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Will citizens of the Lone Star State be lining up to buy this one?
With a Texas Ranger Limited Edition moniker for a handgun, you might expect to see a Colt Paterson revolver, but that was way back then. Instead, today customers have the reliable and respected Sig Sauer P320 pistol. This limited-edition version of the striker-fired 9mm pistol features the same modular polymer grip and SIGLITE Night Sights of the standard full-size P320.
Special features of the commemorative pistol include a TXR serial number, a custom engraved Nitron slide with the Texas Rangers Badge and the famous Texas Ranger mantra, "One Riot, One Ranger," and includes a commemorative Texas Ranger "challenge coin" molded after the likeness of the Texas Rangers badge.
The P320 is noted for its "modular" frame system that allows the internal metal frame, which holds the pistol's trigger and fire control mechanism, to be removed from the plastic grip and swapped for something more ergonomic as the situation requires.
Honoring the Rangers
The New Hampshire-based firearms maker announced that a portion of the sales of the Texas Ranger Edition P320 will benefit the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the historical preservation and values of the Texas Rangers.
"For nearly 200 years, the Texas Rangers have served and protected the Lone Star State, my beloved home state, and today the Sig Sauer P320 is in service with the officers of all 13 divisions of the Texas Department of Public Safety, including the Texas Rangers," said Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for commercial sales at Sig Sauer via a statement.
"This unique pistol is a true collector's item and honors the service of the Texas Rangers with a Texas Ranger TXR serial number, customized Texas Ranger engravings, and a challenge coin in the shape of the iconic Texas Ranger badge," added Taylor. "We are honored to have this opportunity to commemorate the historical significance of the Texas Rangers through the production of this P320 and help to advance the mission of the Former Texas Ranger Foundation."
The Texas Department of Public Safety has used the Sig Sauer P320 since 2018 when it ordered 4,000 for use with the Texas Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Divisions (CID), Aircraft Division, Executive Protection Bureau, Intelligence and Counterterrorism branch, SWAT, Special Operations Group and of course the Texas Rangers.
Since that time, the P320 has been the standard sidearm of one of the largest law agencies in the United States.
A Glock Alternative
The P320 has been called Sig's answer to the Glock, and a variant of the P320 was even adopted by the U.S. Army as the M17. Its light recoil and reliability have made the Sig P320 a favorite for the military, law enforcement and civilian shooters alike. It provides numerous customizations yet remains fairly in its design.
The Texas Ranger Edition P320 full-size pistol has an overall length of 8-inches, an overall height of 5.5-inches and a width of 1.30inches. It weighs 29.6 ounces with a magazine. It is now shipping with two magazines and is available as a TALO exclusive and is priced at $699.99—$150 more than the standard P320.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear includingA Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.