BREAKING: P320 Remains as the Lone Modular Pistol; P250 is DISCONTINUED

P250

The Sig Sauer P250 lent a lot of design and innovation to help create the increasingly popular P320, but its time has come. With the growing market for striker-fire pistols versus hammer-fire compounded with the newly won U.S. Army contract for its new Modular Handgun System (MHS), the P320 has cemented its place in the Sig Sauer line-up. The P250, on the other hand, is on its way out the door.

If you visit the newly re-designed Sig Sauer website and navigate through its multiple drop-down menus you can eventually find the model P250. Most of us remember a vast array of sizes and calibers, but that is not the case anymore. The only variation left is a rimfire P250-22. No centerfire models exist whatsoever anymore.

Most distributors are all, but dried up except for a select few. If you really want hammer-fire pistol you will need to act quickly. They are being clearanced with no indications of a modular, hammer-fire model to replace it. With the industry trending to the striker-fire design and the wild popularity of the P320, it was only a matter of time. Sig Sauer makes numerous hammer-fire models and the P250 just was not paying the bills.

The P250 definitely served its purpose though. The one-piece chassis system and modular frames that the P320 now uses catapulted Sig Sauer to win the MHS contract. They are also cutting into and killing Glock sales to law enforcement. All of this occurring after SHOT Show where Glock introduced nothing new for 2017… at all.



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • AD

    That’s unfortunate. Maybe they’ll release a new version in the future.

    • b0x3r0ck

      Glock has no point in leaving there parents basement if they get everything they want by doing nothing.

      • Scott Tuttle

        I’m just going to say what we’re all thinking… glock needs a carbine 😛

        • Shankbone

          Could this carbine come in 10mm and take Glock mags?

    • Anonymoose

      In DA/SA, with light DAO just as an option.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        If the P250 was DA/SA instead of DAO I would be carrying it instead of a P320 right now.

        Id love a P224 but a P320SC is 1.1″ wide and a P224 is 1.4″ wide.

    • anonymous

      If the P250 uses the same frame as the P320, I don’t see why they can’t continue to provide DAO fire control groups for niche markets.

  • Russ

    All news is breaking news…yaay!

    • A bad habit someone picked up from TTAG it seems.

      • anonymous

        “A bad habit someone picked up from TTAG”

        Ugh. For some reason, I recently visited that site for the first time in several years. The comments section there reminded me why I left i the first place.

        • Ted Unlis

          You got that right! The TTAG staff frequently comes up with some stuff that’s ridiculous as well, like the article by Dean a few months back after he became convinced a Trump win could lead to “international reciprocity” which would allow American tourists to tote in Mexico.

          • anonymous

            “a Trump win could lead to ‘international reciprocity’ which would allow American tourists to tote in Mexico.”

            And Trump would make Mexico would pay for it!

        • n0truscotsman

          Can’t remember who, but somebody here used the term, “burning diaper pail” to describe that place.

          Apologies to whoever for stealing your verbal art LOL 😉

    • ozzallos .

      I’d argue that picking up your soon to be nonexistant P220 warrant a bit more haste than the usual headline.

  • 22winmag

    If Glock is the Toyota Camry of handguns, what is SIG?

    • Suppressed

      Honda Accord.

      • b0x3r0ck

        Honda civic

        • Anonymoose

          The P320 is the Civic, the P226 is an Accord sedan, the P229 is an Accord coupe, the P239 is the Insight, the P238 is the Fit, and the 556R is the Ridgeline. lol

          • Dario B.

            but still everyone likes and wants MB and BMW.

          • Anonymoose

            HK is Mercedes-Benz: their roller-delayed guns are like the real G Class, the Mk23 is like the S Class, the G11 is the SLS, and everything else is the lesser stuff MB puts out for mass consumption that rich dads will buy their spoiled kids to smoke in and wreck.
            The German SIG is BMW, with rifles that don’t suck on the first couple iterations, and lot of fancy showpieces like the Master Shop line.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I think the MK23 is the Unimog! haha

          • CommonSense23

            Unimogs are actually useful though.

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Point taken. The Unimog might be smaller than the MK23 though.

