In 1998, SIG SAUER announced they had developed a polymer-framed version of their SIG “classic” design that started with the P220 way back in 1975. The SIG Pro was a full-sized service pistol designed for military and law enforcement, featuring a smooth double action/single action trigger and the familiar sights and ergonomics of those legacy SIG pistols. SIG joined Glock and HK as one of the few major firearms manufacturers to embrace a polymer frame at that time.
In one way, the SIG Pro was way ahead of its time, featuring a replaceable back strap to change the thickness of its grip to fit both large and small hands. The next time you read a manufacturer’s claim that their gun features new innovative replaceable grip inserts, remember that SIG did it almost 15 years ago.
The SIG Pro has evolved a bit over the years. When first introduced, there were many competing designs for methods to attach a light or laser to a pistol, then. a decade later, the 1913 Picatinny rail became the standard. The original SIG Pro had a SIG-designed light mount that looks similar to the ones on the HK USP and S&W Sigma.
By 2003, the Picatinny rail had won out. When SIG released their latest version of the SIG Pro that year, designated SP2022, it featured the standard rail molded into the frame as well as a few other improvements, including a decocker that is easier to manipulate.
The SIG Pro always seemed to be the “ugly duckling” of the SIG SAUER product line. It certainly did not have the allure of the flagship P226, The Pistol Used By The Navy Seals. Many SIG Pros were chambered in .40S&W and .357 Sig, rounds once thought to be the ultimate in law enforcement calibers and whose popularity is now waning.
Rightly or wrongly, the SIG Pro got a reputation as the SIG you can still buy when you aren’t able to afford a P226. When SIG introduced the P250 series of polymer-framed, modular pistols in 2009, the marketing hype surrounding those guns made it easy for potential customers to forget SIG had already been making polymer guns in the same calibers for a decade.
It seemed like the SIG SP2022 was destined to be one of the best-kept secrets of pistol world. Then an odd thing happened.
The P250’s double-action-only trigger is proving unpopular with many shooters and, despite the fact that you can get a new P250 for the price of a used Glock, they have not caught on with many law enforcement agencies or any military units. At the same time, the street price of the all-metal “classic” SIGs, like the P226, has skyrocketed to hundreds of dollars more than it was just a few years ago.
So many polymer-framed pistols are on the market now that they are the rule rather than the exception, and this has helped wash away the stigma of the SIG Pro as a “poor man’s P226.” With its solid performance history, traditional feel and competitive pricing, the SP2022 slowly began to climb up the sales charts until we recently realized that its in Cheaper Than Dirt Top 20: our top 20 selling firearms so far this year.
Now the secret is out—the fully matured SP2022 is one heck of a pistol for the money you’ll spend to get one.
Specifications and Features
- SIG Sauer SP2022 semi-automatic handgun
- .40 S&W caliber
- 3.9″ barrel
- 12 round capacity
- 10 pounds trigger pull double-action
- 4.4 pounds trigger pull single-action
- Four point safety system
- Black polymer grips and frame
- Stainless steel slide with black Nitron finish
- SIGLite night sights
- Accessory rail
- 7.4″ overall length
- 5.7″ tall
- 1.4″ wide
- 5.9″ sight radius
- Weighs 29 ounces unloaded
So what do YOU think? Is the SIG SP2022 still the “poor man’s P226″ or are you seeing it’s many features? Share in the comments section.
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