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April 26, 2008

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Sig Sauer P250

Sigsauerp250 Took delivery of a new toy today—a Sig Sauer P250 in 9mm. For those not familiar with this handgun it has a hyper-modular design that allows you to mix and match different sized frames with different grip widths, swap out slides and barrels to change calibers and even install different length triggers to achieve a custom fit with the shooter’s hand.

Mine is the mid-sized, “compact” frame and holds 15+1 rounds of 9mm ammo. In the .40 S&W and .357 Sig models, the magazine capacity is 12+1 and in .45 ACP is 7+1. These are the four calibers for which the P250 is chambered.

Normally I view swap-caliber guns with a degree of suspicion, if for no other reason than the concept strikes me as a scheme to get me to buy fewer firearms. My brother feels the same way. As soon as he saw the gun he asked why would someone want a gun that could swap calibers this way. Well, I can think of a few good reasons, but I think what attracts me to this gun is its potential to compete in different classes of practical pistol shooting while providing the exact same grip geometry and trigger pull. That and the ability to scale down the gun to quickly suit different concealed carry needs.

I only managed to put 100 rounds through the pistol at my gun store’s range this morning, but I really liked the way the gun handles—the excellent ergonomics of the gun struck me in particular.

First off, the trigger pull on this DOA-only platform is outstanding.  

It is extraordinarily smooth and allowed for excellent control during strings of rapid fire. Likewise, the frame this gun shipped with (compact frame, mid-sized grip) seems to suit my hands, which are pretty average sized, perfectly. I found the pistol to be very comfortable and a natural pointer.

Being a lefty, the first tweak I did to the gun was to switch the magazine release to the other side. I’m glad it is a simple operation (which you do with a paperclip), because when shooting with a strong two-hand grip with the magazine release on the left side of the frame (in the right-handed position) my left hand pushed down on the release hard enough to knock the magazine loose a couple of times. Definitely something to think about when shooting with the weak hand.

The ambidextrous slide release is another feature I really like. Again, the positioning for my hand size was perfect.

But the beauty of this pistol is that if these controls didn’t fit your hand well, you simply mix and match frames and triggers in order to get the gun exactly the way you want. Very cool.

Other quick observations: Takedown was a snap and in a matter of seconds you can have the gun in pieces without the need for any special tools. The ability to pull out the “fire control” mechanism (which is where the gun’s serial number is stamped—a small window cut in the side of the frame is what allows you to view the number) will make giving this gun a very thorough cleaning easy. I know some guys pride themselves on the number of rounds they have through a dirty gun. I’m not one of them. I like to keep my guns clean and appreciate the fact that this one will be simple to service.

The sights are very nice too. They are snag free and are easy to see and line up under any lighting condition. The Picatinny rail on the bottom of the frame in front of the trigger guard will allow for easy mounting of lights, lasers or whatever. The large trigger guard will accommodate gloved fingers without hassle and the gripping surfaces on the frame are very well executed. The P250 is clearly a working, duty-oriented pistol.

Cosmetically, I chose the two-tone model, which I think gives it a handsome look.

I don’t want to get too excited about this P250 before putting a lot more ammo through it, but at first blush it looks like a winner.

I’ll file additional reports as soon as I get some of the other frames and calibers to play with and get some more rounds down range. A full-sized frame with both 9mm and .45 ACP barrels (as soon as they become available) is next on the list.

—John Snow

Comments

Rob

Great review.. it's been added to http://www.gearcult.com

Gary

I would like to see how the .357 is handled by the gun. I feel that it is a very capable round in a well maade hand gun which the sig has.

Commander Crusty

I tried a P250 at a gun shop in Charlotte, NC. Nice size, good grip, good sights, excellent rolling trigger pull. Other than putting the magazine release too far back, what's not to like? I just hope the gun actually work.

Brian

Just bought a 40 S&W P250 would like to hear if anyone has got one and what they think.

ChrisC

I've been "eyeing" Sig's handguns for years, but I am not generally able to afford their classics. The P250 looks not only to be a versatile platform capable of morphing into several configurations, it is also fairly inexpensive for a Sig. Until recently, I was under the impression that the gun was still only available in 9mm, but I have found other calibers, which renews my interest. I'm in the market for a new handgun this Xmas time, so the P250 will definately be something I'll want to check out when I get to the shop. I've read several reviews, and so far no real issues apparent.