First a little background... Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (SIG, German for "Swiss Industrial Company") obtained a government contract to produce rifles in 1864. The SIG P210 pistol was developed in 1947 and adopted by the Swiss military in 1949. Swiss law limits the ability of Swiss companies to export firearms. Swiss companies which wish to do this have to do so by using a foreign partner. So in the 1970s SIG purchased both Hämmerli and J. P. Sauer and Sohn, which resulted in the formation of SIG Sauer.
There are no military-style guns in my collection, other than the Flint River Armory .45 Carbine. TALO chose to not make this limited edition gun about commemorating the U.S. Army selection. TALO was established in 1965 by fishing and hunting wholesalers and is an acronym for ....
It is highly unlikely that I would have ever purchased a regular P320. In fact, it only came on my radar because I was searching for the term "TALO" on the gun auction website. When I saw it and read about it, I did not hesitate to click the "Buy It Now" link. Expect to pay about $1,300 with taxes, shipping and fees.
TALO commissions limited editions of firearms from gun manufacturers and distributes them to stocking sporting goods dealers across the U.S. Now I have a gun from each decade of the 21st Century and 2 are TALOs; that S&W made Walther TALO from the 00's, the Remington RM380 from the 10's and now this SIG Sauer TALO from the 20's.
Back in 2014 I bought a new Tacoma truck and had the dealer install a Supercharger on it before I drove it off the lot. I've never driven a Tacoma that doesn't have a Supercharger, so I can't compare the two. The same goes for this gun. I can't compare it to the P320 the Army uses, because the two guns are so different.
This gun came with two additional 17-round magazines, the exclusive Negrini Custom Works case, a challenge coin and the exquisite Hogue grips and insert panel.
Negrini teamed-up with the engineers at SIG SAUER to create the ultimate case for their pistols. The high-grade cases are the result of intense study by Negrini and SIG SAUER. Designed and manufactured by Negrini specifically to secure SIG SAUER P320. Each case is 100% MADE IN ITALY.
The SIG SAUER Custom Shop Professional Series Cases are hand-formed of patented double-wall composite construction and secured with steel hinges and special German combination locks. Each case is then hand finished and upholstered with the finest fabric, cushioning and leather available. As a result, the SIG SAUER Professional Series Cases are ultra-strong, light in weight, and handsome in appearance, unlike typical pistol cases. The internal compartments of each case can be adjusted for the barrel length and will accommodate the Sig Romeo reflex sight and extra magazines.
This is one of the finest travel handgun cases I've ever owned. A quick internet search reveals that the Negrini line of gun cases can be purchased for just about any handgun. The highest quality cases are in the $200 to $300 range. I'm already considering one for my 1911's.
In my opinion, this gun is well worth the $1,300 price tag! All collectors have their own likes and dislikes, and like most, I'm set pretty steadfastly hard in my tenets. I don't own any plastic guns, which this one is not. I don't own any plastic holsters. Heck, I only own three guns that are made from stainless steel.
The dimensions of the AXG Classic are; height: 5.5 inches, length: 7.4 inches and width: 1.3 inches. The barrel length is 3.9 inches. The unloaded weight of this gun is 31.3 ounces and when I fully loaded it with 18 rounds of Winchester 9mm Luger 115 Grain ammo, I added about 9 ounces to the weight.
The frame is made of stainless steel and the finish is hard coat anodized. The slide is also made of stainless steel and the slide finish is Nitron. The barrel is made from carbon steel. The grips are made from Walnut.
The balance and feel of the gun in my hand exceeded my expectations. Prior to this, my only experience with a double-stack high-capacity handgun was the Browning BDA .380 years ago. Although the BDA .380 held only 13+1 rounds of the shorter .380, it was heavier and felt bulkier to me (I'm speaking from memory and that's been a long time ago).
This is the only striker-fired handgun in my arsenal. Not only do most of my guns have exposed hammers, many have the firing pin on the hammer. So this one is very different for me, but sometimes different is good.