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Is This The Most Underrated Gun Of All Time?

sig p250In the gun industry, we don’t see a lot of innovation and maybe the SIG P250 is an example of why. Companies become complacent in their products and then, when they take risks, they tend to flop. I feel it’s my duty as your humble author to inform and educate (and perhaps even persuade you to purchase this hand held innovation).

The SIG P250, in my view, is the most underrated gun of all time.

The SIG P250 isn’t necessarily a total flop, but it was not adopted by any police force and was rejected by the ATF. (I like the gun more just because the ATF doesn’t like it.) There were a few initial problems with the compact SIG P250, but these issues have all been fixed in the newer generation of pistols. Unfortunately, it seems, the gun community doesn’t know that and SIG really hasn’t gone out of their way to advertise the gun.

Now why do I say the P250 is innovative? First off, I love SIG weapons and always have. They’ve always been expensive, though — too expensive to collect

SIG seems to recognize this with the P250 and the SP2022. These are polymer frame weapons, which is unusual for SIG because they’re known for their all-metal handguns.

The SIG P250’s price point is about $400-$500 new for a 2nd generation, and the less reliable generation one models go for around $350 on the used market. This is a great price point for such a well-known company and a well-made weapon.

So the main selling point for the SIG P250 is its adaptability. The only part that is considered a firearm is the fire control group. This is the part that is registered with the ATF as a firearm and is subject to federal firearm laws. Similar to this is the AR-15’s lower receiver, the part that is considered the firearm regardless if it has the barrel and upper receiver required to fire the weapon. The fire control unit contains the trigger, hammer, and all the necessary linkage and springs. The fire control group is the serialized part of the weapon.

This fire control unit is installed into the frame and then a slide and barrel is installed to complete the firearm. This fire control unit can be swapped out to different frames and slides. SIG produces full-size, compact, and subcompact frame and slide kits. These are essentially shells that become firearms when the fire control unit is installed.

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The big picture, being once you own the fire control group, is that it can be rotated between frames and slides and you can have three different sizes of firearms to adapt to your situation. Besides size, the different frames are the same weapon. This cuts down on time you have to train. Your full-size weapon has identical controls to your sub-compact weapon.

You can also order the frames, slides, and barrels over the Internet without having to use a federal firearms license or a background check. A slide, barrel, and frame set will cost less than two hundred dollars. So, for under a grand, you can effectively have three different guns. The compact and full sizes have three different grip options, as well, so you can find any size for any hand. The subcompact is the only one that has one frame and grip size. You can actually swap the parts around quite a bit to an almost foolish level. You can place a full-sized slide on a compact frame or vice versa. The gun will still function fine too.

The Sig P250 comes in a variety of different calibers, including 9mm Luger, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. More adaptability comes from the fact the .357 SIG, 9mm, and .40 S&W all share the same grip frame and the availability of caliber. X-Change kits allow you to convert your SIG to different calibers without any tools. The large .45 ACP is unable to change calibers, though.

Now that I’ve gone into the unique factors this weapon has, I’ll educate on the same old features every gun has. The SIG P250 does not have a manual safety. Like all SIGs, the weapon promotes readiness. I personally do not like safeties on double-action handguns; I do not find them necessary on a fighting handgun. The long dual-action trigger pull is safety enough.

The Sig P250 is double action only and it is hammer fired. This is the only downside to the pistol that I see. I have always had a preference for double/single action pistols. Maybe I’m just a trigger ninny though. The trigger is excellent, like all SIG triggers. There is no stacking and the trigger is firm but smooth.

The P250 is designed to be ambidextrous. The slide catch lever is completely ambidextrous and the magazine catch is reversible. The controls and ergonomics are brilliant on this weapon. I do like how the SIG fits in my huge hands. The full size is perfect for me. I can’t stand my pinky hanging off the edge. I only face that problem with the subcompact frame.

The magazines come in different sizes for the different frames. The 9mm variant I tested used a 17-round box magazine for the full size frame, a 15-round box mag for the compact, and a 12-round mag for the sub compact. There is plenty of firepower packed even in the subcompact package. It’s important to remember that first generation magazines are not compatible with second generation guns. The full and compact size also features a full-length Picatinny rail for mounting whatever accessories you desire. My SIG was equipped with SIGLITE night sights and I love them. They are perfect for both precise and quick shooting.

Speaking of Shooting.

I can honestly say I had did not have a single failure to fire, or failure to eject, and I didn’t even suffer a stovepipe. I ran mostly Winchester white box through the gun. I ran a box of Hornady TAP and a box of Tula, just because. The dual-action trigger was incredibly smooth and very enjoyable. Double taps were easy even with the double action-only trigger. I attribute this to the smoothness of the trigger.

