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GUNS Magazine June 2009 - Page 42
Sig’S P250 T Massad Ayoob It is not part and parcel of the gripframe, the way we usually think of a frame or a receiver. Instead, this mechanism — which, legally, “is the gun,” can take on differently sized and shaped grip-frames the way other pistols can take new backstraps or stocks. The folks at SIG call this particular component a “grip shell.” Similarly, barrel/slide assemblies can be changed between compact and service sizes, and even between calibers. It is truly a modular firearm in every sense. The P250’s combined German/ American design team reportedly included Ethan Lessard, Michael Mayerl, Thomas Metzger, and Adrian Thomele. Lessard, based at the SIG facility in Exeter, New Hampshire, is rapidly proving himself one of the most gifted firearms designers of our time. The P250 is offered in 9mm Parabellum (the first chambering ACP he SIG P250 pistol hit Europe in 2004 and the USA a few years later. Its big claim to fame is it takes modular design to a new level. The fire control mechanism hangs together as a “receiver,” serial numbered as such and treated as such by both SIG SAUER and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. introduced), .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP. This particular test revolves around possibly the first .45 ACP P250 serial number EAD013281. It’s a 2-tone pistol, black polymer bottom and stainless steel top and the barrel measured 3.9". Its 9-round magazine is “blind” in that it has no holes through which to visually count the number of cartridges therein. Fully charged, the magazine only has a little bit of flex in the magazine spring under the follower and the cartridge stack, which means you want to give it a healthy slap into the magazine well to make sure it seats if you load with the slide in the forward position. Our sample had only one, uh, grip shell, stippled front and back, and on both sides, feeling a little like not-toocoarse skateboard tape. The trigger was standard-reach, a short-reach trigger is also available. I haven’t tried the shorty on the .45, which is a little bigger than the other three calibers, but on the 9mm and the .40 it was literally a little too short for my average adult male-size fingers. On the .45, the standard trigger fit my hand close to perfectly, which means it allowed the long bones of the forearm to align directly behind the barrel while the first joint of the index finger could reach the trigger. This was good, because all P250s are double-action-only guns. Pull weight is specified by the factory at 5.5 to 6 pounds. On my Lyman digital trigger scale from Brownells, mine went just over 7 pounds when pulled from the toe of the trigger, and more like 7-1/2 when pulled from the center, where a pivoting trigger gives Steve Denney demonstrates controllability of P250 in rapid fire with .45 hardball. Arrows show three spent casings in mid-air, but the muzzle is still on target. The grip configuration distributes .45 ACP recoil comfortably to the shooter’s hand. A spent .45 hull rockets toward the camera lens as Mas shoots the P250 off the MTM pistol rest. 42 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2009