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postheadericon [FIREARM REVIEW] Sig Sauer P250 – ‘Gone With The Wind’ Edition

In another review, I discussed a recent purchase and test of the Sig Sauer SP2022. The SP2022 marked Sig Sauer’s first move towards a polymer-style pistol. The P250 marked its first true step towards complete pistol modularity.

If you’re like any concealed carrier I’ve ever met that gets a funny look on his face after getting hit with a pop-marketing word like modularity, you’d naturally ask:

What the heck does modularity and why is the P250 so important?

If you’ve ever had a pistol you really, really like but unfortunately it’s only chambered in one caliber and only available in one size, you know the pain of having to switch to another pistol.

A modular design allows you to change any part of the pistol to whatever you need it to be. For the P250, initially released in 2007, that meant being able to swap out slides, pistol grip modules, and magazines. This was all due to the receiver being a “drop in” piece you can take out of the pistol grip module.

Sig Sauer P250 CompactThe same receiver could be used on different calibers, different slides, and different grip modules.

The P250 came in three basic flavors: full-size, compact, and sub-compact. It really doesn’t matter which one you get because, as I mentioned before, it’s modular.

I’ve tested the sub-compact of the P250. It was the first handgun I purchased after coming back to New Hampshire in 2013. I bought my P250 sub-compact used for $ 350. The P320 was widely available through 2014 and this caused P250 prices to crash even further down. Unfortunately, the P250 was a pearl before swine… Because I didn’t understand nearly as much about it as I do now. That’s why I’m making this article.

Dimensions At A Glance

  • Trigger: Double Action Only
  • Barrel Length: 3.6 in (91 mm)
  • Overall Length: 6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Overall Width: 1.1 in (28 mm)
  • Height: 4.7 in (119 mm)
  • Weight: 24.9 oz (706 g)
  • MSRP: It’s no longer in mainline production so you pretty much can only purchase them used. The going rate appears to be somewhere between $ 350 to $ 499.

The sub-compact model is very easy to conceal and is covered by most holster manufacturers — and it fits the same basic holster dimensions as the P320.

Caliber Exchange Kits Are The Way To Go

Caliber Exchange Kits are what Sig Sauer calls their slide assemblies, barrel, recoil spring and pin for the P250. The different caliber exchange kits allow you to switch between calibers and sizes pretty easily. When I picked up my sub-compact P250, I didn’t realize how modular its design was. I thought I was stuck just using it as a sub-compact and that was it.

I had never heard of modularity and had no inkling what the P250 could do.

I thought I was also stuck with just 9mm.

My P250 literally sat in a safe for a year while I dinked around with the Walther PPS, CZ-75D PCR, Glock 19, and a number of other pistols… All because I didn’t realize just how I could use it.

At a width of just over an inch, it meets the specs of what most concealed carriers prefer – about an inch. The reason why the inch spec seems so important, I think, is because after an inch and a half, I’ve noticed I print heavily unless I’m wearing thicker or loose clothing.

I carried the P250 on a number of occasions as a concealed carry pistol. With a standard capacity of 12 rounds, when chambered in 9mm, I felt confident that I had enough rounds to handle a situation.

The biggest complaint I have is the double action only firing mechanism. I’ve never been a fan. There is an incredibly long trigger pull. And because it’s DAO, there’s no real trigger reset. The hammer has to go all the way back and hit again in order to keep shooting.

The trigger pull was smooth. If it can’t be short and sweet, at least it was smooth. The slide assembly ran extremely well and recoil wasn’t an issue. The P250 was a heavier sub-compact than, for instance, my Walther PPS, but for my carry style, it really didn’t become a factor.

With The P320 Out, P250 Is Forgotten Treasure

Now that the P320 is widely available, the P250 has been nearly forgotten to the annuls of pistol history. That’s a shame. It’s not a bad little gun. But their lose can be your gain. Now that you know a bit more about its modularity, go pick up a full-size grip module and slide assembly and try out the full-size or compact version. Those use the same magazines as the P320 so I see no reason why not slide an extended 21-round magazine up in there and go to town on some targets at the range.

Added bonus: this is one of the few sub-compacts I’ve encountered that handles .40 S&W exceptionally well. I previously owned an M&P Shield chambered in .40 S&W and I was not a huge fan. Sadly, even though I hate DAO, this is one of the few pistols that handles larger caliber ammunition well.

Fair warning: If you don’t typically fire a DAO and then decide to go from your normal DA/SA or striker fire to this, give yourself a bit of adjustment time for the trigger travel.

If you find a P250 of any size — full-size, compact, or sub-compact — pick it up for cheap and use it as a beater gun at the range or an occasional concealed carry pistol. It’ll do the job.

