Recoil magazine reports that SIG Sauer has had a patent application approved that was submitted in March 2017 for an “Integral Eccentric Firearm Silencer,”
The photos look like what you’d imagine an integrally suppressed P320 pistol to look like.
A couple years ago, SilencerCo changed the handgun landscape when it introduced the Maxim 9, the world’s first integrally suppressed handgun.
The pistol works, despite it’s space-gun looking appearance and large profile.
The actual suppressor described in the SIG patent is quite a bit smaller.
In the story, Ethan Lessard, current VP of engineering at Q LLC says the small suppressor own’t deliver amazing performance.
“It is great for police officers. Like, you get two, three shots at hearing-safe pressure levels, and it affect nothing else (on the pistol),” he says in the story.
From the story: “So just what is that, exactly? Going through the literature available, the key takeaway is that Sig’s designed a silencer and adapter that conforms to the lines of the P320, blessing the silenced pistol with a wide range of holster capability. We can also see that this patent is for a wet suppressor, relying on an ablative instead of baffles for sound mitigation.”
While the suppressor capabilities on such a small design would only work for two or three rounds, it would be a lot better for police officers than no suppression at all—and typically, police gun fights only last a few rounds.
If SIG ever does produce this firearm, it would be the first created that’s viable for carry, potentially concealed carry.
You can check out the full patent here.