Pat Cascio’s Product Review: Sig Sauer P250

I saw my first Sig handgun back in 1980, when I was running a gun shop and new to the gun biz but not new to guns. A customer wanted me to order him a Browning BDA .45 ACP pistol. I hadn’t heard of it, to be honest. So, I did some research and found that the Browning BDA (Browning Double Action) was actually made by Sig and was being imported by Browning. When the gun came in for my customer, I was more than a little impressed with it. It had excellent workmanship all the way around. That was my introduction into Sig firearms.

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Today, Sig Sauer is a major player in the law enforcement market, with many police officers carrying a Sig Sauer of some sort in their holsters. Sig isn’t one to sit back on past accomplishments; they are always on the cutting edge when it comes to long guns as well as handguns. I’ve owned more than my share of Sig handguns over the years, and one thing always stands out– the accuracy of these guns. Their accuracy is outstanding!

My local FFL dealer got a Sig P250 Sub-Compact handgun in. It was used in .45ACP, and I checked it out a good number of times over several weeks before working a trade. For whatever reason, and this is strange, Sig handguns simply don’t sell very well at my local gun shop. It may be the price point, since our area isn’t very “rich”, to put it politely. While some might think that a Sig handgun is overpriced, they are not. They are an excellent firearm for the money.

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The P250 is a double-action only (DAO) handgun, and it has a super-smooth trigger pull that is long but extremely smooth all the way through the pull of the trigger. The hammer is bobbed, so it can’t catch on anything when drawing, too. The gun weighs in at about 25 ounces for the Sub-Compact version, which is the one I have. The frame is black polymer, and the frame itself can be swapped out for a different sized frame. There are longer ones to hold more ammo. Of course, the slide can be changed, too. Check the Sig website for complete information on this.

Sig advertises the trigger pull as between 5.5 and 6.5 pounds, and they are right. As mentioned, the trigger pull is super-smooth and better than many revolvers that have had a trigger job. I kid you not. The Sub-Compact model holds six rounds of .45 ACP. However, you can get an extended mag with a sleeve, and it will allow you to carry nine rounds, but it sort of defeats the purpose of carrying a sub-compact handgun. My sample came with two 6-rd mags and one 9-rd mag. I’ll admit that firing the P250 is much more comfortable with a 9-rd mag, since it gives the pinky finger a lot more purchase on the gun.

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The slide is finished with Nitron, a very durable coating that really brushes off the elements. My sample also had night sights. That’s always a good thing on any handgun, if you ask me. The Compact and Duty sized guns have a Picatinny rail on the frame for mounting lights and lasers. The Sub-Compact model doesn’t have this feature. The trigger guard on the Sub-Compact model is rounded, though on the larger guns it is squared off in the front. You have three controls on the frame. One is the take-down lever, and the other is the slide release/stop. Plus, there is the magazines release.

Sig came up with an outstanding idea with their interchangeable frames. Well, you aren’t actually changing the frame as you would with a traditional pistol. Instead, you are actually removing the trigger group from the frame, and it has the serial number on it. So, you can actually purchase, directly from Sig, a different sized framed without having to go through an FFL dealer. Just pop out the trigger group, and install it in a different frame, and you can also change calibers by changing the slide/barrel and magazines. It’s quite a gun, to say the least.

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