Is SIG Working on an Integrally Suppressed P320?

This could be the world's first concealable, suppressed handgun.

An illustration from the SIG patent application.
An illustration from the SIG patent application.patentsgazette.uspto.gov

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.

A composite image created by *Recoil* magazine providing a better idea of what an integrally suppressed SIG P320 would look like.
A composite image created by Recoil magazine providing a better idea of what an integrally suppressed SIG P320 would look like.recoilweb.com

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.