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postheadericon Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE Pistol Specifications

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The Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE Pistol Specifications:

The Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE Pistol Specifications

The Sig Sauer P320 X-FIVE Pistol Features: 

  • Modular Polymer X-Series Grip with Extended Beavertail and High Undercut Trigger Guard for improved recoil control
  • Enhanced Slide Serrations and Lightening Cuts for optimal slide weight and feel
  • Striker Fired W/ Straight X-Series Trigger for a clean, straight 90-degree break
  • 5” Match Grade Bull Barrel for improved accuracy, balance, and felt recoil
  • Dawson Precision® Fiber Optic Front & Adjustable Rear Sight
  • Romeo1 Optic Compatible Rear Sight Plate
  • Detachable Extended Magwell for faster reloads
  • Integrated Grip Weight for better weight balance and reduced recoil
  • (4) 21Rd Steel Mags

You can buy the P320 X-FIVE Pistol on

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postheadericon SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol   

After some rumors and questions arose as to the safety of SIG SAUER’s P320 if it’s dropped, SIG has released the following PR to address the issue.

Basically, SIG is offering ‘enhancements’ to it’s customers that make things even better.

Read the PR below:

SIG SAUER Issues Voluntary Upgrade of P320 Pistol   

P320 pistol meets requirements for industry and government safety standards;
performance enhancements optimize function, safety, and reliability.

Newington, NH (August 8, 2017) – The P320 meets U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / Sporting Arms Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI®), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

The design of the SIG SAUER P320 overcomes the most significant safety concern in striker-fired pistols today: the practice of pressing the trigger for disassembly. This can be performed with a round in the chamber which has resulted in numerous incidents of property damage, physical injury, and death. The disassembly process of the P320, however, uses a take-down lever rather than pressing the trigger, eliminating the possibility of discharge during the disassembly process.

Recent events indicate that dropping the P320 beyond U.S. standards for safety may cause an unintentional discharge.

As a result of input from law enforcement, government and military customers, SIG has developed a number of enhancements in function, reliability, and overall safety including drop performance. SIG SAUER is offering these enhancements to its customers. Details of this program will be available at on Monday, August 14, 2017.

The M17 variant of the P320, selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), is not affected by the Voluntary Upgrade.

“SIG SAUER is committed to our approach on innovation, optimization, and performance, ensuring we produce the finest possible products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Durability, reliability and safety, as well as end-user confidence in the SIG SAUER brand are the priorities for our team.”

For more information on SIG SAUER, please visit us at

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SIG SAUER, Inc. is The Complete Systems Provider™, leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among many of the world’s elite military, government and law enforcement units as well as responsible citizens. SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns and training. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 1,600 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, please visit on to

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postheadericon SIG SAUER Responds To Rumors Of P320 Safety Issues

Rumors have been spreading the past week that revolve around the P320 pistols, the same ones recently adopted by the US Army as their Modular Handgun System. The rumors got so intense that the Dallas Police Department temporarily suspended their approval of officers who chose to carry P320’s on duty.

The news? That the P320’s were having drop-related incidents. In other words, the gun was firing if dropped. SIG’s response: that’s completely inaccurate and ridiculous. Take a look at their press release below.

SIG SAUER® Reaffirms Safety of P320® Pistol   

Striker-fired pistol exceeds safety standards of ANSI/SAAMI® and U.S. military testing

Newington, NH (August 4, 2017) – In response to social media rumors questioning the safety of the P320 pistol, a variant of which was selected by the U.S. government as the U.S. Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS), SIG SAUER, Inc. has full confidence in the reliability, durability and safety of its striker-fired handgun platform. There have been zero (0) reported drop-related P320 incidents in the U.S. commercial market, with hundreds of thousands of guns delivered to date.

The P320 meets and exceeds all U.S. standards for safety, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI), as well as rigorous testing protocols for global military and law enforcement agencies.

All SIG SAUER pistols incorporate effective mechanical safeties to ensure they only fire when the trigger is pressed. However, like any mechanical device, exposure to acute conditions (e.g. shock, vibration, heavy or repeated drops) may have a negative effect on these safety mechanisms and cause them to not work as designed. This language is common to owner’s manuals of major handgun manufacturers.

As a result, individual attempts to perform drop tests outside of professionally controlled environments should not be attempted.

“SIG SAUER is committed to producing only the finest products,” said Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER. “Safety and reliability have been and always will be paramount to the SIG SAUER brand.”

