Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
I’m a big fan of my SIG Sauer P238. I carry it more than any other firearm I own. It was my first SIG firearm, but I knew it wouldn’t be my last. Consequently, I’m also a big fan of diamond plate. As a matter of fact, I have my basement decorated with diamond plate accents, and at one time I even had personal checks with the design. I don’t know why I am so attracted to diamond plate … maybe because it’s shiny and I have the attention span of a gnat? When I happened upon a picture of a SIG Sauer P250 Modular Pistol in diamond plate finish, I couldn’t wait to try one.
The SIG® P250 Diamond Plate pistol has the following features:
- Comes in 9mm
- Double action only
- Trigger pull = 5.5 – 6.5 pounds
- Barrel length = 3.9 inches
- Magazine capacity = 15 rounds
- SIGLITE® night-sights
- Interchangable polymer grips
- Accessory rail
- Grip size and calibers are interchangeable
- MSRP = $667
Double action dread
I should mention that I avoid purchasing double-action-only firearms, but the diamond plate design on the P250 made me reconsider my rigid stance. My aversion to double-action-only pistols began 15 years ago when my agency switched from double action/single action to a straight double action only. The first time I fired the double-action-only firearm, we practiced about 150-200 rounds before shooting a qualification. By the last five rounds of a 50-round qualification, I didn’t have the strength to pull the trigger. I qualified, but I still have episodic nightmares detailing a life or death situation requiring me to fire my weapon and I can’t pull the trigger back to its break point, no matter how hard I try. Still, even with the scars of my first double-action-only pistol, I decided to try out the SIG P250; after all, it has half the trigger weight compared to my last one.
The first thing that I noticed wile shooting the SIG P250 is that I haven’t shot a double-action firearm in a long time! I know this because I didn’t shoot very well. This made me realize that perhaps my firearms inventory needs a double-action-only pistol. The benefit of having such a firearm is similar to the benefits one gets with dummy rounds — it exposes a shooter’s bad habits and also amplifies weaknesses. I noticed in myself an overall lack of patience, and at times, anticipation of recoil. I was surprised that after not firing a double-action-only pistol in about a decade, it forced me to revisit my shooting fundamentals.
Caliber X-Change Kits
SIG’s P250 is modular, and it’s quite different from the classic line of SIG pistols. Although I have not purchased or tested any of the conversion kits, I plan on doing so in the future. SIG sells the P250 Caliber X-Change Kit for the P250 for $285. It allows you to disassemble the pistol and reassemble it with the X-Change Kit’s barrel/slide assembly, grip module and magazine. Kits are available in full, compact or subcompact in 9mm, .357SIG, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
Each kit contains these features:
• Slide (Nitron® finish only)
• Grip module assembly
• Recoil spring and guide
• SIGLITE® night sights
• Magazine included
Easy take down and conversion
I found it refreshing that the SIG P250 tears down without the use of any tools. The installation of the conversion kit appears much more simple than the take down of SIG’s classic line pistol. In order to convert the P250 to another size, you execute a basic cleaning take down, followed by removal of the take-down lever. After that, removal of the internal parts is as simple as manipulating the hammer and pulling them out. The internal parts are self-contained and come out as one piece. SIGs aren’t typically the easiest of all pistols to tear down, so the P250 was a pleasant surprise.
If you have ever completely torn down one of SIG’s classic pistols, you probably know that it can be challenging at first! I was certified as a SIG classic pistol armorer last week. It was one of the more complex armorers’ courses I have taken. My struggles were due in part to the fact that this course is typically a two-day course, and I did in one. Still, SIG’s classic pistols require the use of several specialized tools to completely tear them down. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I never enjoy taking a hammer to my firearms, even though it is frequently necessary. The ability to convert the P250 without any tools, and with such ease, is a vast improvement and I look forward to purchasing a conversion kit.
Even though I detest shooting double-action-only pistols, I confess SIG’s P250 Diamond Plate won me over. The ease in take down and conversion further sold me on this product. After experiencing the P250, I am not surprised that it received two Golden Bull’s Eye Awards from the National Rifle Association in 2009.
Sara Ahrens’ Offbeat is sponsored by Armed in Stilettos.