SIG Sauer SP2022

Description

The Sig Sauer SP2022 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W. The SP2022 is part of SIG’s Pro Series, a sort of economical polymer series with features that include interchangeable grips and a Picatinny rail molded to the frame.

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Specifications

9mm
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Textured
Capacity:10
15
Sights:Contrast sights
SIGLITE night sights
Features:Accessory rail; and interchangeable grips
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Medium
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Slide Material:Steel/nitron
Frame Material:Black Polymer
Website:http://www.sigsauer.…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Trigger Pull:4.4(SA) 10(DA) pounds
Barrel Length:3.9"
Length:7.4"
Height:5.7"
.40 S&W
Caliber:.40 S&W
Grip:Textured
Capacity:10
12
Sights:Contrast sights
SIGLITE night sights
Features:Accessory rail; and interchangeable grips
Action:Semi-auto
Size:Medium
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Slide Material:Steel/nitron
Frame Material:Black Polymer
Website:http://www.sigsauer.…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Trigger Pull:4.4(SA) 10(DA) pounds
Barrel Length:3.9"
Length:7.4"
Height:5.7"
MSRP$494.00

Editor Review

à la mode

The French have always had good taste. Taste in art, food, wine, mustaches, and guns. I say guns because back in 2002 the French Police chose SIG to be their carry weapon until 2022 - the SIG SP2022 that is. With the perfect balance of price and quality, it’s the hidden gem of polymer-framed pistols.



What makes the SP2022 unique?

The biggest difference between the SP2022 and other moderately priced polymers is it is hammer fired instead of striker fired. Some of the public favorites are striker-fired: Glocks, S&W M&Ps, Springfield XDMs, and even other SIGs, but the premium pistols like Heckler & Koch, which cost more than $1000, are hammer fired. And that’s what the SP2022 resembles most – a HK USP. It’s got kind of a square shape to it but with rounded edges, fixed sights and, overall, a rather bulky design. In addition, it features a double/single-action trigger and a de-cocker.

But how does SIG make it so inexpensive?

Unlike the SIG P229- something the SP2022 resembles – Pro Series models have an all-polymer frame, the guide rod is also polymer, and the construction is very economical overall.

One could tell just by field stripping it. On the SP2022, the slide lock has to be pushed out by depressing a notch on the right side of the gun and, depending on how new the gun is, it can be rather difficult and may require a bit of force. Reassembly can be tedious as well. The pin needs to slip through and catch the barrel so everything locks together. It can take a few minutes. Just to compare, the P229 comes apart with the flip of a switch and a pull of the slide.



Also, I’m not sure if this merits this section, but it doesn’t have a manual safety. For the most part, the safety is supposed to be the double-action trigger. And because of that attribute several reviewers say this is a great home defense gun, but I beg to differ. I’m sure the officers and soldiers who carry the SP2022 are able to use it without a hitch, but if it were to be placed on a nightstand – a place it could be, I don’t know, knocked off and fall to the floor - a safety switch would be ideal because it gives visual assurance. It is built to be ready to use like a Glock or XDM, but those guns have trigger safeties meaning the only way it can discharge is if the trigger is pulled. The SP2022’s design does include an automatic firing pin block, which prevents the firing pin from punching forward if a hammer doesn’t strike, but I’m too big of a wuss to load it and toss it to the ground as a test.



Its polymer guide rod takes away credibility for durability. However, there are some premium SIGs that also use a polymer guide rod and rarely muster a negative comment. Be that as it may, many suggest replacing the polymer rod with a steel one to, if anything, restore confidence. On top of that, a steel guide rod will add extra weight to front and reduce muzzle flip.



Performance

The model I used was chambered in .40 S&W, three-dot sights, and still had the polymer guide rod. I borrowed the gun from my uncle Rudy and we went out to the local gun club – a beautiful 10-acre plot with a pistol range, tactical course, rifle range and skeet range. We went out mid-afternoon when the sun was still bright, but the low enough so we could shoot in the shade.

The first target we set up, in the end looked like I sprayed it with birdshot from 100 feet. But when we tried to actually group our shots at 30 feet and we got an average of group of 2”.

At first glance, the texture on the grip looks similar to sandpaper, but it didn’t tear up my hand like I thought it would. I think that’s because the recoil wasn’t that harsh.



That day we put 400 rounds through it without a problem. However, I’ve seen in forums and other reviews folks talking about that polymer guide rod. One gentleman said his snapped on him after 300 rounds and others having a problem with jamming. I’m not sure if this information is applicable to every SP2022, but it is something to note.

The Verdict

For the price the quality is top-notch. But the one thing that bugs me is the missing safety lever. If anything, I’d like it there for looks.

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