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GUNS Magazine January 2011 - Page 40

he P250 pistol has generated quite a bit of interest since its introduction here a few years ago, and SIG SAUER continues to advance the concept. It’s presently available in compact- to full-size configurations, and in a range of four calibers including 9mm Luger, .357 SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. This year alone, we’ve seen two distinctly new variations of the P250 offered. One is a manual safety version, its ambidextrous levers mounted at the rear of the frame. Initially, it was developed upon the request of a Peruvian agency, but will be appreciated by us old traditionalists who just grew up expecting semiautomatic pistols to have manual thumb safeties. It will also appeal to those at risk of being disarmed. On-safe pistols have a history of confusing those who snatch them and try to murder the legitimate owners. For long enough, said original owner has more time to rectify the problem. The other big news in the P250 T Massad Ayoob Photos: Gail Pepin & Joseph Novelozo line is the subject of this article: the 2SUM, so called because it is basically two guns sold as one. Well, make that two potential handguns sold as one, since between them, there is only one fire-control mechanism. What is unique about the P250 platform is not only that it is modular, but also the heart of the beast is a serial-numbered, hammerand-trigger assembly, which legally constitutes the gun itself. This assembly sits inside the chassis of a polymer pistol frame, which the company calls a grip shell. It takes a paradigm shift for us old gun geezers to wrap our heads around this disembodied hammer-trigger linkage The SIG P250 2SUM features a polymer grip shell with the firing mechanism—which is the serial numbered part—removeable for use in a compact version. Shown is the full-size version. Photo: Joseph R. Novelozo. 40 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JANUARY 2011

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