The large-frame P220, originally available in 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP, was one of Sig Sauer’s first handguns imported into the U.S. Since then, it has only been produced in .45 ACP and has a single-column magazine with a standard capacity of eight rounds. But now Sig Sauer has unleashed the large-frame P227, which is also chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge but has a staggered, flush-fit magazine that holds 10 cartridges plus one in the chamber for a total capacity of 11 rounds. There is also an extended magazine available that increases the cartridge count to 14+1.

In the upcoming February 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, author William Bell was able to run the 4.4-inch-barreled Nitron variant of the pistol—of three available—through its paces. According to Bell, “A cursory inspection of the exterior of the pistol revealed Sig’s renowned excellent workmanship—there were no tool marks or blemishes on any metal surface. The Nitron finish on the slide and the anodizing on the receiver were well done.”

How about its accuracy? Did the larger grip fit Bell’s hands well, making the P227 more conducive for long strings of fire? To find out more about the big-bore Sig P227 and see how it fared at the range, check out the February 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally October 29, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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