The SIG P227 made a welcome appearance at the 2013 Media Day event ahead of the SHOT Show. Â Like several of the other guns you’ll see here, we were able to spend some time shooting this gun and talking to the SIG Sauer reps about the pistol. Â I’ll save you the suspense in this review: Â this gun is a winner.
The concept of the P227 was to put the big bore .45 ACP cartridge into the same size gun as the company’s very popular P226. Â The P226 is a duty size pistol with double stack magazines chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. Â SIG Sauer already makes a number of .45 caliber handguns, including the classic P220. Â But none of them are the P226. Â This pistol is an attempt to match the cartridge to that gun. Â Presumably to avoid confusion, the company elected to use a new model designation.
The P227 maintains the same size and overall layout of the P226, but manages to pack ten rounds of the classic round into each magazine. Â Extended magazines that hold 14 rounds will also be available for sale. Â ByÂ comparisonÂ most of the P220 pistols only hold eight rounds. Â I did get to see the extended magazines, which add about an inch to the bottom of the gun. Â They did not alter the grip. Â Unfortunately I did not get to shoot a P227 with them.
I did, however, get to shoot a P227 that was equipped with a threaded barrel. Â A threaded barrel option is not currently listed in the SIG Sauer catalog, but expect to see it offered soon from the company. Â The gun I shot was the traditional double-action/single-action pistol.
The gun shot very well and was very accurate. Â I found that recoil was slightly more than the duty P226 I am issued in .40 S&W, which surprised me a little bit. Â However, it was still veryÂ controllable. Â Bullets went right where I aimed the pistol. Â I always thought the .40 recoiled more compared to a .45 in the same type of pistol. Â To me, this did not appear to be the case with the P227.
The trigger pull was what I have come to expect from SIG’s DA/SA guns. The first trigger pull is relatively long and heavy, but very smooth and easy to master. Â The subsequent, single-action pulls are short and crisp. Â There were no surprises here.
I shot a few of the standard magazines through the gun, and watched as others did the same. Â I neither experienced nor observed any malfunctions with the gun. Â Although this is exceptionally good, it is what I have come to expect out of a SIG Sauer handgun.
The P227 is made with the E2-type enhancements that were introduced to the P226 a few years back. Â That means reaching the trigger is easier than on the older generations of P226. Â I first wrote about the E2 enhancements here in 2010. Â I later did a follow up review of the P226 with the same enhancements here.
Ultimately, the P227 doesn’t offer any surprises. Â If you like the P226, you should like this gun. Â If you don’t care for the P226, you are not likely to want one of these. Â It appears to be a high-quality firearm, chambered for the .45, yet will fit the majority of existing holsters designed for the P226.
MSRP will run from $993 to $1,125 depending on the version and options ordered. Â Street prices should be much lower. Â I hope to get a P227 for a more in depth review later this year.
Ed. Note – Later during the SHOT Show, I got to the SIG Sauer booth and found the threaded barrel P227 being marketed with an extended magazine as a Tactical model. Â This version is still not listed in the company’s catalog, but will likely be a popular choice for anyone who would like to protect their hearing or has a need for more stealthy endeavors. Â I could easily see a phosphate coated version being sold to the US Navy SEALs. Â It would be an easy transition for them from the P226, and would get them a .45 caliber side arm.
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