SIG Sauer P250

By Dave Spaulding - Last updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - Save & Share - 24 Comments

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Summary: Dave Spaulding’s review of and rating for the SIG Sauer P250 pistol, including a range report and SIG’s specs and photos and user ratings and comments. (Click here to see all Spaulding’s handgun reviews.)

Editor’s Review

The full size model, in black.

Whatever the reason, finding a single handgun that will fit wide range of hand sizes poses a real problem. Several gun manufacturers attempt to address this issue by offering semi-auto pistols with interchangeable back straps on the grip.

SIG Sauer‘s P250 not only features changeable grips, it also offers interchangeable frame sizes, grip configurations, slide assemblies, barrel lengths and calibers. SIG’s gun not only can be sized to fit a wide variety of individuals, but also different missions. A law enforcement agency, for example, can set it up for uniform patrol, SWAT, plainclothes/off-duty or deep-cover ops in just a few moments.

Trigger Action
The entire weapon platform is based around the trigger assembly, also called a receiver or chassis. The trigger assembly contains the weapon s serial number, which is displayed through a slot cut into each frame. This assembly inserts into the frame and is held in place by the takedown lever and a notch molded into the rear of the frame at the grip tang. It takes just a few seconds to field strip the gun and remove the receiver. This assembly is available in both a standard length and, for those with small hands or short fingers, a short-reach trigger.

The trigger action is a true double-action only (DAO), which requires the same long, consistent manipulation for each press and release, which both cocks and releases the hammer. The P250 isn’t a striker-fired weapon, but hammer-fired, which many authorities feel is a more reliable ignition system. Some won t like this as it slows your ability to shoot quickly. However, SIG-SAUER Academy Director George Harris believes this DAO trigger action may be a blessing in disguise.

Many folks try to shoot faster than their ability to do so, Harris told me in a recent phone call. Of course this results in misses at a time when they might not be able to afford a miss. A longer trigger action will require slowing down and concentrating on their shooting, which in the end will result in more hits. Any trigger action can be dealt with via proper training and the P250 is no different. True enough!

While I admit I don’t like long triggers, the one on my test P250 was quite smooth, making trigger control easier to accomplish. It took me about 50 rounds before I stopped my tendency to short stroke the follow up trigger action. However, once I got the hang of it, I was able to string together shot-to-shot times, with accurate hits, in the .25- to .28-second time frame. No, my time won t win any competitions, but this gun isn’t intended for that. The SIG P250 is a service pistol for moderately trained law enforcement officers and military personnel for close-quarter defense. In that regard, the P250 will serve quite well.

Frame Fits for All

The varied P-250 frame sizes are best called full, compact and subcompact with proportionate slide and barrel lengths. My test gun was the P250 C model, which is the mid-size or compact version. The first thing I noticed when I took the P250 from its box was that the slightly curved back strap grip fit my small hands quite well. This isn’t surprising because SIG put a great deal of research into the grip configuration.

The company surveyed nearly 30,000 people to obtain a sense of what shape grip would give the P250 its best pointing characteristics. The final production frame(s) possess traits the company found via this research. The C (compact) grip is long enough that my pinky finger doesn t hang off the bottom while my trigger finger rests squarely on the trigger just forward of the first knuckle. That said, I would opt for the short trigger assembly.

My gun was a pleasant-looking two-tone with a brushed stainless-steel slide on top of a black polymer-like frame (a black slide is available, too). The frame is made of a secret proprietary material SIG claims isn t a polymer like other companies use. The slide actually rides on steel rails, which are part of the trigger chassis, not the composite-material frame. The frame is quite strong and should offer a long service life.

SIG Sauer P250 C nitron

The compact model in black.

The subcompact twotone.

The bottom of the grip frame has half-moon indentations on each side. This is more important than many officers realize. These indentations permit a shooter to rip the magazine from the gun without locking the slide open in the event of the dreaded double-feed malfunction. Just push the magazine-release button, grasp the bottom of the magazine and pull. Once this is accomplished, work the slide to eject any garbage from the chamber, simplifying what may be a complex problem in the middle of a fight. The frame’s dust cover, like that on many modern pistols, features a molded picatinny rail for adding lights and lasers to the gun, freeing an officer s support hand to help shoot.

