I had the opportunity last weekend to spend a good deal of time and ammo shooting a friend’s new Sig Sauer SP2022 in 9mm. The model tested was equipped with SigLite sights, retails for $566.00 and was purchased at Academy Sports & Outdoors for $499.99. The SP2022 has a 3.9″ barrel, 4.4 lb trigger pull in single-action and 10.0 lb in double-action, 15-round magazine capacity in 9mm (12-round in 40S&W). The frame and slide are similar to most polymer-frame pistols, but where the SP2022 stands out from the standard Glock and Springfield XD(m) offerings is that it comes standard with a SA/DA (single-action/double-action) trigger group, which can be replaced with a DAO (double-action only) trigger group. I like single-action/double-action pistols because in my opinion it provides for a more precise shooting platform with a lighter single-action pull. In order to get a similar trigger pull in a Glock or XD you must essentially bypass one of the central safety features of the striker-fired pistol design, which is the long, heavy double-action style trigger pull. You also can easily tell when the SP2022 is in single-action mode by looking at or feeling the hammer position, and it also is equipped with a decocker, thereby decreasing the risk of accidental discharge.My initial expectation was for it to be significantly less appealing to shoot than other Sig’s that I have previously shot.
The most recent Sig Sauer pistol that I have owned was a P229 Elite Stainless which was a dream to shoot, especially with Sig’s SRT (Short Reset Trigger). I could not find any information on whether the SP2022 is equipped with the SRT but it does have a very short and crisp reset. To say that I was pleasantly surprised with the SP2022’s shooting dynamics is a severe understatement, aside from the considerable weight difference (40.2 oz for the P229 vs. 29.0 oz for the SP2022) they are almost identical guns to shoot.We had setup several Shoot-N-C targets and several target clay holders at 25-30 yards and I was able to comfortably hit target clays and 4″ targets. Due to weather and the presence of other shooters at the range I was unable to shoot for groups, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to in the next couple weeks. This pistol has fired around 300 rounds of various types of ammo, including Winchester White Box, Tulammo (steel cased) and self-defense rounds for zero check and has had zero malfunctions.
In summary, I would highly recommend the Sig Sauer SP2022 as a full-size carry, training or competition pistol. It is a near perfect combination of affordability and quality, and would be an ideal pistol for a new shooter to learn on. It is safe, simple to operate, affordable and is an accurate and dependable pistol that will present few roadblocks to learning good technique as many cheaper pistols do.
Sig-Sauer look and feel, natural shooting dynamics. Available factory night sights and optional DAO firing mechanism. Smooth, crisp trigger break and short reset make firing quick strings a breeze.
Lower magazine capacity than many newer polymer pistols at 15 rounds for 9mm (compared to 17-19 for Glock, XDm, etc.).
Great reputation, reliable quality and durability.
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