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What do you think of the sig p290?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ROBSPLUMBER, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. I am looking for a new pocket 9mm. In the past I have had a Ruger LCP, which works wells as a pocket pistol. This time I would like to go with a 9mm instead of a .380. I want something that is truly designed to be pocket carried and is reliable, preferrably without all the break in required with the LCP. You always hear good things about Sig. Anyone out there own one and would like to give their opinion. Should I consider something else? Thanks for your input.
  2. ctfireman


    Feb 13, 2010
    Bridgeport, CT
    Not bad but i ended up shoosing the beretta nano over the 290. Check em out side by side before you make a purchase!

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Not my cup of tea
  4. FCastle88


    Sep 24, 2009
    The P290 is way too heavy for a pocket gun, and the 9lb trigger pull is a bit ridiculous. Still complaints of light strikes, hammer not falling, trigger not resetting, etc., according to Sig there's a redesigned trigger mechanism either already out, or being released soon. I'd go with a PM9/CM9 or Nano, my CM9 has been 100% reliable so far, and it's 4oz lighter than the P290 and has a nice 6.5lb trigger pull that feels lighter.
  5. dhoomonyou


    Mar 20, 2002
    tried a friends
    did not like trigger
  6. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I love steel Sigs and have a P220/45 and P239/357.
    Just can't warm up to Tupperware Sigs.
    I do carry a Glock G27 with a Storm lake 40-9mm conversion barrel and
    Ghost rocket 3.5 short reset connector.

    The P938 9mm looks interesting, but cocked and locked???

    For now I'm patiently waiting on the new Sig P224.
    It looks to have about the same dimensions as my G27.
    But it's a Sig.

    I have high hopes for that one!!!
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  7. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    For me at least Sig has excellent customer service.

    My P290 had to go back to Exeter a couple times before they got originally a no strike problem and then a light strike problem solved. Now it works fine and between me shooting/testing it and whatever they did in NH the trigger is much smoother now. The gun works well now. It is however a bit big and heavy for pocket carry. I remain of the opinion that the Rohrbaugh is what the other 9mm pocket pistols should be, size wise. But perhaps not in price.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  8. Caladan


    Aug 7, 2007
    We have a P290, Beretta Nano, and Kahr PM9 in our collection. Since they are similar, the following comments are based on a comparison between the three.

    The 290 has a very long trigger pull, with a mushy let-off. The pull weight is a bit higher than the Nano, and a lot heavier than the Kahr. The distance between the P290's backstrap and face of the trigger is shorter than the Nano, and since the pull is so long, the tip of your trigger finger ends up under your thumb. I much prefer the trigger of the Nano, which is shorter in pull length and has a more distinct let-off. The Kahr's trigger pull is much lighter in weight, but has a mushy let-off that is more of a roll-off than a break.

    The 290 is a bit heavier than the Nano, and a lot heavier than the Kahr. The 290 is also the thickest because of the slide lock/release lever, and about the same thickness as the Nano otherwise. The subjective feeling of build quality is about the same between the Nano and the 290, and both are higher than that of the Kahr. I do like the 290's sights slightly more than that of the Nano, and a lot more than the Kahr's. The 290's sights stand up a smidge higher than the Nano's, and are a slight bit easier to pick up quickly upon presentation.

    I shoot slightly better groups with the Nano than the 290, probably because I prefer the position and pull characteristics of the Nano's trigger. Both the 290 and Nano are substantially more accurate than the Kahr. Also, the Kahr's sights were off somewhat when it arrived, but both the Nano's and Sig's were spot on with 115gr FMJ at defense distances.

    Overall, I do like the 290, but prefer the slightly lighter Nano. Both the Nano and the 290 are a better buy than the PM9, but anyone considering a micro-9 should also look at the Kahr CM9 as well. The CM9 is the same size as the PM9, but is priced less than the Nano or 290.