Extra Features

Many law enforcement administrators and shooters will appreciate that the P250 is completely ambidextrous. Slide-lock levers on both sides of the trigger assembly extend out and over each side of the frame. The magazine-release button switches to either the right or left side in just a few seconds, making it available to either the thumb or index finger of either hand, depending on which method the shooter uses.

The test gun came equipped with SIG-Lite night sights securely dovetailed into the slide. These sights are quite bright and highly visible in both daylight and low-light environments. The sights come in variable heights to fit an individual shooter s point of aim/point of impact.

My test gun was a 9mm, but the P250 also is offered in .40 SW and .357 SIG. Is it possible to have a subcompact in 9mm and a full-size gun in .357 SIG? You bet! The slide and barrel will fit the frame assemblies and magazines for each caliber. The P250 in .45 ACP doesn’t interchange with the others, however.

Test Results
I tested the P250 using a number of 9mm loads proven to work on the street in actual police shootings. I tested these loads off-hand at 50 feet by firing five-round groups in a semi-slow fire mode (for example, as fast as I could reset the trigger and get the sights on the desired point of aim, keeping George Harris admonition in mind). Each load was tested for velocity by firing five rounds across the screen of a Shooting Chrony chronograph located 15 feet from the gun s muzzle and averaging them.

The results:

I then spent an afternoon shooting several hundred rounds of various full-metal jacket and hollow-point loads through the P250 with only a few minor problems. First, the single magazine supplied with the test gun would not take its full complement of 15 rounds. After loading the magazine several times, this problem went away.

Second, in the test’s beginning, the gun had difficulty chambering several of the hollow-point loads. But like the magazine, this problem went away after a few rounds were fired. To be fair, this isn’t an unusual problem with many semiauto pistols. It’s always a good idea to shoot enough rounds through the gun to ensure it will function flawlessly with the type or style of ammo you carry.

Conclusion
In the end, the SIG P250 is a reliable duty-grade pistol, which will go a long way toward satisfying the needs of a large number of law enforcement agencies around the world.

Dave SpauldingDave Spaulding is a 28-year law-enforcement veteran, retiring at the rank of lieutenant. He’s worked in all facets of law enforcement—corrections, communications, patrol, evidence collection, investigations, undercover operations, training and SWAT. He currently operates Handgun Combatives, a handgun-combat training program, and he’s authored more than 800 articles for various firearm and law enforcement periodicals. In 2010 Spaulding received the Law Officer Trainer of the Year award, and he’s also the author of the best-selling books Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives.

The Specs

Size Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Width Height Weight
Full 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 SW, .45 ACP 17+1 (9mm), 14+1 (.40 SW and .357), 10+1 (.45 ACP) 4.7″ 8″ 1.4″ 5.5″ 29.4 oz.
Compact 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 SW, .45 ACP 15+1 (9mm), 13+1 (.40 SW and .357), 9+1 (.45 ACP) 3.9″ 7.2″ 1.3″ 5.1″ 25.1 oz.
Subcompact 9mm, .357 SIG, .40 SW, .45 ACP 12+1 (9mm), 10+1 (.40 SW and .357), 6+1 (.45 ACP) 3.6″ 6.7″ 1.1″ 4.7″ 24.9 oz.


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24 Responses to “SIG Sauer P250”

Comment from Jared A
Time January 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I really like the P250, the trigger pull and reset did take a little getting used to but it does make you slow down and take that good shot. Really like the concept of the gun and happy for making the purchase.

Now just need more accessories, especially for left handed people like holsters.

Comment from Lance
Time January 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I have the sub-compact version of the P250 in a 40 caliber. I find it to be a very good conceal carry gun, also very accurate at the range.