          • Anonymoose

            It’s certainly chunky enough to be.

          • Dario B.

            Wait! do you really consider Sig Sauer/Sig U.S.A. a SIG?
            the only SIG thing is the name (Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft). All the rest is american questionable marketing

          • Rob

            Some people do. I own a couple swiss arms and it is very obviously a different animal.

          • LGonDISQUS

            So legion series are like the M cars? ?

    • Geoff Timm

      Glock is the Hyundai sedan of handguns. SIG is M-B and H&K is BMW, both overpriced German conceit, wrapped in a large invoice. Geoff Who owns neither, just two German Walthers. Note: Kel-tec is the FIAT of handguns, long on design and style, short on execution and quality.

      • Keiichi

        Kel-tec is the Lotus of firearms, great design and good quality, but lacking availability with a high price tag.

        • Edeco

          Well said; extremely light, bare-bones, unfamiliar shapes, directed by a visionary (referring to the Chapman era).

          I’ve thought of Glocks as Lotus-like for those reasons too, except the ubiquity doesn’t fit in the analogy.

  • Anonymoose

    RIP in Piss. ;_;7

  • USMC03Vet

    Glock is going to come back striking hard in 2018 when they introduce the Gen 6 with a fiber optic front sight or perhaps metal sights, but not both!

    ?

    • Bigbigpoopi

      And a bigger hump because nobody likes a 1911 profile (flat MSH)

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Glock will just come back with a DAO hammer fired model to replace the P250…

    • n0truscotsman

      Oh a serious note, im convinced theyll develop a variant with a modular trigger pack to compete with the P320. If they had any sense, they would go back to the single recoil spring and pre-late Gen 3 extractor.

  • Geoff Timm

    CDNN is closing SIG 250s out, along with the Walther PPX. But the price of the Walther Creed is equally low over the counter. Geoff Who bought the Creed and $20 magazines marked PPX from CDNN.

    • I just checked and only saw the 250c in 22lr on there.

  • LCON

    Sig Press release: The Sig P250 will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the production line permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away forever.

    • SP mclaughlin

      “Don’t choke on your aspirations, SIG.”

    • Russ Kell

      “…these blast points, too accurate for sand people. Only imperial storm troopers are so precise”

      • LCON

        P250… Now, that’s a name I’ve not heard in a long time. A long time.

        • Dougboffl

          Ever since the XP-38 came out, they just aren’t in demand.

  • Jose

    It may be off topic, but, everyone have noticed that the SIG 55X series of rifles are no longer mentioned in the SIG SAUER website? I checked it, and there’s none of them; only the MCX and the AR-15 type rifles are featured and offered. Seems to me that these versions were not so cool, specially after their issues with reliability and functioning. They should reconsider bringing back the ORIGINAL SIG 550 series of rifles, now made by Swiss Arms. Just my opinion.

    • _NL_

      I guess that won’t happen…the real SIG 55X rifles are too expensive for the American civillian market..

  • Rob

    Why is something that was announced July 1 of 2016 have breaking in the headline in 2017?

    The P290, 522 and 556xi were also announced as discontinued at the same time.

    • J.T.

      I know about the rifles, but the P290 is still on the website.

      • Rob

        Sig is filling existing orders with distribution but no more can be placed.

        At least that was what was announced in July. But the compass the leadership there is using is broken so they may have veered off that course.

  • valorius

    I prefer hammer fired guns.

    • Lew Siffer

      But their era is over, except for recreation and sporting.

      • Dakota Raduenz

        The revolver era is over. Plenty still carry them. Plenty still carry hammer-fired.

        I just got offered a G19 for less than 3 bills, and the P10-C looks amazing (self proclaimed Sig and CZ fan with a CZ budget), but otherwise (and for almost all carry) I stick with hammer-fired.

      • valorius

        I doubt it. Trends tend to reverse themselves every couple decades. Currently every handgun i own is hammer fired.