    My 290 came with night sights and a laser for $475 otd, which is a better buy than the normal selling price of $429+tax of the Nano. If you want a laser for your handgun, then the 290 would be the way to go.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2012
  9. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    I have had a SIG p290 since last Spring and yes, mine had the light strikes, but SIG repaired it and it has been 100% since. As to the 9 lbs. trigger, it's not a Camp Perry match gun, it's a CCW weapon. Personally, I love the trigger as this is not a range gun. Then again, I learned to shoot decades ago with DA revolvers. My p290 will shoot with my p228 out to 15 yds. Mine has NEVER jammed and I have shot at least ten different types of HP bullets. For me it is not too heavy. I love it.

    I think many people have unrealistic expectations in a micro 9mm. They want a gun that weighs 12 oz., has a 1911 match trigger with no safety AND doesn't kick!! Ain't gonna happen with the laws of physics & laibility laws in the USA today.
  10. stopatrain

    stopatrain Lifetime Member

    Aug 28, 2005
    Looked at one didn't like it.
  11. SEH95B


    Dec 19, 2007
    Try a Kahr CM9 first
  12. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    I love my Sigs, the P290 is a nce looking gun, and I like the idea because I pocket carry sometimes but that thing is waaaay too heavy for what it is. Turned me off instantly.
  13. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    9mm is a powerfull round and anything smaller than the goldstandard of sub-9mms the g26 will not last long or be relaible. And the G26 is not pants pocket gun in most cases. I don,t use pocket carry other than outside coat pockets. Pocket carry in pants can be hard to get at in a car with seat belts on. Allso its easy to pin your hands in your pocket blocking the draw. I use IWB or OWB holsters only. The G26 is still the most relaible subcompact 9mm.
  14. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Personally, I suspect there's a point of diminishing returns for some owners when it comes to increasingly smaller pistols.

    I can't tell anyone else where that line occurs for them, though.

    Also, over the years I've come to prefer to wait until any brand new design of handgun has been on the commercial market and out in the hands of users for a couple of years, allowing the gun maker to identify and resolve any minor issues that may have slipped through the R&D.

    While I applaud Sig, Beretta & Ruger for trying to give shooters 9/.40 platforms that have had a little overall size & weight shaved off here & there with their newest offerings, I'll reserve judgement until they've all passed the 2 year point since public release.

    I've got enough smallish pistols in the way of the 3913, CS9, SW999c, G26, 4040PD, G27, M&P 40c, etc.

    For now, at any rate. ;)

    I learned the hard way that sometimes being the first on the block to run out and buy the latest & greatest really means that you've rushed to the head of the line to be the Beta Tester for the product. :rofl:
  15. Thanks everyone for your replies and your input. In my original post I failed to mention that I have had and sold a Glock 26 and Kahr CW9. Currently my carry gun is a Glock 19 which I really like and trust. It's just not possible in my line of work to waistband (inside or out) carry. I have to pocket or Smart Carry carry. The LCP worked well for me as a pocket carry, but like I mentioned, I would prefer a 9mm. After reading the post and doing some more research, I think I will try the Nano.
  16. bonjorno2


    Jan 26, 2011
    Space Coast
    i had a 290 and sold it... it had the worst trigger i've ever felt. Sold my pm9 to get it and had it for a little bit and went back to kahr. It was too heavy to pocket carry vs the kahr was and it wasn't as well balanced (top heavy).
  17. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    Of course only Glock can make a small, durable, reliable 9mm. :upeyes:
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  18. elde

    elde Lifetime Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    Up to 800 rounds throught my Nano and after the first 200 have had no issues. Seems to prefer 124gr bullets either FMJ or JHPs. I carry it with GD 124gr +P JHPs and have had no problems. Like the trigger much better than the Kahrs (have PM9), the Ruger LC9 or the Sig 290. Carries very nicely in a Remora holster.
  19. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    This kind of post makes me want a Nano. I have an MK9 that I like as much as I do my G26s. I use the 147 grain HST loads in it on the theory that they will perform more efficiently out of the 3" barrel than the lighter weights although I have used 115 and 124 in it as well. Have you tried 147s out of your Nano?
  20. Danimal3805


    Feb 20, 2008
    Concord, NH
    PF9 PF9 PF9 PF9. Oh have you heard of the PF9? There's this awesome pocket size (for me) pistol called the kel tec PF9. It's great. Or maybe a PF9.....hahahaha

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