Sig Sauer P250 Nitron

The specifications of the Sig Sauer P250 Nitron

Origin: German/Swiss
Caliber: 9mm, .40 S&W, 45 ACP
Capacity: 12 rounds for 9mm
Overall length: 6.7"
Action: Double Action Only
Weight: 24.9 oz
Trigger: Pull: 5.5 - 6.5 lbs
Frame: Polymer
Barrel length: 3.6"
Frame Width: 1.1"

Sig released the Sig Sauer P250 on the US market in 2008 touting it’s modular design and the ability to change calibers when needed by replacing the slide, keeping the same polymer frame.  The sub-compact is available in the most popular calibers (9mm, .40S&W and .45ACP).  

It also comes in a full size and compact size that sport different finishes and options such as night sights and threaded barrels.  You can find different grip sizes for the full size and compact, but not the SC.  For this review we will talk about the pros and cons of the sub-compact.

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Durability and Reliability

Sig Sauer has hit a bit of a rough spot in recent years, and like most manufacturers not every gun they make is going to be the cream of the crop.  Even Glock and HK have made sub-par handguns.  

The Sig Sauer P250 to those who own one is a durable and reliable handgun. There are many that trust it to go boom when it means the most.  I have heard of thousands of rounds being spent with the P250 and it not having one malfunction.   Yes, like you may have heard it didn’t pass some government testing, but that doesn’t make this a bad pistol.  My expeience has been very good with it.  I would rate reliability very well..

The durability does seem to be classic Sig Sauer in that you can tell that this gun could take a bit of beating and still fire.  The Nitron finish seems to wear off kind of easy, but I think this gun will last a long time.  Now start changing the slide from one caliber to another then I am not sure of the durability of this gun.  I personally think you just build a good handgun and don’t monkey with it. 

Durability & Reliability = 8


The Sig Sauer P250 SC has a 12 round magazine, which is very generous for it being a sub-compact.  I would say carrying 12 rounds in a concealed carry situation is a very positive thing.

If you are using a 124 grain bullet the energy at the muzzle will be around 360 ft/lbs and with an 12 round magazine it will have a decent score.  

Firepower = 7


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Here is where we can get into a debate about this gun.   I would tell you that if you put the P250 in a vice and shot it, you would get great groups depending on your ammo, but of course, we don’t shoot like that do we? 

Keep in mind that this gun was meant for concealed carry and not for long range use.  The trigger, although smooth and relatively light,  is really long.  This works against you when trying to hit something longer than 25 yards, if you can hit that.  Working at close range the accuracy is fine, but follow up shots are kinda difficult to put on paper with such a long trigger pull.

I liked it overall and understand why they made the trigger the way they did because this gun has no safety.  That in my humble opinion is a good thing for concealed carry.  

Accuracy = 7

Size & Weight

Let me start by saying that I think the P250 sub-compact is on the heavy side even before you put rounds in the mag.  At 24.9 oz it’s the same weight as some compacts and maybe some full size handguns as well.   I don’t like to carry anything above 27 or 28 oz.  

It also seems kind of top heavy (high bore axis) with the thickness of the gun seemingly big for a concealed carry pistol, yet Sig Sauer says it’s only 1.1 inches making it thinner than the Glock 27.  It’s within reason.  Although, I would like it a little thinner, it’s why you can carry 12 rounds instead of 9. 

Size is good, weight is a bit much......

Size & Weight = 6

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