Comment from Steve T
Time January 4, 2011 at 8:03 am

I couln’t be happier with a pistol. It feels good in my hands. A comfortable grip is essential. The P250 out of the box is almost right on in comfort. The gun has a nice light weighted feel to it and once you practice enough you will get used to the DAO system. Accuracy is not a problem this pistol will satisfy the most discerning tastes in handguns.

Comment from Dan
Time January 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

I have the P250SC. It shoots like all sigs, accurate and feeds everything from range ammo to denfense ammo. Trigger is the best DAO I have ever used. Smooth as butter. The length of the trigger pull does have to be practiced. Very easily concealable pistol for CCW. X2 Thumbs up!!!

Comment from Tgugs
Time January 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Feels like cheap plastic. Worst trigger ever…Gunwriter accolades but a Sig failure. Pros; prices lower than MSRP due to glut in market.

Comment from Casher
Time January 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

This firearm does it all. I have the P250C with all four calibers! This versatility is unmatched by any firearm on the market. Just like my other Sigs, this one performs like the others. The trigger squeeze takes some training, but one dialed in you are ready for action. Recommend this for any shooter and purpose.

Comment from Bill
Time February 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm

This pistol misses the target in so many ways. Perhaps the only disappointment in the Sig product line. Terrible trigger, poor balance and just an inferior feeling polymer. Everyone makes mistakes including Sig.

Comment from Mel
Time October 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I didn’t think this felt cheap at all. Bought mine – have about 200 rounds through it. I seem to be shooting a little low – but that is my fault for trying to compensate for the slightly longer trigger pull with the DA instead of the traditional Colt SA. I just can’t trust any of the posts that say “sucks” or “worst” without some justification. Hey – if you don’t like the polymar feel, I can accept that (this is my first experience with that) – but IMHO – my experience has been positive so far.

Comment from JRM
Time November 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I got my sig p250c oct29,2011 put 300 rounds through it and all was perfect! I have been shooting at 10,20 and 30 yards with no problem! Today I shot at 55 yards with 165 grn fmj and was right on!!! I am very pleased!!!!!

Comment from C-Delis
Time December 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

This has to be one of the best Sigs to date. We carry the P229 at work and are very reliable. So had to stay with Sig. Picked up my P250 in .40 a week ago, ran 500 rounds through it(FMJ and HP) without and failure to feeds or failure to fire. Feel is great right out of the box. Yes, the DAO trigger does take a bit to get use to, but once you do, your right on target! I use this gun for conceal carry and trust my life to it!

Comment from Mel
Time January 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I love this gun, I have used a Glock 17, 9mm for years and I dearly love it, But i wanted something with more knock down power. The 40 S&W was the answer. I read a lot about the Sig P250 and the interchangeable calibers and frame size caught my eye. I went to a local gun range and rented the P250 and I was hooked, the trigger was at first a little difficult but after 50 or so rounds became as natural as any other pistol I have, just like my 357 double action revolver. If you ar looking for a great reliable gun, I say go for it. You will not be disappointed.

Comment from Clayton
Time February 1, 2012 at 1:10 am

just got mine and I love it after 45 rounds and it feels good in the hand tight clip and the rail on the bottom makes for an easy mount red dot laser. Very Nice Gun!!!

Comment from Karl
Time March 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

I own a Sig P250 compact 40 caliber and I am quite pleased with the overall performance. I don’t mind the longer trigger pull and the DAO feature. It serves well as a carry gun but I would say that magazines are quite expensive and holsters don’t seem to be “out there” in mass but hopefully that is changing. At any rate, I plan to get an IWB holster customer made at a local shop here in NE Ohio, and the price will not break the bank, thankfully.

Comment from Shawn
Time March 24, 2012 at 12:18 am

Its a good shooter, I like the DAO for carry, though I rarely carry it.

Comment from B. Heldt
Time May 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Purchased the pistol, my second, the first being a sa/da 9 mm Makarov. I fired 300 rounds (American Eagle and WPM Russian) right out of the box. Flawless. Accurate as Hell. Fun. Simple. LOVED the Innovative design. Simple breakdown. Long yet VERY smooth and light trigger pull. Not one jam, missfire, stovepipe, etc. At fifteen yards, I had consistent 3″ groupings, and at 20 yards my 15 year old nephew had nearly the same!!

