For the purposes of this article, SIGARMS kindly supplied me with a SP2022 pistol in 9mm to evaluate for POLICE Magazine. While I have not had a great deal of experience with SIG pistols, I found the 2022 was extremely well balanced and pointed naturally. The DA trigger pull was one of the better ones I've felt on a pistol in some time, while the SA had a crisp let off after some initial take up. I was also impressed that the magazine release button can be swapped from port to starboard so as to accommodate southpaw officers.
The SP2022 features SIGARMS' Four-Point Safety System, which consists of (1) a patented automatic firing pin block, (2) a decocking lever, (3) a safety intercept notch on the hammer, and (4) a trigger bar disconnector.
Magazines fell free when the catch was depressed, and the mag well's wide mouth made reloads fast and fumble free. While my pistol came fitted with large grips, I exchanged these for the smaller size as it just felt better in my hand. With nothing left to examine, my friend Butch Simpson and I headed out to the range to see how the SP2022 performed.On the Range
Our test ammo consisted of premium JHP loadings from Cor-Bon, Remington, Black Hills, and Winchester. Out of curiosity I brought along my chronograph to see what kind of velocities we were getting out of the SP2022. For the offhand shooting segment of our test firing, Safariland provided me with one of the company's Model 5181 paddle holsters.
When fired from a rest, the SP2022 produced some very respectable five-round groups. It was obvious from the get-go that this SIG was capable of providing more then just acceptable accuracy. In fact, it proved to be a tack driver with ammo it liked, as is evident from the nice 1.75-inch group fired with Winchester's Ranger +P+ Law Enforcement load.
After chronographing the various loads, Butch and I ran the SP2022 through a series of offhand drills on a pair of D-1 targets at five, 10, and 15 yards, firing the pistol both supported and unsupported. As can be seen in the photos of the 50-something rounds we each fired, all of them impacted inside the targets' X and 10 rings. Of special note was the finger rest on the magazine floor plate, which allows a full, four-finger grip on the pistol, greatly enhancing recoil control.
Recoil control, even with the hot +P loads, was extremely above average, and I was able to fire follow-up shots quickly and accurately aided by the large and easy-to-see sights. Reliability-for an out-of-the-box pistol-was excellent. I did not experience a single failure to feed, fire, or eject out of approximately 300 rounds expended. The D-1 targets ended the day with a large number of holes in their higher scoring regions and the SIG performed flawlessly with cartridges of widely varying bullet shapes, weights, and velocities.
The SP2022's performance left little room for criticism. It would seem that SIG's new "plastic pistol" would make a very practical service sidearm for either uniformed or undercover officers.
- Caliber: 9mm Para/.357 SIG/.40 S&W
- Overall length: 7.4 inches
- Barrel length: 3.9 inches
- Weight (unloaded): 29.9 ounces
- Finish: Nitron
- Height: 5.7 inches
- Width: 1.4 inches
- Magazine capacity: 15/12/12 rounds
- Sights: front: Blade with white dot rear: Square notch with white bar
- Special features: Stainless steel slide and polymer frame; interchangeable grip panels; reversible magazine release; one piece, modular fire control unit for DA/SA or DAO trigger pulls; night sights (optional); two-tone slide (optional); spare magazine; carrying box and lock
- Price: $640
Paul Scarlata has served as an auxiliary police officer and is a frequent contributor to POLICE.