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Why aren't Sigs more popular?

Discussion in 'The Sig Sauer Club' started by GlennS, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I think Sigs are one of the most popular pistol brands on Earth. :dunno:
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    How many Sigs have a "thumb safety"? Besides the little colt pony clones of course.

  3. You could add the blue finish are poor. The one I carry has most of the bluing is gone around all the holster contact points. The sights will rust on you. With that said the gun is very reliable and accurate. The DA pull is bad, but they have three trigger options, DA/SA, DAK and DOA. For those who are not familiar with DAK. It is a light DAO with an earlier reset.

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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
  4. they are...and as much as we lament all the versions of the tried and true P series (along with all the others), they still sell many times more pistols than they did when they just imported them from (W) Germany...

    I really think price is what grabs most today first...of course reliability trumps price but not always at first...

    ...s'funny but a young coworker wanted to buy my P230 the other day but after talking about it for a bit and looking online, when he saw it in the flesh he was surprised by the hammer, decocker, European style magazine release as well as its size (I had told him it was sized like a 9mm pistol)

    two other coworkers thought the same...I said you young guys only seem to know GLOCK/Springfield XD type pistols...:tongueout:

    I had the same reaction by most when they saw my Browning Hi Power..."what kind of 1911 is that???"...:supergrin:

  5. MIWildcat


    Jan 6, 2013
    They are popular up here. Many people I know that cow Glocks do so in case the gun is confiscated, they don't lose the gun the really love.

    I know some of the hate comes from the DA pull but that's usually from the lazy ones that do not want to train DA.
  6. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    IMO, they are fairly expensive guns that aren't the best for anything. They have the DA/SA triggers that make them slower and require 2 different trigger techniques to shoot the first 2 shots well, they position the borer axis higher above the hand than just about anything but a Hi-Point.

    Why pay more for a Sig, when all the guns that are fast, accurate and reliable enough to regularly win national competitions cost less (M&P, Glock, XD, CZ, etc.)?
  7. AtlantaR6


    Jul 29, 2004
    Ambi safety is what I meant
  8. Rick O'Shay

    Rick O'Shay

    Jan 24, 2005
    Pricey, for sure, but they're also a bit bulkier than their competition.
    I have a 220 in .45ACP, and it goes to the range frequently. But I have no other use for it. Not a carry weapon, and I prefer the M&P pistols for home protection.
    I enjoy shooting the 220 as much as any of my .45's though.
  9. MIWildcat


    Jan 6, 2013
    Yes because the ability to win "national competitions" is the most important factor in choosing a gun. :faint:
  10. and it has been done with a SiG...(Ernest Langdon P220)

  11. which SiGs are you talking about???

  12. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I take it you've never shot in competition.:upeyes:

    You win national competitions by having a gun with good accuracy that you can shoot faster than everybody else, while still hitting the target and which is reliable enough to never fail during a match that involves hundreds of rounds.

    If you think that isn't a good way to choose/test your gun for self-defense, you're doing it wrong.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  13. MIWildcat


    Jan 6, 2013
    And what kind of competition are we speaking of? Race guns, your serious fast ones, are often highly modified from stock. To boot, there is also a nice bias towards 1911's as well because they are so easily modified. SIG does make some nice SAO race guns as well.

    Now, back to the SIG. They've been duty pistols and are used by special forces because they can shoot continuously without fail.

    Neither my Glock or my SIG have ever failed in any way. No FTE, FTF, etc. between a stock Glock trigger and a stock SIG trigger, SIG wins hands down.
  14. AtlantaR6


    Jul 29, 2004
    938 and 238 are the ones I fancy.
  15. TheJ

    TheJ NRA Life Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 24, 2011
    1) I think Sigs are perfectly fine pistols.
    2) The OPs question practically begs a subjective answer.
    3) Sigs likely aren't as popular as many striker fired pistols because striker fired pistols are generally easier to shoot well and/or learn to shoot with. That doesn't make non sig folks or new shooters "lazy" it makes them practical. There is a difference. If you shoot a bad guy with a Glock 19 versus a Sig P229 there is not a heck of a lot of difference as far as the bad guy is concerned.

