The P227 series uses a nicely textured, single-piece, polymer grip. There are no screw heads to scratch you during long range sessions.
The P227 comes in a more compact “Carry” version with a slightly shorter slide, but it still retains the accessory rail.
For a gun more strictly geared toward concealment, there is the P227 SAS Gen2. It has received the SIG Sauer Anti-Snag treatment and does not have an accessory rail.
The decocker profile on the P227 is exactly the same as the P226, and the holsters made for the P226 and P220 fit the P227 with no modification.
Sig Sauer Firearms
By Brian Jensen
SIG Sauer’s booth is always busy, but after fighting through the crowds this year I discovered the longtime rumors were true. The Exeter, NH, company has introduced the P227—a double-stack semi-automatic in .45 ACP.
The gun struck me as more of a P226 when I first saw it, but when I looked down at the label, sure enough, it said “Sig P227, .45 ACP.” I picked it up and thought, “Boy, I would have never thought this was a .45.”
The gun has all the classic looks of the P226 line. Its milled stainless steel slide is mated to an aluminum-alloy frame and an accessory rail allows the mounting of lasers or weapon lights. The slide’s Nitron finish provides a businesslike look that’s attractive, and, it’s a SIG, so the double-action trigger pull is better than most. The usual decocker is there as well. The gun has mildly aggressive texturing on its one-piece polymer grip, with no screws to dig into your hand. Capacity is 10 rounds in the flush-fitting magazine, but a 14-round extended magazine is available.
I picked up a nearby P226 in 9 mm and it had the usual nice feel in the grip. When I came back to the P227 and felt its grip again, I could tell there was a slightest bit of additional girth. It wasn’t enough to make the gun feel big or bulky, but it is there in a side-by-side comparison. If you only pick up the P227, you probably won’t notice.
I asked the staff about the gun’s genesis, and they said the P227 was developed in response to requests by consumers—even international ones—for a double-stack .45 ACP pistol. SIG Academy staff added their input, providing an armed citizen/law enforcement perspective during development. And realistically, this gun is aimed at either group. It would be just as at home in a police duty holster as in a nightstand ready for things that go “bump” in the night.
The P227 will start shipping in March with an MSRP ranging from $993 to $1,085, depending on options. The P227 Carry Nitron version will also be available, with a 3.9-inch barrel. The gun weighs 30.5 ounces sans magazine, it is 7.1 inches long and it will ship with SIGLITE Night Sights at an MSRP of $1,085. Keep an eye out for the Carry SAS Gen2 version, as well.