Here is my upfront disclaimer – I love Sig Sauer Handguns! My history with them started right after I got my first Concealed Handgun License. At that time Cheaper Than Dirt Outdoor Adventures in North Fort Worth ran weekly promos and posted them on their website. It was worth checking every week to see what was on sale that week. One week I saw a Cheaper Than Dirt ad for a Sig Sauer SP2022 for $399. My buddy who really knew guns told me that was an unheard of price for a Sig Sauer. He said he had never seen a new Sig of any kind for less than $500. So at his urging I bought one. At the time I knew very little about semi-automatics and the fact that this was a double-action only pistol didn’t bother me. When I took it to the range, however, that little fact became a real downer. This particular gun had apparently been set up for a police department concerned with liability so much they wanted to make sure their triggers were never pulled accidentally. It had a 14-pound trigger pull! Not for just the first shot, but for every shot. I joked with my buddy that I could start that trigger pull, go to the bathroom, get a cup of coffee and be back at the firing lane before the trigger reached the breaking point. Then for the next shot I’d have to do the same thing all over again. This was not a very good introduction to Sigs.
Fortunately, I was able to sell that gun and replace it with a double-single action version of the same gun. That was more like it. The SP2022 has a polymer frame where most of the other Sigs before that time and even after it, have steel frames. That’s why the lower price. But as far as quality goes, you can’t really tell any difference between an SP2022 and say a P226 or P228 that cost several hundred dollars more. Mine is a 9mm, but you can also get this gun in a .40 S&W. It’s a great value.
My second Sig was almost given to me. I traded a gun of a much lesser value for it, and my buddy knew it was a disparate trade, but he just wanted me to have a P226. It’s a P226 Elite .40. I carried this gun a bunch when I first got it. Shot it a lot, too. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. There’s nothing not to like about this gun for most people, but for me carrying it is a problem because the extended beaver tail gouges me in the ribs. I’ve got a lot of guns with beaver tails that don’t, but this one does. And it’s a .40 caliber. Great defensive caliber, unless you have arthritis, and I do. So I’ve backed way off on shooting .40s. For home or car defense, though this gun is great! And I think I’ll always keep it because it was really more of a gift than a trade.
I’ve got another P226, this one a 9mm. It’s a Legion model, which means it has several features that set it apart. This list is straight from Sig’s promo on the gun.
- Reduced and Contoured Elite Beavertail
- Frame Relieved Under Trigger Guard
- Legion Gray PVD Finish on Slide and Frame
- Custom High Checkered G-10 Grips
- Grayguns Intermediate Reach Adjustable Trigger
- Enhanced Action with Short Reset Trigger
- Low Profile Slide Catch and Decocking Levers
- Solid Steel Guide Rod
- Electro-optics X-RAY™ High Visibility Day/Night Sights
- Enhanced Checkering on Front Strap and Under Trigger Guard
The Grayguns trigger makes this gun a joy to shoot. There is a P229 Legion that has a shorter barrel. I see it exists, but can’t find any in stock as of this writing. What I have found is an M11, which is the Military designation for a hybrid between the P228 and P229. Sig has mixed the features up between these two models from time to time, so there’s not a whole lot of difference in some of them. The technical aspects on the originals say the P229 has a milled stainless steel slide; whereas the P228 has a folded carbon steel slide. Supposedly the P228’s construction is fine for 9mm, but not for the heavier .357 and .40 calibers. Whether you have a P228 or P229 in hand, either one is basically a shorter barreled P226. The M11 is cool because it’s issued to various branches of the military and is Flat Dark Earth in color.
My favorite Sig pistol also happens to be pretty close to my favorite pistol of all. It makes me look good at the range and it makes me feel good when I carry it. It’s an Emperor Scorpion Carry 1911 Commander. When I do carry it, which is often, I have nine rounds of .45 ACP on tap with another 30 rounds in spare magazines on my belt on my support side ready to go. The gun is thin, with a rounded butt, which makes it easy to carry and conceal and when I shoot it, I’ve been able to consistently put 9 rounds into a hole the size of a quarter from 10 to 12 feet away. I have done this every time I’ve shot this gun, regardless of the ammunition used. I don’t have any other guns that do that. So I guess you could call it my “go to” gun, the handgun I would grab if I could only grab one when the excrement hits the fan.
We sell a lot of Sig Sauer handguns in our gun shop and we see a lot of them on the gun range during our classes. All of us at Texas Gun Pros have confidence in them. And, we like them. There are other models I haven’t covered. The Sig P250 is a modular gun with the ability to transform in size and capacity. The Sig P320 is a striker-fired handgun with the same features. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing not to like about them. The Sig 938 is a single-stack 9mm that Sig says is their best-seller. If a single-stack 9mm is your cup of tea, the 938 is one of the best options available.
Sig Sauers are pricey compared to a lot of other brands, but they’re worthy of the extra price tag. They are well-made, very accurate, durable and reliable. And though many of them are made in America, they’re basically German engineering. So think of them as the BMW of the gun manufacturers. Their rifles are used by the military and law enforcement all over the world because of the accuracy, reliability and durability with for which they have become famous.