New Sig Sauer P227 Equinox

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Sig Sauer added another P227 .45 ACP option this year at SHOT Show. Called the Equinox, this new P227 comes with a 2-tone slide with a nickel/pewter appearance. The Equinox also comes with a polished trigger, hammer, and control levers for those who like their handguns to be more expressive. The combination of the 2-tone slide and polished controls provides a nice contrast for visual effect.

The P227 Equinox 2-tone slide is designed for contrast.

The P227 Equinox 2-tone slide is designed for contrast, along with the highly polished hammer, trigger, and control levers.

The Sig Sauer P227 Equinox .45ACP is a design from the SIG SAUER Custom Shop master gunsmiths, and appears to be marketed towards shooters who want their handguns to stand out. The two-tone slide is actually accented Nitron® stainless steel, with brush polished flats and nickel accents. That custom work partially reflects light to add to the contrasting colors and effect.

Another look at the Nitron coated and brushed P227 Equinox slide.

Another look at the Nitron coated and brushed P227 Equinox slide.

Sitting atop a lightweight black, hard-anodized alloy frame, the Equinox does have an attractive appearance that still portrays a serious side. The P227 takes the classic contrast of black and grey colors to a more elegant level.

The hard anodized black frame adds to the contrast, but the comfortable ergonomic draws the shooter in.

The hard anodized black frame adds to the contrast, but the comfortable ergonomic draws the shooter in.

The Sig master gunsmiths also combined a TRUGLO® Tritium Fiber Optic front sight with the already proven SIGLITE® rear night sight. The combination provides a great contrast that allows for excellent target acquisition, whether shooting day or night.

The TRUGLO fiber optic front sight improves target acquisition by contrasting the SIGLITE rear sights.

The TRUGLO fiber optic front sight contrasts the rear SIGLITE improving target acquisition.

If a shooter wishes to further enhance their low-light use, the P227 Equinox comes equipped with an accessory rail for adding pistol-mounted lights or lasers.

The Picatinny rail provides for other lighting options.

The Picatinny rail provides for other lighting options.

The P227 Equinox maintains the original P227 DA/SA hammer fired action, and Sig’s famous ergonomic grip. The Equinox will come with standard 10-round magazines, but 14-round extended magazines will also be available. The P227 Equinox will fit most holsters designed for P220R and P226R.

The DA/SA hammer fired action, showing the polished controls and hammer.

The DA/SA hammer fired action, showing the polished controls and hammer.



Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department’s SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at BlueSheepDog.com.


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  • Kristoff

    I love my 227. Could you please ask Sig Sauer if they have any plans to release the 227 in 10mm?

    • Guest

      I don’t know about the 227, but they are releasing the 220 in 10mm. I saw it is the October 2015 issue of Guns and Ammo if that fits your fancy.

      • Kristoff

        I’ve seen them around, but they aren’t exactly carry pieces.

        • Anonymoose

          Higher capacity in a thinner grip is one of the major advantages of 10mm over .45.

          • Kristoff

            Well that and 10mm hits like a freight train.

          • Anonymoose

            Yeah, but 8 rounds is still 8 rounds.

  • Nate H

    Any word on MSRP? It’s a SIG so I know it won’t be cheap. But that’s one nice looking firearm.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      I’ve seen 229 Equnox’s in 40 sw at my LGS for $800.
      MSRP on it is $1250, but nobody in their right mind pays retail.
      All the other Eqinox’s have custom wood grips. This doesn’t so it may be cheaper

      • Nate H

        Well shoot, 800 isn’t even bad at all, I see other SIG models going in excess of 1k. Thanks for the tip.

      • Kefefs

        You saw a new Equinox for $800 at your gun store? That’s a great deal. The base SIG models with contrast sights usually retail for $800, with an MSRP of $1015. Equinox models usually retail for closer to $1100.

  • Blake

    Am I the only one that read “two tonne slide” the first time?

  • Odinson

    Paraordanance has a better .45. 14 shot.

    • Anonymoose

      You can get 15 in an FNX-45, have second-strike capability, and if you want an extendo-clip you can use an Arredondo baseplate for a Para and have 18+1 rounds of .45 at your disposal.

      • Odinson

        Thanks, I will check that out.

      • iksnilol

        ParaOrd has the whole LDA (light double action) thingy going. I think that counts as second-strike capability (as I understand it that is being able to pull the trigger again to ignite the round if it is a hard primer or something).

        • Sean

          Para no longer exists. If you want one, it will have to be a used gun.
          I do have an older p=14 with the extended base plates that you can get 18 rounds in.

          • iksnilol

            I thought they still made guns even after they were bought out?

          • Sean

            Not anymore. The Remington monster consumed them. I think their website is still there. But not updated in a few years. No new guns have rolled off their their line in a year or so. H&R is gone as well. And Marlin lever guns in pistol calibers. And other things that were bought up.

  • Greg Thompson

    I’d like a P227 Legion

  • W.P Zeller

    Bold new graphics!

  • Joseph Smith

    Happy to see Sig is developing the P227. They need to ditch that TFO sight though (on all models that have them).

  • iksnilol

    Two tone to me has always been “I want to stick out but don’t want to go full pimp”.

    For me personally? Sticking out is the only valid excuse for going full pimp so chrome it all up.

  • P227 SAO.

  • AJ Ryder

    Looks identical to my 2013 P227 Equinox. What is the difference?

  • Dragonheart

    What I am waiting for is an All Stainless Sig 938, a practical full time carry handgun. These coated aluminum frames may be light, but the coating comes off and aluminum corrodes.

    • maodeedee

      That’s why polymer was invented.

      • Dragonheart

        Polymer handguns have their place and I have several. My Walther PPS is a nice gun, but still larger than my Sig 938. The other polymers are either too big for full time carry or have issues not to my liking, like terrible triggers. My Sig 238 all stainless was an excellent carry gun and if Sig would make an all Stainless 938 it would be my next purchase. My point is the market is flooded with full size handguns, what we really need is a better selection of quality small full time carry handguns.

  • maodeedee

    That would be nice if it were SA only. I hate crunchentickers. give me a DA only with a nice trigger or one that can be carried cocked and locked.