        • Lew Siffer

          You are right about clothes and hairstyles, but technology does not revolve, it goes forward. When the revolver came in, the single shot pistol’s era was over, even though many did not want that complicated new contraption. Then cartridge overtook cap and ball, double action revolver overtook single action, da/sa hammer fired auto overtook double action revolver, and now striker fired overtakes da/sa autos. What will replace the striker fired in a few decades will probably some sort of electronic ignition pistol, or perhaps something from a technology we don’t imagine yet. You and I will keep using what we like for the rest of our lives, but our era is over.

          • valorius

            I do not agree that striker fired pistols are technologically superior to hammer fired pistols. Both have been around for over a century.

  • thedarkknightreturns

    Neither the p250 or p320 are very good guns. Pretty much anyone who adopted the p250 as a service weapon had serious problems with them (google it if interested because anytime I link something it doesn’t post) and the p320s that I have worked with are pretty unimpressive as well. Cost was likely the biggest factor in choosing the thing to replace the M9. If any gun could be selected outside of parameters, I believe the Hk P30 would have been the best choice.

    • Rob

      HK didn’t have a horse in the race.

      • thedarkknightreturns

        Yep they dodged that bullet, probably a good business move for them. This program has been going on for years with the government solicitations for a new handgun. Every time it’s been cancelled and been a waste of everyone’s time. HK was smart to stay away.

  • John

    Glock won the United Kingdom’s new military pistol contract. They ain’t going out of business anytime soon.

    It’s nice that they adopted a polymer pistol with a manual safety. Less problems to go wrong.

  • Frank

    The weakness was that awful sig DAK trigger. The initial quality and it failing that ATF test was pretty much the death of it. If it had an LEM style trigger like the HKs and the Walther has, it could have been interesting.

    • T Rex

      That awful trigger with the long reset in the P250 (and P290) was referenced as DAO and turned out to be junk because it lacked any consistency in feel to where the trigger would break and a reset so long that it negated the purpose.

      However the DAK trigger assembly and fire control on the P226 or P229 is an entirely different design configuration which provides a smooth 6 to 6.5 lb duty trigger pull that breaks consistently and predictably with a short comfortable reset. My P226 is equipped with the short trigger and E2 grips and feels like a well tuned double action revolver and produces a reasonably tight group out to 25 yds whenever I qualify with it.

  • anonymous

    Ms. Keel also performed a 2,000 round test of the SIG P250C .380, and published the results on her blog “A View From the Porch”. I won’t include links here, since it would be too many links. But if you search by date, you can find her regular range reports. Some excerpts below:

    ——————–

    New Project
    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    So, Sig Sauer is adding .380 to the caliber options for their P250 line of pistols. In the Compact size, this means a pistol roughly comparable in size to a P229 or Glock 19, but a 15-shot .380 ACP instead of 9mm.

    .380 generally being considered an inferior cartridge to 9mm for self defense, why would someone choose it over the equivalent nine?

    Well, this is the easiest slide to cycle on any centerfire pistol I have ever handled in all my born days. Because it’s a short-recoil operated pistol and not a straight blowback gun, the recoil spring is very light. In order to make the recoil-operation work with only the impulse of a .380’s recoil to drive it, they had to make several other modifications…

    0,100 rounds

    ——————–

    Pew! Pew! Pew!
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    0,200 rounds

    ——————–

    Fifty More…
    Friday, November 27, 2015

    0,250 rounds

    ——————–

    Range Updates…
    Monday, November 30, 2015

    0,400 rounds

    ——————–

    Pew! Pew! Pew!
    Wednesday, December 02, 2015

    0,500 rounds

    ——————–

    Six Hundred…
    Wednesday, December 09, 2015

    0,600 rounds

    ——————–

    Seven Hundred…
    Wednesday, December 09, 2015

    0,700 rounds

    ——————–

    …And Eight Hundred…
    Thursday, December 10, 2015

    0,800 rounds

    ——————–

    Weak & Weaker…
    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    I’ve stated that I think that the Sig Sauer P250 Compact in .380 would make an excellent “Grandma Gun” for shooters with hand strength or arthritis issues due to how crazy easy the slide is to operate and how mild the .380 recoil is in a mid-size locked-breech auto.

