Sig Sauer has been on the firearms scene since the 1860’s when they first produced rifles for the Swiss Army. In the 1970’s they combined with J.P. Sauer & Sohn, then in 1985 came to the United States—in a big way. Since then Sig Sauer has been a major supplier of handguns and other firearms to the U.S. Government and military, plus state and local law enforcement agencies. The organization has been a tireless innovator in both weapons design and firearms training. It doesn’t seem as though a year goes by without Sig Sauer introducing a new firearm or variation of an existing model.
The P224 is a compact concealment-type handgun chambered for the popular .40 S&W cartridge, while later models will also be offered in 9mm and .357 SIG. It is Sig Sauer’s first sub-compact Classic series variant that accommodates a double-column magazine. Even with a very short grip frame, it has a 10+1 ammunition capacity in .40. The magazine included has no finger rest on the baseplate, so you must curl the little finger beneath the grip when firing. To help you maintain a solid hold, the G10 grip panels have a honeycomb-style knurling on the sides and rear, plus the frontstrap is finely checkered. The “upper” and forward portion of the frame greatly resembles the Sig Sauer P229—with its 3.9-inch barrel and 7.1-inch overall length—the P224 has a 3.5-inch barrel and 6.7-inch overall length; essentially making it a cut-down P229. Like the P229 DAK it has the double-action-only (DOA) trigger with an exposed, spurless hammer. The DAK system offers a consistent 6.5-pound trigger pull, with second-strike capability. As it is a DAO model, there is no external safety and no magazine safety. Internal safeties include an automatic firing pin lock, safety intercept notch, and trigger bar disconnect.
The only visible controls are on the left side of the pistol and consist of the magazine release, slide stop catch and takedown lever. A traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger will be offered on the P224, in later versions.