The Shooting Wire is reporting that SIG SAUER will be releasing a new full-sized pistol, the SIG P250, this weekend at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention. The firearm has different sized polymer grips/frames that the metal receiver drops down into. A few of these have been seen in some of the consumer gun magazines, but this will be the first time most of us will be able to put our hands on one.
The P250 has a stainless steel chassis that is the serial numbered part considered the firearm for legal purposes. That chassis is the only thing regulated by federal and state laws. So, the owner can literally buy new frames, barrels and slides of any size, caliber and color and swap the chassis into them. So one gun can transform into anything the circumstances may dictate. The owner, meanwhile, can save a lot of cash because one gun can serve many roles.
The P250 works great for law enforcement agencies also, as the single gun can be modified to fit anyone’s hand, regardless of size. Additionally, if the officer changes assignments, the gun can change with them. A patrol officer with a full size pistol can merely reconfigure the same gun for something smaller if he or she moves to an undercover position.
This gun is supposed to have 35-40% fewer parts when compared to other handguns. Generally speaking, that should enhance reliability. Sigs are known to be dependable, accurate firearms. I hope this one continues that tradition.
SIG will offer the P250 in a variety of configurations and calibers. It may not be the perfect gun for all occasions, but it certainly seems that it could be given a couple of moments to swap parts around. Calibers available include 9mm, 40 S&W, 45 ACP and 357 SIG. Magazine capacity is 10 for the 45, 14 for the 40 and 357 and 17 for the 9mm. That, as they say, is a whole lot of felon repellant.
The gun comes with standard or night sights.
SIG SAUER is also releasing the SIG556, a lightweight rifle for the military and law enforcement that is the SIG SAUER platform for the .223/5.56 cartridge. Functionally, it is a bit different from the AR-15, and lighter, but it is designed to accept the AR magazine.
This video from SIG shows all of the unique features of these pistols.
If you own, or are thinking about picking one of the P250 pistols up, make sure you visit our holster page for these guns. We outline all of the holster options currently on the market for these handguns.
Cam & Company Interview
Cam interviewed SIG SAUER president and CEO Ron Cohen. Cohen and Adam Pinchot demonstrated the new SIG P250 pistol. Cohen emphasized that the P250 is innovative and unique.
“It’s not a gun; it’s a system,” said Cohen. Cohen and Pinchot then demonstrated how easy it is to change grips to fit the user. If you are not familiar with the P250 platform, the serialized receiver drops down into a polymer frame, which comes in three sizes. The different sized frames allows the user to determine which fits his or her hand the best. Switching frames takes only a few seconds.
SIG also offers a short trigger in addition to the standard trigger, creating a total of six different combinations a user can choose from to find the best fit.
What is also interesting about the P250 is that the owner can easily swap between four different calibers: 9mm, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. All of this is accomplished with a single receiver.
Cohen stressed that no single gun can fit all people well. As the P250 is not a “single gun,” it allows “the dealer to adapt it to your requirement,” he said. The P250 offers “a suitcase of options” that “lets you change caliber and size at will.”
Cohen said the P250 has a six pound double action trigger with a crisp break. Pinchot stressed that the trigger does not have an unbearable long pull, rather the P250 has a smooth trigger with a quick reset.
Cohen promised “There is no compromise on quality, accuracy, or safety.” Yet, Cohen said the MSRP on the P250 is “around $650,” which makes it one of the least expensive guns Sig Sauer has brought to market. MSRP on SIG’s website lists it at $699.
SIG Announces Two-Tone P250
SIG SAUER announced a new model of P250: a two tone version with a black frame and a stainless slide.
The P250 is a polymer framed semi-automatic pistol that is “modular” in design. The fire control unit sits inside the frame, and can be removed to be inserted into another frame. This allows a single serial numbered part (the actual “gun”) to be configured in one of numerous different ways: different calibers, frame sizes, barrel lengths, etc.
The new SIG P250 adds the option of having a two-tone look for the gun. The frames are all black polymer, though other colors like flat dark earth and olive drab green are certainly possible. The slide is steel with a matte stainless steel finish. The pistol is available in 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and the big bore .45 ACP.
This two-tone version of the gun is available in the full size, compact and subcompact configurations. This allows the shooter to keep that same clean look no matter what size fits their needs. Nice.
The SIG P250 has a double action only trigger (DAO), which is different than the striker fired system found on many polymer pistols like those from Glock and Springfield Armory.
MSRP on the guns is $655. Expect to pony up additional cash should you want to swap between different calibers and frame sizes.
Update March 2012: The two-tone P250 has been dropped from the SIG SAUER line. Although duo-tone guns tend to be popular with many people, it would seem that this version was not attracting enough sales to make it a viable product in the line. Many other versions of the P250 are still available from SIG, including a version with diamond plating on the slide. This will give the shooter a stainless steel finish, but with the texture more commonly associate with truck tool boxes. I guess there are a lot of shooters who like that kind of thing.
Federal Air Marshals & the P250
In the fall of 2009, the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) announced the SIG Sauer P250 as the new duty gun for their agents. Chambered in the highly potent .357 Sig cartridge, the FAMS upgraded to the P250 from the SIG Sauer P229. Specifics of the contract were not released by FAMS.
However, in April of 2014, Robert Bray, the director of the Federal Air Marshal Service resigned from that agency amid allegations of illegal gun sales going on during his watch. According to Fox News:
“Poulos [an FAMS supervisor] is accused of using the agency’s federal firearms license and his relationship with gun manufacturer Sig Sauer (sic) to obtain discounted and free guns. He then provided them to high-up agency officials for their personal use..”
According to the same Fox News report, US Representative Richard Hudson (NC) claimed in a letter that:
an Air Marshal supervisor “may have accepted free firearms that were offered because of the employee’s official position in 2010, at a time when such firearms were being tested by FAMS for possible future procurement.”
SIG SAUER representatives declined a request from GunsHolstersAndGear.com to comment on the matter.
Update – October 2014
The P250 pistols have been a very lackluster line of handguns. Many shooters don’t care much for them, and they have failed to catch on in the law enforcement industry. This is too bad as the guns are actually pretty nice shooters.
In 2014, SIG announced the P320 pistols at the SHOT Show. These new guns are striker-fired versions of the P250 handguns. According to many people who have shot the P320, the guns run well but do not offer any tangible benefits to law enforcement agencies or private shooters. I am not aware of any police department that has transitioned to the new P320 guns.
It will be interesting to see if SIG makes any announcements about the P250 or the P320 at the 2015 SHOT Show.