I averaged a little over 2 inches at 15 yards, but remember I’ve always been more of a rifleman than a pistol guy. The controls were all very easy to access and as I said before, the ergonomics were amazing. Of course the recoil was easy to control, but the pistol is lightweight, so I wonder how it handles a high pressure round like the .357 SIG.

The SIG P250 is a great pistol. Its modularity is unmatched in the pistol world. The weapon has had a bad reputation attributed to it, but the generation two fixed this. I’m hoping in time others will realize this pistol is quite the gem.

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20 comments

  1. I have a P250 in the 40 cal I carry concealed and have a SP2022 9mm I carry as a duty weapon for the Security Company I work for, both great guns and have never had an issue besides not enough ammo to shoot through them!

  2. Travis, nice article,,, I like the way you write, you must have been a jarhead,,, the flow is correct, shows a lot of insight into the weapon as well as its use in peace and war.

    I am interested in a Sig now,, formerly I wanted a sig but didn’t like the price. Now I may take a look. I bought browning Hipwrs for all the women in the family, but they are indeed old. Might be time to rearm and refit,,, your article gives me food for thought.
    The Col

    • I just bought my first Sig, the P250C, after doing some research on the weapon, and finding nothing but encouraging results. i read countless reviews, magazine articles, and blog comments, and I could hardly believe the price for a Sig Sauer P250C. After spending most of my adult life in The Corps, many of those carrying the venerable M1911, and many years of carrying a Kimber Ultra Carry 1911(primariy), I am looking forward to getting to the range to check out my new Sig. My wife decided that it would be my Christmas present, so I have to wait and act surprised when she finally allows me access to it. Meanwhile, I appreciate your review, and I would have to agree with The (other) Col, your organized, analytical approach leaves me wondering if you, too, were a Jarhead.

      Col2

  3. Travis,,,,, I meant the Brownings are old,,, not the women

    The Col

  4. Thanks for the article. The P250 certainly is overlooked by many as a safe higher capacity carry weapon. Probably it has to do with the modular features which some may perceive as gimmicky (it is not).
    Many immediately dismiss a DAO trigger, which is further encouraged by some good intentioned gun sales people with their own personal preferences.
    I am a revolver guy, and carry an sp 101 aiwb, holstered of course. For me, the P250 just works….and it works very, very well.

  5. I love my P250. It does everything its supposed to and it does them well. I love the DOA trigger. I don’t like thumb safeties or any manually operated safeties which might require additional fine motor skills to operate should I need my gun ready at a seconds notice. Yet, I am often carrying while with my family, so I need for my weapon to be ready with a round in the chamber. The DOA trigger satisfies both criteria. -I am safe from an unwanted discharge (the long pull of the DOA), and since there is no manual safety, I have nothing else to think of but pulling the trigger. Egonomics -it fits my hand perfectlly. Fire power -Its got a dual stack magazine. Lastly, I think it looks like something Robocop would carry.

  6. I own the p250 compact and its the best handgun ive owned thus far. slide is smooth and never fails trigger could be lighter and shorter but it is definitely able to be compensated for so ill say id give it 9 out of 10 stars.

  7. Ordered a P250C. I was worried about the long trigger pull and anticipated possibly rejecting the gun after trying it. Not so! The pull is butter smooth and always breaks at the same place. The mild recoil of my soft shooting .380 combined with the ergonomics and smooth operation of the pistol help keep it on target better than any other semi auto handgun I have shot previously. Thanks for your review.

    • Considering a 250 in .380, how do you tell a 1st generation from a 2nd ?

      • Hey Richard, there is no 1st generation .380. I got one on order myself, I can’t wait. The P250 is the best kept secret out there. I’m leaving a Glock G39 behind, I wanted a round I could truly handle, (and with capacity) and a double action Only trigger, I never liked those safe action triggers. Far to many times I had a ‘no fire’ because my finger wasn’t on it far enough in. And also because I feel much better about carrying a double action with one in the chamber. The .380 is a great round now because of the technology and it’s affordable. This gun will also be fun to shoot at the range and when your gun is fun to shoot you tend to practice with it more.

        Anyway good luck on what ever you decide.

  8. Just a note for all the guys who own a P250 1st generation. GOOD NEWS! I brought my older model in to the factory outlet store in Epping NH to inquire on cost to upgrade. After a few minutes the salesman came back and told me to leave the pistol and they would go through it FREE OF CHARGE! INCLUDING TRADING OUT ALL MY MAGS(3)…They literally changed out every single part except the serial numbered bit…but did change the trigger and springs in the main frame…Basically everything except the barrel!
    Had it back,test fired and cleaned in less than a week….I Repeat!
    FREE OF CHARGE.
    Now that’s customer service!

