Jump on any firearms group or chat board and before long, someone will pose a question about which model or which brand of handgun is best. These posts are a great way to gauge the pulse of the market and vet one brand against another. There are brands that will hold their own against SIG, but none that will flat out it. Why? Because SIG Sauer’s “To Hell and Back!” reputation is more than a slogan, it is a flat out statement proven time and again.
Given the performance of its pistols and long guns, when SIG introduced it would be manufacturing its own ammunition, enthusiasts paid attention—much more than simply SIG enthusiasts included. In fact, anyone looking for premium defensive ammunition could rightfully put his or her mind at ease after loading SIG’s premium ammunition. However, premium ammo fetches a premium price.
While most understand and pay a premium for a round on which they bet their life and those of their loved ones, practice and competition are quite another story. For high volume shooting, you need a round more in line with budget ammo. Then, you can afford to shoot and practice regularly for skills training and once or twice a year run a magazine or two of premium ammunition for load testing. While a solid concept in principle, at the introduction, SIG only introduced and offered its Elite Performance Ammunition. Happily, all of that is changing with SIG’s announcement of SIG’s full metal jacket (FMJ) centerfire pistol cartridges for practice and competition shooting.
These new FMJ rounds are the perfect combination of affordability and performance. Sig Sauer’s ammo approximates the performance of corresponding jacketed hollow point (JHP) loads, making the transition from target ammo to carry ammo seamless.
The SIG FMJ pistol ammo is now available in the following calibers and bullet weights:
- 100-grain .380Auto
- 115-grain 9mm Luger
- 124-grain .357 SIG
- 180-grain .40 S&W
- 180-grain 10mm
- 230-grain .45Auto
“With the SIG FMJ ammunition, we now have extremely accurate and reliable rounds designed specifically for practice and competition shooting,” said Bud Fini, vice president of marketing for SIG Sauer. “We wanted to give our customers an affordable premium target load that feeds as smoothly as our JHP ammunition and also performs and feels almost identical to the JHP load when shooting. We designed our copper-coated lead bullets to have the most precise, uniform profile and the result is consistent accuracy.”
Manufactured to meet or exceed SAAMI specifications, the SIG FMJ centerfire pistol cartridges feature solid brass cases and durable copper-jacketed bullets that stay with the lead at impact. For reduced barrel fouling and more reliable functioning, SIG uses dependable primers and clean-burning powders. Like all Elite Performance Ammunition, SIG Sauer manufactures the SIG FMJ in the United States to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.
Have you had a chance to put SIG’s ammunition through a range test? Share your opinions in the comment section.