    Characteristics of good striker fired pistols like Glock that make them appealing:
    * Many local LE use them (right or wrong people tend to want what they see local LE use)
    * Lower bore axis. Practically speaking hammer fired pistols will always have a higher bore axis than striker fired pistols. That's just physics. The lower bore axis is going to mean less muzzle flip and easier recoil management. That means more comfort, less flinching, more likely to be accurate for new shooters. More accuracy and comfort to shoot means more fun and more likely to not be discouraged. It also tends to mean lower times in competition.
    * Consistent trigger pull on striker fired pistols mean they are easier to learn to shoot well especially in timed competition. Many new folks start out in something like IDPA with there fancy new DA/SA Sig, they suck and want to improve. So they look around see lots of folks better then them with striker fired pistols and realize life would be easier if they don't first have to overcome the inconsistent trigger (and the higher bore axis) and decide to give Glock a try.
    * Price is an obvious reason as well. Others have discussed this already.
    * Competitors like HK take market share. In similar price points.
    * The grips are a little big for some folks. Length of pull being long in DA combined with the large grips (even the "E" models) mean for folks with small hands Sigs tend to be tougher to be as fast as with many striker fired pistols while maintaining good consistent trigger control.

    Yes pretty much any/all of the differences between the Sig and Striker fired pistols can be overcome with enough training (more for some than others) but I'm sure many folks simply make the decision to pay less for a firearm that is basically just as reliable and that is actually easier to shoot well (and learn to shoot well) for practical reasons.

    All that said, I'm a fan of Sigs.
  16. MIWildcat


    Jan 6, 2013
    I certain this is all subjective in comparison and we are on a Glock forum, so it should skew Glock.

    Glocks are a lower price point than most SIG's (except the 2022's, which are within range), which makes them a bit more accessible to new shooters. Striker vs. Hammer is always up for debate and preference plays in here.

    When I compare the G17/G19 to the P226/P229, the SIG's tend to have less muzzle flip due to the extra weight they carry, especially when I compare new shooters with both of these types of guns. I think that puts the high bore axis debate out the window. High bore has almost no net affect on the ability to shoot the SIG compared to the Glock.

    Besides the striker vs. hammer, I think the biggest issue is the triggers and the pulls. Standard triggers on Glocks are usually god awful, as they are with many of the HK's. Once you get over DA by training DA, it isn't that big of a difference to learn to shoot it every effectively.

    However, many shooters don't put many rounds down the range in a year and if they choose to not train, I'd suggest something other than a DA/SA. Go DAO or SAO and live with it. However, if I have to choose a go to war gun, it's the SIG. Very accurate, dependable, and proven.

    Lastly, I'll just put this one out here...while I love both my SIG and Glock, I think the Walther PPQ is a better gun than the Glock, hands down. The trigger is perfect and it has taken the polymer game to another level.
  17. I think you are right on the money. It is cost of the firearm. You don't see lots of 1911 Colts, Baer etc because of cost but you see lots of off brand 1911s. Then Glocks are cheap and that is the reason of their popularity. Cops don't have Glocks because they are superior...theu have them because of cost. I have three Sigs and find them to be reliable and very accurate like the Hks I have too. You figure about 500 for a Glock vs eight to nine hundred for a HK or Sig.
  18. got fancy them but don't like the thumb safeties...have you tried any of the original type P Series pistols??? might like them...

    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  19. AtlantaR6


    Jul 29, 2004
    I haven't, to be honest after seeing those I assumed all sig pistols had them. Just checked out the web Page, looks like I chose the only 2 that DO have them!

  20. dpadams6


    Jan 5, 2010
    Yep. Many always talk about the "low bore axis" making the striker fired guns softer to shoot.
    I have compared the glock 31 to a 226/229 357sig. The difference, to me, is very obvious that the sigs are softer shooters due to the extra weight.