A handgun I have the greatest respect for — as a firearm that fills an important niche in personal defense — is the SIG P250. This pistol is well suited to those looking for a credible, capable handgun for personal defense. However, the same shooter may be one who doesn’t practice as often as he or she would like. So, the pistol must be one that is simple to operate and make ready. The SIG Sauer P250 is a solid choice for all levels of shooters.
The pistol illustrated is one of my wife’s two favorite handguns. The other is a smaller gun for concealed carry. The P250 is the ‘traveling’ gun that she takes along on longer trips and keeps at ‘home ready.’ It suits her well.
This handgun is among a very few I have gifted her over the years. She isn’t into guns as I am, so I don’t gift her with something I really want and she doesn’t! Nor do I choose something unrealistic, however. I would carry the SIG P250 in a heartbeat if need be. She has often said that it is the perfect 9mm (for her).
Why should you choose a SIG Sauer?
SIG handguns are high on the list of reliable, well-made handguns. They are among the most popular with law enforcement and the military. When the Brass chooses the SIG pistol, you know that they did not go with the lowest bidder.
The SIG P250 builds on the success of the original P-series. The pistol features a locked-breech design with an angled camming surface for lockup.
Fieldstripping the P250
Takedown was simple, and the pistol was easy enough to maintain. Simply unload the handgun, lock the slide to the rear (after removing the magazine), and rotate the takedown lever. Release the slide, and it easily ran off the frame. The recoil spring and barrel were then easily removed from the slide.
The slide is forged steel. The extractor is the famous steel SIG type that never gives trouble. The pistol features a slide lock and magazine release as the only controls on this double-action-only pistol.
The sights are well-designed three-dot types. These sights offer excellent hit probability in speed shooting and are accurate when properly aligned. My compact version was supplied with two 15-round magazines. My pistol was chambered in 9mm Luger, others are available in .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
The grip frame offers an exceptionally good fit for most hand sizes. The pistol, quite simply, doesn’t feel like polymer. Just the same, the grip frame is a polymer frame.
The polymer frame helps make the pistol affordable. The fit and feel of the grip frame make for real speed on target. A great deal of research went into this grip. The grip treatment features a good mix of abrasion and adhesion.
The magazine well offers real speed for reloads — a large magazine well and tapered magazine always do! The pistol is a hammer-fired double-action-only pistol.
The manual of arms is simple — load, holster, draw, and then fire. There is no decocker or manual safety. The pistol doesn’t need either one. While the P250 is as simple to use as a striker-fired pistol, the action is perceived as safer to operate. The action seems particularly safer to leave at ‘home ready,’ fully loaded, for immediate access. If you are afraid of chamber-loaded carry, then you need a revolver.
The SIG P250 action is a good compromise. Sometimes heft, fit, and comfort with a particular type of trigger action are more important than speed and accuracy.
Firing a box of 50 rounds in practice is fine, but getting the first shot on target is more important — as is safe handling.
The pistol is fired by pressing the trigger to the rear. The hammer rises and falls, firing the pistol. During recoil, the hammer is not cocked by the slide. Instead, it rides down with the slide. While longer and heavier than a single-action or striker-fired pistol, this is a smooth and useful trigger action.
Trigger compression was about 12 pounds. The pistol had many pleasing features — for such an affordable handgun. The steel slide was nitride finished. The slide lock was ambidextrous.
The pistol is a pace setter of modular design. The fire control group may be removed from the frame and changed to a full size or sub compact grip shell. The process is quite simple. This makes a lot of sense for versatility.
You may purchase different frames, slides, and barrels. It would be simple enough to have quite a collection of full-size to sub-compact pistols, even different calibers, for different duties while using a single firing group.
SIG P250 Firing Tests
While we have owned this pistol for more than 10 years, I have seldom fired it. My wife has enjoyed firing the pistol. I evaluated it during the initial training period, but she has done well with this handgun.
For this report, I loaded the pistol with Winchester’s Active Duty load. Active Duty is a clean-burning and accurate loading that I use often. You don’t need a hollow point for practice, and full metal jacket bullets are much less expensive.
Homing in on a man-sized target at 5 and 7 yards, I drew and fired quickly from a Galco belt slide. The pistol offers excellent hit probability. Draw, line the sights up, press the trigger, and fire. As the pistol recoils, allow the trigger to reset, and then fire again.
This is a very smooth pistol that is well suited to personal defense. This pistol features excellent hit probability and modest recoil. As for absolute accuracy, I fired a couple of three-shot groups at 15 yards. I used the MTM K-Zone shooting rest for testing accuracy.
I fired the Winchester 115-grain Silvertip first, putting three shots into 2.0 inches at 15 yards. I also fired the 124-grain PDX load and achieved similar results. The pistol is accurate enough for any conceivable defense chore.
SIG P250 Compact Specifications
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Weight: 26 Ounces
Length: 7.2 Inches
Height: 5.1 Inches
Width: 1.3 Inches
Barrel Length: 3.9 Inches
Slide Finish: Nitron
Magazine Capacity: 15 Rounds
Looking back, I am glad I chose the SIG P250 as a family defense gun. I would do so again. I think you will find the pistol well suited to most defensive chores as well. To Hell and back reliability is SIG Sauer’s motto.