In the upcoming April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author William Bell writes, “When it comes to handguns designed for LEOs, few can hold a candle to Sig Sauer. With its extensive line of offerings and long relationship with the law enforcement community, this is a company that knows how to provide what officers need. To that end, mid-January 2013 saw the introduction of the Sig Sauer P227, and new handguns are now rolling off the production line. The P227 is chambered for the venerable .45 ACP cartridge and has a capacity of 10 rounds in its staggered, flush-fit magazine, plus one in the chamber. There is also an extended magazine available that increases the cartridge count to 14+1.”

He test-fires the pistol after going over its careful craftsmanship: “The frame of the P227 is based on that of the well-known P226, and it comes in three different versions. The P227 Nitron has a 4.4-inch barrel and its size identifies it as a duty handgun. The P227 Carry has a more compact 3.9-inch barrel for easier concealment, and finally there’s the P227 Carry SAS 2B, which has the same 3.9-inch barrel, but has been given Sig’s Anti-Snag Treatment, making it even better for plainclothes, off-duty or self-defense, plus it has the Sig Short Reset Trigger. All three models have a stainless steel slide with Sig Sauer’s exclusive Nitron finish and a black, hard anodized alloy frame, along with a textured polymer, one-piece, ergonomic grip. They also have the traditional double-action/single-action (DA/SA) mechanism, which includes a decocking lever.”

So how did the Sig P227 fare at the range? Check out the April 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, available on newsstands and digitally January 7, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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