For more information on SIG SAUER, please visit us at

Follow SIG SAUER on social media, including Facebook at, Instagram at, and YouTube at


SIG SAUER, Inc. is The Complete Systems Provider, leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among many of the world’s elite military, government and law enforcement units as well as responsible citizens. SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, including handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, ASP (Advanced Sport Pellet) airguns and training. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with more than 1,600 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUERAcademy®, go to

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Philip and his Sig Sauer P229 in a BLACKHAWK! Serpa Holster


As a CCW carrier (and a graduate of a LE academy but not a officer), these are the things that I carry on my belt everyday and the reason why. Starting from the top of the photo and moving down left to right:

A pair of Smith & Wesson cuffs. Why? You never know when you might actually need them. During the time that DO NOT NEED THEM; when seen by non carriers (or potential perpetrators), they send an unconscious (and open) message to those that see you that you are not a threat to them or the law abiding general public without have to say a single word of explanation.

Next is the ammunition loaded: I carry two types of rounds in a very specific order. I always carry a round loaded in chamber. That round is a GLASER SILVER TIPPED FRAGMENTABLE. Why? Because you not only have to think of your own safety, but the safety of the public around you as well.

Also, most gunfights occur at distances of 10 to 5 feet away. At those distances, the Glaser is very effective with proper shot placement while significantly reducing the risks associated with a shoot-thru or a complete miss altogether.

My weapon is loaded after the first (chambered) round in the order that you see in the center beneath the cuffs. That order is: 2 more fragmentable followed by 1 round of Winchester CRITICAL DEFENSE hollowpoint.  This order (2 frag’s & 1 CD) is repeated three times for a total of ten rounds.

If I should every find myself in a situation where I need to go beyond ten rounds, my magazine hold 15 rounds and the last 5 rounds are Winchester CRITICAL DEFENSE hollow points.  I carry one (1) spare 15 round reload will all CRITICAL DEFENSE hollowpoints. I am thinking of upgrading to two 20 round magazines instead of the two 15 round magazines.

The blade is a BenchMade model N680. It has a goat’s head front head for cutting clothing, a serrated and straight edge blade, a seatbelt cutter and a auto glass breaker. The Model N680 comes with an unconditional lifetime repair and free sharpening warrantee.

My weapon is a Sig 229 old style with the all steel frame in 9mm. I carry the Sig 9mm because there is absolutely no way that the weapon can fire under any circumstances; unless the operator specifically and intentionally pulls the trigger (or sets the hammer back out of DA mode).

I carry a SUPER SHARPIE in RED, so as to attract attention to write with.

Next for EDC is a STREAMLIGHT rechargeable flashlight “STINGER” model with the LED tactical upgrade.

For a holster, I use the controversial SERPA locking holster. I believe the holster is safe when properly used and trained with.

Because this is a potentially a “Use Of Force” scenario with the real possibility of Felony charges associated with the incident, I want documented to the fullest extent possible the events that transpired. To that end, I carry a micro-cassette (currently upgrading to a digital thumb recorder).

Next, I carry a LEATHERMAN for those odd moments when you wish you had a pair of pliers or a screwdriver for a quick fix.

Lastly, a “Use Of Force” scenario is a stepwise progressive response. the use of a handgun is the very last resort when there are no other options. However, although all 3 of the << ABILITY, OPPORTUNITY AND INTENT>> standards may be present … the use of LETHAL FORCE MAY NOT BE JUSTIFIED as seen in the  “Reasonable Person” standard. Thus, I also carry a 3 oz can of pepper spray for that reason.

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Sherry and her Sig Sauer P238 Tribal


Sig P238 Tribal. With a change in grips!  Hw holster. I have 2 other sigs and would carry nothing else

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Roberto and his Sig Sauer P239 in a Alien Gear Holster


1. I carry Sig Sauer P239 .40
2. I carry it in a Alien Gear IWB Holster Gen 3
3. I carry my Sig in this holster because the guys at Alien Gear made it specifically for my weapon

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Dean and his SIG SAUER P320 Compact in an Alien Gear Holster and On Your 6 Designs Mag Carrier

Sig P320 Compact

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB

I love my gun. She is named Sigourney. I like to carry her because double stack gives me 15+1.

The Alien Gear makes it comfortable and concealable.

On Your 6 Designs makes the OWB magazine holder.

“These are just a few of my favorite things.”

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postheadericon #DIGTHERIG – Mike and his Sig Sauer P938 Scorpion

My Sig Sauer P938 Scorpion

I carry in a cheap Blackhawk IWB holster (planning on getting a nice holster soon). I love to carry the P938 it is very small and light so it’s easily concealed and very accurate and reliable. The holster works well, it’s easy to holster/unholster while still holding the gun securely while carrying and it’s very comfortable. I always carry a second magazine with me, they are small single stack mags and it fits right in the small extra pocket on jeans.

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