At Shot Show 2012, SIG SAUER will be showcasing the new SIG P224. The SIG P224 is basically a cut down version of the very popular and muy bueno P229. The P224 is a double stack semiautomatic pistol chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. It will initially be offered with SIG’s own double action only trigger system, the DAK (Double Action Kellerman), which is excellent.
I am a big SIG SAUER fan. SIG has a much deserved reputation for being absolutely reliable, deadly accurate, and for making all around rock solid pistols. My first gun was a SIG P228 that I still own and have yet to have a single problem with and after thousands and thousands of rounds. But the P224…I’m not so sure about.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it will be a great shooting, reliable pistol, like most SIG’s. But this gun is clearly aiming for the concealed carry market, and in that regard, I don’t see it being that successful in the civilian market. To me, it has a few disadvantages.
Being an all steel pistol, the SIG P224 weighs over 24 ounces, which in my opinion is quite a lot for a pistol being sold as subcompact. Having said that, a lot of people interested in the P224 don’t mind the extra weight in order to get an all steel frame.
In my opinion, the two dimensions that matter most in concealed carry are height and width (length, to me, matters very little). In these dimensions, the P224 is much larger than the competition.
Using the very popular Glock 26 as comparison, the P224 is 4.7 inches compared the 4.17 inch height of the Glock 26. Width, same story. The P224 is 1.3 inches wide, and the Glock 26 is 1.18 inches. Same number of rounds.
SIG SAUER Guns is reporting that the MSRP of all P224 models are over $1,000! Now I understand that it will sell for quite a bit less, but even in the $800 range, it’s going to have trouble in a market with less expensive, lighter and smaller pistols.
In my opinion, most people would be better suited with a high value single stack pistol for concealed carry like the excellent Kahr CM9 we recently reviewed. But if you’re looking for an all steel concealed carry pistol, and can afford the high price tag, the P224 should be excellent.