  9. quote
    “The magazines come in different sizes for the different frames. The 9mm variant I tested used a 17-round box magazine for the full size frame, a 15-round box mag for the compact, and a 12-round mag for the sub compact. There is plenty of firepower packed even in the subcompact package. It’s important to remember that first generation magazines are not compatible with second generation guns.”

    FYI
    IF YOU USE A LONGER (gen 1) MAG in a SHORTER (gen 2) GRIP MODULE THEY will work. ALSO, YOU can change bottom plate to make gen 1 mag compatable with gen 2 grip frame for a same size mag/ grip frame. FACTORY Sig -REPLACEMENT MAGS COME WITH BOTH gen1 and gen 2 BOTTOM PLATES.

  10. quote
    “The magazines come in different sizes for the different frames. The 9mm variant I tested used a 17-round box magazine for the full size frame, a 15-round box mag for the compact, and a 12-round mag for the sub compact. There is plenty of firepower packed even in the subcompact package. It’s important to remember that first generation magazines are not compatible with second generation guns.”

    FYI
    IF YOU USE A LONGER (gen 1) MAG in a SHORTER (gen 2) GRIP MODULE THEY will work. ALSO, YOU can change bottom plate to make gen 1 mag compatible with gen 2 grip frame for a same size mag/ grip frame. FACTORY Sig -REPLACEMENT MAGS COME WITH BOTH gen1 and gen 2 BOTTOM PLATES.

  11. quote
    “The magazines come in different sizes for the different frames. The 9mm variant I tested used a 17-round box magazine for the full size frame, a 15-round box mag for the compact, and a 12-round mag for the sub compact. There is plenty of firepower packed even in the subcompact package. It’s important to remember that first generation magazines are not compatible with second generation guns.”

    FYI from my playing and research.
    IF YOU USE A LONGER (gen 1) MAG in a SHORTER (gen 2) GRIP MODULE THEY will work.
    i.e. gen 1 full size mag in a gen 2 compact or sub-compact grip frame and possibly a gen 1 compact mag in a gen 2 sub-compact. (don’t remember)

    ALSO, YOU can change bottom plate to make gen 1 mag compatible with gen 2 grip frame for a same size mag/ grip frame. FACTORY Sig -REPLACEMENT MAGS COME WITH BOTH gen1 and gen 2 BOTTOM PLATES.

    The mag (steel) themselves is the same just the plastic floor plate different.

  12. sorry about the 2 early extra messages. I was having computer connection issues……

    I Love the P250, I’d like a shorter trigger pull, but I’ll take the low weight of trigger pull it provides, (4.5 – 6 lbs)
    as a trade off, compared to the alternative firearm choices. to have a DAO defense gun.

    If you are used to a 1911, a p250 you’ll probably hate, If you are a DA or DAO revolver person,
    it be SWEETNESS!

  13. Some earlier generation P250’s had issues, have no issues with the latest generation Sig Sauer P250 own the compact 40 S&W. Agree that the Sig Sauer P250 pistols are underrated.

  14. I just laid a way a 1st Gen sign p250 9 mm. Should I try to get the d da alert to change to a Gen 2. I never knew about the problems until after I laid it away. I thought I was getting a great deal at $399 for a typical reliable sig.

  15. I just got my hands on a used SIG P-250 in 9 mm (2nd generation); this gun is in really like new condition. The prior owner from what I can tell maybe put a box or two through the gun, but the gun came with three magazines in 9 mm, it also came with an extra slide in .40 SW with one .40 caliber magazine plus there a holster from Safariland. The extra slide from SIG SAUER is priced at $400, and the two extra magazine are each $46 ($92). I paid $600! I was not looking for any handgun, I just needed a question answered about BCG (chrome lining), I walked out with my third SIG SAUER in 9 mm. I great buy!

  16. Got my P250 in November and LOVE IT! Came with a holster too! DO NOT use Monarch steel ammo in this firearm though because it’s what I started out with when I first fired it and 3 rounds failed to eject right off the bat. Replaced the Monarch with brass full metal jackets and subsequently fired 200 rounds through it without issue. Easy to disassemble and reassemble for cleaning. To be honest though, there is very little difference between my new P250 and my Taurus Millenium 9mm I bought back in 09, except I like the grip better on the Sig and it looks a little tougher.

  17. Had 1st gen P250C .45ACP. Shot accurate and functioned as advertised. But, it is far too thick for good concealed carry. Also, I am a 1911 guy (though I carried the beretta 92 in combat as well). The trigger pull on this Sig was way too long for me. I sold it a couple of months afterwards. Can’t easily carry concealed and the DAO trigger pull much like a revolver created a situation where I couldn’t comfortably switch between guns for carry. Emergency response with that long of a trigger pull just wasn’t going to work unless it was my only weapon and/or I used it as an alternative to my revolver.

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