    0,820 rounds

    ——————–

    Nearing The Halfway Point…
    Thursday, December 24, 2015

    0,920 rounds

    ——————–

    Gun Test Updates…
    Friday, January 01, 2016

    1,020 rounds

    ——————–

    1120…
    Tuesday, January 05, 2016

    1,120 rounds

    ——————–

    Proof Of Concept…
    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

    1,226 rounds

    So, a woman came in to take our basic two-hour “Intro to Handguns” course last Thursday …

    … Anyhow, this particular student showed up and she was a small woman, probably in her late 60s, and she had issues with having enough grip strength to work the slide of a self-loading pistol (yes, even when shown all the tricks [ link ]) and also had problems working the double-action trigger on a J-frame revolver.”

    Ooh, wait!” says I, and ran to the trunk of my car in the parking lot, and fetched the little P250. I’d been touting this thing as an ideal “Grandma Gun”, and here was my chance to find out if it was true.

    Indeed, she had no problem running the slide on the compact .380, and could work the slide release lever and run the 7.25# DAO trigger with no issues. …

    ——————–

    1326
    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    1,326 rounds

    ——————–

    Still Shootin’…
    Friday, January 29, 2016

    1,426 rounds

    ——————–

    More P250…
    Tuesday, March 01, 2016

    1,526 rounds

    ——————–

    Almost There…
    Saturday, March 05, 2016

    1,626 rounds

    ——————–

    Still Just Almost There
    Monday, March 07, 2016

    1,752 rounds

    ——————–

    Scrounged…
    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    1,802 rounds

    ——————–

    About Finished Up
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    1,902 rounds

    ——————–

    …Aaaand Done
    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    2,002 rounds

    That’s 2002 rounds fired since the gun was last cleaned or lubricated, with one failure to go completely into battery (#447) and one failure to fire (#1578). Watch this space for the wrap-up post and announcement of the next pistol I’m going to shoot a bunch and neglect.

    ——————–

    P250 Two Thousand Round Wrapup (pic heavy)
    Sunday, March 27, 2016

    So the P250C in .380ACP has run through its full two thousand rounds. The gun hasn’t physically loosened up enough to notice, and no parts fell off. Let’s field strip it and see what it looks like. . . .

  • Ted Unlis

    Did Sig ax the P290 as well? I briefly owned a Sig P290RS that I thought was a great pocket 9mm……until I fired it, only to discover the trigger that felt decent when dry firing was gawd awful when you actually put rounds down range. That P290RS has to be the absolute all time number 1 disappointment I’ve ever had in a high quality precision made pistol from a top manufacturer such as Sig Sauer. My P290RS came with factory night sights and by looking at the fit and finish of the gun overall, especially the way the internal surfaces were finished out, I just couldn’t understand why it didn’t perform anywhere near as well as my Kahr CM9, and how what otherwise seemed to be another quality Sig product could group so poorly even from distances of 7 to 15 yards.

    As far as the P320, it’s one fine pistol and probably has the best factory trigger of any striker fired handgun on the market. It will be interesting to see if the Sig P320 line will eventually include a P290 sized configuration that shoots as well or hopefully better than my Kahr CM9.

  • Richard

    I thought that the p250 was discontinued years ago.

  • Beju

    -1 point of accuracy for not using ‘statist.’

  • Beju

    “They are also cutting into and killing Glock sales to law enforcement.”

    As much as I’d like to see challenges to Glock LE handgun supremacy, do we know of any decently sized departments that have adopted them?

  • Edeco

    But criticize the writing and get deleted. I can put up with the chairborne-commando dong-waving, but to be quiet or be suppressed about Farago’s smarmy writing? When the comments are a sewer anyway. Ludacrous. A couple other of the writers are self-indulging slobs as well. I’m not going to waste my time facilitating that. Be like the media equivalent of letting a dog hump my leg.

  • Joseph Anthony

    I prefer the 250. I alway figure in a “Murphy’s Law” situation. What if you had a light strike in an emergency and you can’t re-cycle the slide to get another round in the chamber.. I own glocks and other striker fired pistols- to kill off dao, the traditional da/sa or sa for Stryker fired mechanisms only seems stupid to me… Gotta go picking up a 1911 right now..