I’ll buy another Sig. This particular weapon has impressed me like no other. My brother has the Ruger P95, as well as a SW MP 40. While firing all 3, we all were uniquely impressed with the Sig. I’ve read a lot of reviews of the P250 both good and bad. Most reviews state that the sights are off, and that others have had issues with the first generation P250 recoil springs. I purchased mine new in 5/12. Great job Sig! Very tight recoil, and easy to stay on target. I have to say I miss the S/A D/A of the Ruger and my other 9 MM Makarov in the shorter reset of the trigger enabling a faster repeat of fire; however, I hardly notice the difference with the feather light trigger pull of the Sig despite the fact that it’s necessary to allow the trigger to fully reset before engaging sequential rounds. Take-down is a breeze literally, and the action of the slide is unlike any other riding solely on 4 stainles steel rails. I’ve not even touched on the ability one has to change out barrels/receivers to convert easily from one caliber to another! This design I understand is realitivly new, and I’m excited about the possibilities.

Hopefully Sig will continue to market the design more, and options will be more readily available. This particular weapon/ design can compete, at least at most levels, with the Glock.

Comment from Jed Henson
Time September 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

I contacted SIG to verify the .45 ACP P250 is NOT interchangeable with the other calibers and received the following verification and explanation from Tim Butler, Pistol Product Manager at SIG:

“While the difference is small, the grip module for any of the .45 ACPs are NOT interchangeable with the 9mm, .40 SW & .357 slide/magazine assemblies. The frame (the serialized component) is the same for all P250s, so while you can take your frame and use it with other combinations, the slides & magazines for .45 ACPs can only be used with a grip module designed for a .45 ACP.”

Comment from Caligula
Time September 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

Good pistol for home defense. However, I couldn’t get past that long trigger pull and equally long reset. You need to really train with this pistol to shoot it well. I traded my compact 40 cal for a Beretta 40 cal PX4 compact and have never looked back.

Comment from Steve
Time November 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

I am a new gun owner but qualified on the .45 1911 model twice a year for twenty years when I was in the military. I bought the full size P250 .45 ACP and overall I like it except for accuracy. I find it hits low, however, I was told sig sights in their guns based on the white dots and not the traditional “pumpkin on the post”. After practicing for a while I was able to start getting some semi tight groups. I have had a couple jams here an d there, nothing major in my opinion. I also find that on those occasions when you put 10 rounds in the magazine the gun has trouble chambering that first round. I normally only load 7 or 8 anyway to make my spring last longer. I don’t think I would buy another P250.

Comment from Wes
Time February 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I picked up the Full size 45 version. Love everything about it. Added a hogue slip on finger groove grip to it & made a world of difference. Well worth the $$ imo

Comment from Mike Denney
Time March 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Love it Sig quality in an affordable price.

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Comment from Abboud tannous
Time December 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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Comment from Fharrell
Time February 16, 2014 at 9:14 pm

My wife was looking for a carry because she leaves work late at night in Houston. I have the .40 P250 so she looked at the sub compact 9mm and bought it. She likes the feel and it is very accurate once she got used to the trigger. It wobbles a little and the feel is obviously not the same as a fine 1911 but the gun serves its purpose. Light, accurate, and simple functions. I love them.

Comment from James A. Burgin
Time April 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

One question if I may: I am thinking of buying a Sig Sauer P250 sub compact and was wondering how I could know whether it was a 1st or 2nd generation product. Obviously, if the 1st generation had problems jamming and the 2nd generation fixed that problem then I would want the 2nd generation. Naturally, I could ask the gun dealer but if he didn’t know then it would help to know the dates of manufacture for these two different generations. Anybody know? Also, I have heard that it sometimes jams when a fully-loaded magazine is inserted. If that’s the case would having one less round in the magazine be the answer? Thanks for any help!

BTW, great review. It really helped!

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