three Glock 19s. I own a standard Gen 3, an Adams Arms Gucci model, and a Polymer 80 frame I completed myself. Either gun will give you a fantastic and reliable pistol you can count on. Since you listened to me run my mouth, I’ll give you a turn—comment below which model you prefer and why.
See our full review on our winning handgun, the Sig P320 Compact.
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