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Sig Sauer pistols are extremely popular with both law enforcement and military customers—and for good reason. These guns are built tough, have incredibly reliability and exhibit outstanding accuracy. The company also offers a full line of subcompact pistols to serve the needs of the concealed carry market, including a few true pocket pistols.

P232 & P250

Those with a fondness for classic pistols or old James Bond films will likely be attracted to the Sig P232, which borrows the classic lines of the Walther PP as well as its fixed-barrel accuracy and semi-auto blowback operation. Still, the P232 is not a Walther and offers its own unique and improved design while keeping the classic .380 ACP chambering. The single-stack seven-round magazine contributes to this gun’s slim profile, and Sig has smoothed out any rough edges for an easy, snag-free draw.

The pistol operates in the traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA) mode with no external thumb safety. Instead, Sig has added their trademark decocker and a convenient takedown lever for maintenance. The smooth, 10-pound double-action trigger squeeze for the first round provides a good level of safety while also allowing for a fumble-free fast first shot.

Of course, for those who prefer a more modern design, it’s hard to beat the innovative and award-winning Sig P250 series of pistols. This completely modular polymer pistol only serializes the internal steel frame and fire control unit so that one gun can be easily converted from full-size to subcompact in a range of calibers for any need. The grip frame, slide, barrel and magazine can all be changed by the user, turning one gun into many. In the subcompact category, there is the P250 Subcompact, which can be had in 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.

This double-action-only (DAO) pistol has all the advantages of a polymer frame in terms of low weight, corrosion resistance and durability, and adds a fully ambidextrous magazine release and slide stop/release.

The slick design is also snag-proof and quick to draw from concealment. The P250 Subcompact offers a 12-round capacity in 9mm, 10 rounds in .40 S&W and six rounds in hard-hitting .45 ACP. Keeping the same dimensions but reducing the weight by more than 5 ounces, the P250 Subcompact in .380 ACP provides a 12+1 capacity and lower recoil.

New P224

The new P224 combines the same hammer-fired reliability of the P229 but in a miniscule package for backup or concealed carry. Still, the P224 remains a full-power semi-auto with chamber offerings in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. Its capacity is 11+1 in 9mm and 10+1 in the remaining calibers. Higher-capacity, newer-model P229 magazines will also function in the P224, giving it even greater versatility.

The operation for the P224 is identical to that of the P229, so users already comfortable with the design will have an easier transition. The P224 also features several innovations including a lightweight alloy frame. The P224 is a DAO, but Sig also offers its double-action-Kellerman (DAK) trigger as an option, as well as a short-reset trigger (SRT) DA/SA version. The DAK trigger design provides a lighter trigger squeeze than that found on the standard double-action model and adds an intermediate reset point with a higher trigger weight. If the trigger is allowed to return to its full reset point, then the trigger pull remains the same. The short intermediate reset is intended to help resolve the problem of short-stroking the trigger, which can occur under stress.

The SAS model features a dehorned slide and frame for true snag-free convenience and ease. The P224 also includes full-sized SIGLITE night sights for fast target acquisitions.

The P290 is a polymer-framed semi-auto 9mm with 6+1 capacity. Designed from the ground up as a concealed carry handgun, the P290 features DAO operation and a lightweight, snag-free design. It also includes removable grip panels that can be replaced with wood or aluminum for a personalized look and feel.

The P290 also features a fully usable slide stop and full-sized night sights as standard. This is also Sig’s smallest and most compact pistol, besting even their offerings in .380 ACP.

One version is also available with an integrated laser module that attaches under the frame in front of the triggerguard with easy, ambidextrous push-button activation.

A full-sized 1911 isn’t exactly conducive to pocket carry, but the Sig P238—based on that same classic design—sure is. Inspired by the 1911’s smooth lines and method of operation, the P238 is an ultra-compact, all-metal semi-auto chambered in .380 ACP and offering a 6+1 capacity.

The Sig P938 features almost the same weight and only slightly larger dimensions, but it’s chambered in the more-powerful 9mm for the ultimate in pocket protection. Like the P238, the P938 is directly inspired by the classic 1911 pistol and is available in a variety of finishes and grip options. This pistol can also be had with an ambidextrous safety and a higher-capacity magazine. All told, if Sig Sauer made watches, they would be Rolex. If they made cars, they would be Mercedes. Thankfully for American shooters, they make guns. Incredibly dependable, durable, reliable and innovative guns. For more information, visit sigsauer.com or call 603-772-2302.

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