A step by step video on how to clean and disassemble your Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion handgun. This is a part of our ongoing Gun Cleaning How To series.
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STEP BY STEP ON HOW TO BREAK DOWN AND CLEAN YOUR SIG SAUER P320 X5 LEGION PISTOL FOR BEGINNERS
To start and as with any firearm you’re cleaning, make sure that it is unloaded before breaking it apart.
Spin the takedown lever clockwise until it is perpendicular to the slide.
While holding pressure on the slide pull the slide catch lever down.
Now you can pull the slide off the grip module.
Push the recoil spring guide forward and then remove it.
After that is out, remove the spring from the recoil spring guide. Take notice that the flat part of the spring butts up against the recoil spring guide. Remember that for reassembly.
Now you can grab the barrel by the lug and pull it out. Place this to the side as well.
We’ll remove the firearm control assembly next by removing the takedown lever.
After that is out, pull up on the slide catch lever and push on the back of the firearm control assembly.
Pull up on the receiver rails to pop it out.
You're not going to clean your gun without some gun cleaning products so let's pull them out now.
A gun parts tray is handy to put all the small parts in. This will help keep them organized all the while allowing them to soak in CLP.
Coat all the parts and make sure to get plenty in the bore. Make sure to hit the slide thoroughly as well as the grip module.
After that grab a 9mm bore cleaning kit to scrub the bore. This is a fast and easy way to clean your gun’s bore. You could also use this with gun fully assembled for a quick field clean, but we'll show you a more thorough way of doing it here.
Feed the brass weight down through the chamber end of the bore and pull the unit through.
The bore cleaning kit should feel tight. ensuring a solid clean.
Now you're going to want to use a gun cleaning brush to scrub all the parts.
Take your time here and make sure to work on all the small parts of the firearm cleaning assembly, the outside of the barrel, as well as everything else work on the inside of the slide.
Be sure to scrub every nook to break all the carbon loose. Pay attention to the breech face and the frame rail as well.
Take some gun cleaning swabs and get to work on cleaning out the carbon and grit from all those hard to reach areas.
Use a rugged gun cleaning cloth to wipe down everything you can get too.
Now it's time to hit all the moving parts with a light spray of CLP to lubricate and protect your firearm.
Step Fourteen (optional)
If you're putting a lot of rounds through your P320, it might not be a bad idea to use some high quality grease as well.
This includes the lug of the barrel and the rails.
Use your firearm cleaning swabs to help disperse the grease.
You can now place the barrel back into the slide.
Slide the recoil spring onto the recoil spring guide making sure that the flat end goes on first.
Now for the fun part. Push the spring in and press the recoil spring guide so the butt end catches onto the barrel lug.
There's a lot of tension on the spring so take your time and be careful getting it in there.
Now we're going to reinstall the firearm control assembly.
Slide the rear of the firearm control assembly into the grip module. Make sure it is pressed all the way back towards the rear of the firearm.
Depress the trigger to allow the front of the assembly to be pushed back in place.
You'll know it’s aligned correctly when the slide catch lever falls into place.
Grab the takedown lever and press it in in the six o'clock position.
You may need to twist it back and forth a little to get it into place.
Once partly in, it helps to spin it to the nine o'clock position in order to seat it properly.
Now by turning it counterclockwise to the three o'clock position press it home.
Back to the six o’clock position.
In order to allow reassembly of the slide, take the slide and align the slide rail slots up with the receiver rails.
Pull the slide all the way back until you can seat the slide catch lever to keep the slide into the open position.
Now spin the takedown lever counterclockwise to the three o’clock position.
That's it, you now have a fully cleaned and reassembled Sig Sauer P320.
Some Background on the Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion
The Sig Sauer P320 X5 Legion is part of the renowned P320 family of firearms. The X5 is chambered in 9mm and utilizes a striker-fired mechanism instead of a double action hammer system. The pistol increased its weight by adding a TXG tungsten-infusion to its grip module. By doing this Sig Sauer was able to reduce its muzzle flip in the firearm by up to 50%.
It comes in the signature Legion Gray finish, making it instantly recognizable for the high quality that is synonymous with the Legion series. Also recently upgraded was the recoil system to a a solid steel guide rod and a 14lb 1911 style spring. It also comes with an extra 12lb spring.
As with all the P320s it was designed to be ambidextrous in handling. Their is a catch lever on both sides of the slide as well as sporating a reversible magazine release.
The standard magazine come in 17-round.
We're a big fan of this firearm because it can be field stripped without any tools. This means easy takedown and cleaning of the firearm.