Two Guns at the Range

By David B. Freeman

I took my two newest guns to the range during lunch yesterday to start with their break-in and just to put a few rounds down range. I shot a box of ball ammo with each of the guns – an FNP 40 and a Sig Pro 2022 9mm. I also shot a couple of magazines of JHP through each gun.

The 40 caliber FNP felt a little hotter in my hand than either of my 45’s. I think it’s the size of the grip. I had the rounded backstrap on it, which provides a slightly larger grip than the flat backstrap that also comes with the pistol, but still it seems a there’s not much there to absorb the recoil from shooting 155 grain or 185 grain cartridges in 40 caliber. Accuracy was pleasing. I had my target out around 10 yards and was pleased to see most of the holes going into the middle of the target. I need to get used to the trigger a bit more because I cooked off a couple of SA rounds a little quicker than I expected. Shooting the gun some more will help me avoid that in the future.

I put several hundred rounds down range with my previous SP2022, every one of them with a double-action trigger pull of around 10 pounds. My newest SP2022 with its DA/SA trigger is a little more fun to shoot. I don’t like the sight, though. My other SIG had Trijicon 3 dot sights on it. This one has the two dots in align top to bottom type of sight. My eyes can’t tell where the front sight ends and the rear one begins. They’re both a little blurry. I can hit the target in line with the bullseye, but most of my shots were going low, even when I brought my sight picture up to the dead center of the target, rather than hold it under the bullseye.

Next trip to the range with the SIG I’m going to get a lane with brighter lighting, and take some more time to get used to the sights. Or, I may spend the $80 or $90 to get a set of Trijicon’s. Hm-m-m, it seems CDNN in Abilene was running a special on SP2022 Trijicon sights a while back. Guess I’d better check on that. Out here.

SigPro SP2022

Sig Pro 2022The price was unbelievable. A Sig Sauer for $399? Something must be wrong with it. There were a few rumors on the net about a new Pistol, the SP250, coming out as a replacement for the SP2022. Wrong! They’re both stil in Sig’s lineup. Maybe it was a police buy that got caught up in politics. Who knows, but Cheaper Than Dirt had ten at this unbelievable price and they were sure to go fast.

I didn’t need another pistol, especially not another 9mm, but what the heck. It was a Sig and I could always get my money back. When I got to looking closer, I discovered the gun had a few add-ons that would normally jack the price up. It has Tijicon night sights and a double action only (DAO) trigger.

 The gun feels good in the hand. It hold 15 + 1 and magazines are readily available. I bought one at the Fort Worth Gun Show and a couple more from CDNN Sports in Abilene. The gun came with two. There’s no question that it’s a Sig with the quality typical of the brand.

At the range I found it frustrating at first. The trigger pull is just over 10 pounds and it’s a long pull. I found myself tiring while waiting for it happen. More than once I did the shooter’s equivalent of stepping out of the batter’s box on my first shot. After a while I got used to it and my shots didn’t suffer. Here’s a target from my third or fourth trip to the range. This was shot at 15 yards.

Sig Pro Target

I made one adjustment to the gun that doesn’t seem to make much difference in either shootability or accuracy. I replaced the stock trigger with a short pull trigger, a $9.95 mod. This didn’t change the weight of the pull, but was supposed to shorten the length of pull. I honesty can’t feel any difference.

The SP2022 spent a few months as my daily carry weapon. Although it has no external safety, the heavy double action trigger makes it a very safe IWB carry weapon. Had I needed the gun, the trigger pull would have been a non-issue. Now, it’s my upstairs household gun and with it’s Trijicon sights and excellent accuracy, it is comforting to have around.

Follow Up – April 2011

It’s now a year after I wrote the original blog entry and I still have an SP2022, but it’s not the original DAO pistol. I advertised the original one for sale on TexasGunTrader.com and it found a new home. A couple of months later Academy Sports put the Sig Sauer SP2022 on sale for $399 and this one was a DA/SA pistol. I bought one. It doesn’t have the night sights the original one had, but it sure shoots easier. I often take it to our CHL classes to let people who have not yet decided on the gun they want to carry shoot it for their proficiencey test. This one I’ll probablykeep.

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