Shoot one and you'll know why.
Compairing the Sig to other ones on the market, is like a Yugo to a Porsche. I bought my 228 because of a friend who carries it as his duty weapon. I've owned a Glock, and several others but I must say the 228 out shines them all. The U. S. Goverment is not generally known for picking the best firearms for their personel, but EVERYONE I have talked to has nothing but great things to say about their Sigs. I know the Army NG TAC TEAM carries the 228 in an M-11 name and swear by them even though Glocks were offered as an optional weapon.
I have several relatives in the LE community and they refuse to carry anything but a Sig even though their departments have changed to a different basic carry weapon. This says alot about craftmanship, dependability etc.
You can bet my next purchase will also be a Sig because my wife is ready to move up from her .22. Yes they cost more... But they are worth every penny.
Dr. K summed it up for me. My Numba 2 Son has a 220 Match. I've shot it several times and was just shy of giddy each time. I bought a P220 Compact on the 30th. Why a 220? I love the "shove" of a 45ACP. I realize that the ammo is more expensive, but I'll pick up cans along the road if need be. It's that shove...
BTW: the Compact fits nicely in the pocket of my cargo shorts. This was a pleasant surprise as I plan to seek ways to carry this and did not anticipate the pocket as a place for it. I currently carry a NAA 380 alla time in a Nemesis pocket holster.
I will give you my opinion after I shoot my 229 elite today
Jstu put 200 rounds through 229 elite on lunch, insane, love it. Too bad one fo the grips screws fell out and is stripped, on hold with sig right now
I fired my son's P220 Match on several occassions recently. That did it for me. On December 30th, I bought a P220 Compact (as I plan to carry it whenever practical). On Saturday, I got to the range when they opened with 150 rounds of 230 grain FMJ's. I had purchased an UpLULA mag loader; it paid for itself in a heartbeat. Even with only the 2 6-round mags that come with the P220 Compact, I went through the 150 rounds in a hurry. I shot the last 100 rounds one-handed with ease. What a sweet pistol. No FTF's and no FTE's. I practiced DA by using the decocker to better gage how the double action feels. Even with a small hand I can reach everything I need to.
I'm sorry to tell you that this story has an unhappy ending. I ran out of ammo long before I was ready to quit. Bummer.
I wanted a p229 for a long time but never put too much effort into getting one because of the price of a new one. I have always thought over priced guns were just that, overpriced, but the Sig's were always the exception, at least to me. I don't know how to explain it but when you hold one you just know your holding the best money can buy.
My wife got me one for Christmas. It was a certified pre-owned model without the rail so she got it for $650 with two mags and two barrels ( 40S&W and .357sig). Certified pre-owned was all any of the shops in our area had. It was factory refinished, new mags, new barrels, new springs, and new grips.
I have only had the chance to shoot it once but I have to tell you so far I am not disappointed, at all.I shot it as well as any gun I have owned and shot for a long time, in fact better than most. The only thing I don't like and I mean the ONLY thing I don't like so far is the price of .357sig ammo.This is the first non-9mm carry gun I have gotten in a long time, so I am used to the price of 9mm ammo. I really like the .357sig round, a lot but the price,,,,,,,,,,,,, I mean,,,,,,,,,,,My God!!!
I think I will be shooting it in 40S&W at the range and just carry the .357sig as my carry ammo.
I'm not sure I can answer that . . . but I can tell you our story. In short, we kind of fell into SIG (though I was well aware of SIG's reputation).
In May of last year, my wife of 40+ years decided the time was right for her to acquire a handgun for personal protection (she'd shown absolutely no interest in my boyhood interest until then -- I don't know what happened . . .). My shooting buddy (Mark) loaned us his Glock 17 in 9mm, and Kate shot if, and found it wouldn't bite. But she was turned off (as was I) by the hassles of loading the magazine and (for me) the hassles of field stripping it for cleaning. But she sort of liked shooting it. Mark recommended we take a look at a Kahr at our local gun shop because it was small and easily concealable.
So we did . . . and she was okay with the Kahr, just as she had been okay with the Glock. Then, for no particular reason other than I knew of SIG's reputation and wanted Kate to have a look-see at "the best" for reasons of comparison, I asked the clerk if he had a used Sig. He didn't, but he did have a new one -- a P-239.
He handed it to Kate, and that was it. She was trying very hard to be perfectly objective and not to show how she felt, but after all those years of marriage, I kinda know how to read her.
So I outlined the positives and negatives of SIG vs Kahr (she'd rejected the Glock), and pointed out that the small, light Kahr would conceal better, but that she'd practice more with the SIG -- which is all important. She also liked the exposed hammer of the SIG.
So she got it, named it Ziva (after the Mosad agent played by Cote de Pablo in the TV show NCIS), and since May has put 6000 rounds through it. It just feels good to her, and is ever so reliable. Plus it's easy to field strip and clean. And she's developing into a pretty damned good shot, too.
I still thought she should have something a little smaller, so a few months later I went back to the gun shop and picked up a little second hand Kahr. It was a great little gun in theory. The only problem was that it jammed every third shot, no matter what ammo I fed it . . . so I took it back to the gun shop, and traded it in for a second hand SIG 225 (P-5) which had been the official sidearm of the West German border guard until Germany was reunited (some holster wear, but mechanically superb).
Alas, it was way too large for her . . . larger than her P 239 . . . so I kept it for myself . . .
What can I say? She dotes on hers, I on mine. The SIGs are a gas to shoot and are very reliable and accurate.
(Kate's SIG ended up costing me a fortune . . . I ended up upgrading from my single stage Rockchucker press to RCBS's Pro 2000 Progressive press to keep up with the number of rounds she was shooting. And then, there's all those components, and the cost of my own SIG . . . sigh . . . problems, problems, problems.)
One of my favorite aspects of my Sig P239 .40 is the thin grip. Although only 7+1, the Sig points and shootsd so well that 7+1 seems more than adequate. As with others on this forum -- no FTF's no FTE's.
My most common CCW is the Walther PPS. My overall best shooter is the Sig. Good luck!
The question was, "why a Sig"? The short answer is: a picture is worth a thousand words. My P226 Elite .40S&W (12+1)....
The SIG pistol is just one beautiful piece of equipment and functions well. I was totally Glock until I got my P220R. Now it seems I have more decisions to make when the time comes.
Ram Rod, that P220 is comfortable in your hand, isn't it? And that shove the 45ACP gives you. mmmmm.
Indeed it is. I had to go and get a slip on finger groove grip for it since nobody makes rubber grips yet for the SAO model. My G21 got sold over a year ago, and my G30 went in on the P220 in trade. I needed something in the 45. The Glocks that I had in the 45 just weren't right for me. I didn't really want to get back into the 1911 thing again. With my SIG P220R-TSS-SAO, everything is right with the universe again!