One of the secrets of the Sig Sauer line of pistols is the Sig Pro SP2022, a variant of the SP2009. It contains a polymer frame to keep the cost down and for the gun to be lightweight and compact. In fact, France actually acquired 250,000 of the SP2022 handguns for law enforcement and other security agencies. Must be a good gun.
Being in the market for a new pistol the past few weeks, I ran down to the local gun shop one Sunday afternoon to take a look at their inventory. I intended to come out with a .40 caliber Sig Sauer in my hands. Either a P226 or P228 or something equivalent. I’m a very impulse buyer. When I see something or want something, I like to have it in my possession right now.
Looking through Sherwood’s Guns inventory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, I found a great deal on a Sig Sauer SP2022. After getting it out of the case and feeling how light the gun was, I knew this would be the gun I would purchase. It felt comfortable in my hand, it looked great and it was made by a Grade A firearms company.
One thing that I kept asking myself was “How have I not heard of this gun before?.” I hear gun enthusiasts talk about the Sig Sauer P226 all the time. I also finished reading American Sniper with the now famous Chris Kyle who is America’s most deadliest sniper. He uses the standard issue P228. So I guess the SP2022 is one pistol that just slipped under the radar for me and some other people I have talked with.
I ended up walking out with the SP2022 9mm version for $400.
Now for some technical details on the Sig Sauer SP2022:
The SP2022 9mm is a semi-automatic pistol created by SIG and J.P. Sauer & Sohn. Its father pistol, the SP2340 was originally developed as a .40 caliber gun in 1998. A year later, the SP2009 was introduced as a 9mm followed by the modified version called the SP2022 in 2002.
One of the other things that sold me on this gun was the ease of ability to reach all the mechanisms. While holding the gun in one hand you can easily reach the large slide release, the de-cocking lever, trigger and magazine release. Also, it’s very hard to see in the photos, but there’s a small notch that raises on top of the slide to let you know if it’s loaded or not. This is a very nice safety feature that the P226 does not have.
As you can see in the photo above the gun looks almost identical to its other family of pistols such as the P226 and P228. It actually has some features that I believe are much better. It comes with the Picatinny rail which allows for more versatility with universal accessories such as lights or lasers. You can also add a threaded barrel to allow for a detachable suppressor.
Once the magazine of 15 rounds has been loaded you can now shoot the pistol in double action mode. After the first shot in DA mode, the gun will will re-cock itself and you can shoot in single action mode. The standard magazine has holes down the backside that allows you to see how much ammo is in your magazine.
The sights on the SP2022 are very good. They are easy to see, very clear and can line up well. All I need now is a SureFire light for added sight.
Some other notable specifications include:
If you are in the market for a 9mm or .40 caliber pistol for home protection or for sport shooting and don’t want to spend $1000 on a pistol, I recommend the Sig Sauer SP2022. It’s lightweight, has many great features and comes with a low price tag and big brand name.