Sig Sauer P220 Factory Grips. Which TALON Grip Do I Need?

There are so many makes, models, generations, and options out there that it is often hard to keep them all straight.  The purpose of this post is to help you get the correct grip for your Sig P220.  TALON Grips offers grips that fit perfectly as long as you order the correct part for your particular model.  TALON offers grips for P220 models that Sig Sauers named:

 

 

 

P220 Factory-Polymer (pictured above – click images to enlarge)

  1. This grip will have a cutout on each side of the grip for the P220 and Sig Sauer logos
  2. The back of this firearm has an opening at the bottom (see images to the right)
  3. This handgun will have 2 screws on each side (one above and one below the logo)
  4. This grip has a full wrap design and a small TALON “T” on the right-hand side

 

 

 

 


P220 Nitron
(pictured above – click images to enlarge)

  1. This grip will not have a logo cutout on either side
  2. The back of this firearm has a small rectangular lanyard hole at the bottom
  3. This firearm has a one-piece ergonomic grip with the vertical Sig Sauer logo
  4. This grip has a full wrap design and a small TALON “T” on the right-hand side

 

 

 

 

 

P220 Combat Full Size California Compliant (pictured above – click images to enlarge)

  1. This grip will not have a logo cutout on either side
  2. The back of this firearm has solid polymer across the bottom
  3. This handgun will have 2 screws on each side (one above and one below the logo)

 

 

Hopefully this helps answer questions about different models that are available and the grips that fit each.  If you have additional questions please email our customer service info@talongrips.com

From Manufacturer to Model: How to Choose a Gun

From Manufacturer to Model:
How to Choose a Gun

By: Jay Chambers

Becoming a gun owner is an important step in someone’s life. When you decide to buy a gun, you accept the responsibility that comes with it and understand the safety measures you should take to protect yourself and those around you.

But apart from that, you should also be aware of the importance of choosing a new gun, as you have to pick a gun not only based on budget, but also on needs and functions. Unless you’re accustomed to buying guns, knowing how to select one may be difficult. Still, we’re here to help – so, below you’ll find some tips on how to choose your new gun.

  1. What Are Your Needs?

The first thing you have to determine is why you need to buy a gun in the first place. If it’s for hunting, for instance, you will have to decide on a stronger firearm that can deal with shooting from a larger distance. For home defense, a larger and heavier gun will be perfect. On the other hand, if you need concealed carry, you will require a smaller, shorter, and lighter weapon.

Think about the reasons why you are deciding to become a gun owner – this will help you get a better image of the gun you need in your life. After all, it’s best to have a model that has the most important functions to ensure it will serve you properly.

  1. Picking the Right Caliber

An important part of any gun is the caliber. This refers to the cartridge the gun needs in order to fire. Keep in mind that what you choose will determine how effective the gun will be in a defensive situation. It will also determine the recoil you will deal with. The caliber will also have an effect on the size of the gun, so keep that in mind.

  1. Revolver or Semi-Automatic

    So many options when it comes to picking the right firearm.

If you’re looking for a self-defense weapon, then you have two options to choose from: revolvers and semi-automatics. That being said, you need to know which one is more suitable for what you need.

Semi-automatics tend to be the most common ones. When a cartridge is fired, gas pressure is being generated, which then helps cycle the loading mechanism of the weapon. When you move the slide rearward, the empty case of the gun will be ejected. Not to mention that it will also cock the firing mechanism.

When the spring returns the slide forward, a new cartridge is sent into the chamber of the gun from a detachable magazine.

Overall, semi-automatics are great because they are much faster, being perfect in a defensive situation when you don’t have too much time to waste and every second matters. Furthermore, they are much thinner and more concealable, which is even better when you don’t want a burglar to know you’re armed.

But despite their advantages, they also come with more complexity in the way they are operated. So, as a beginner, you will need to practice a lot.

Revolvers come with a cylinder that can swing out to the side, and they will have around 5-6 chambers where the cartridges will be loaded. With every shot, the cylinder will rotate and thus bring another cartridge to line with the barrel.

When you fire the gun, it can either happen through single-action or double-action mode. For defensive situations, double-action mode is the preferred option.

  1. Manufacturer

Picking the right manufacturer is important too. Many people would want to go with a lower price when they see how big manufacturers are pricing their items but settling for something cheap is not the best idea.

Cheaper guns may not have the quality and safety you are looking for, so you shouldn’t go with the cheapest weapon you find. Go with a well-known, trusted brand. Especially if you’re new in the world of guns and don’t know all the details necessary, going with a big gun company is the best thing to do.

Some of the most famous gun brands are SIG Sauer, Remington Outdoor, Sturm, Ruger &Co, and Smith & Wesson.

  1. Ease of Use

You also have to consider if the gun is easy to use before you decide to buy it. After all, you can’t go with something that will be difficult to use when you’re in a risky situation. To begin with, you need something that allows for easy access to the trigger. Also, choose something that fits your hand and doesn’t require all the knowledge in the world to fire. A Springfield XD-S may be a suitable model in this regard, as it was designed for concealed carry and it is easy to use. It allows someone with a smaller hand to grip it and can hold 8 rounds in the magazine. High visibility front sight is also included.

Therefore, make sure that when you pick a gun model, you go for something that will make it easy to fire when you’re in a life-threatening situation.

  1. Safety

Guns usually come with their own safety mechanisms, and you need to consider this if you want to use them safely. For example, there are such things as trigger safeties, thumb safeties, and grip safeties.

If you’re a beginner, you may want to go for something with a thumb safety, since it may be difficult to properly use your thumb at first.

  1. Maintenance

It’s also crucial to consider how much you need to care for the gun. Some weapons need more maintenance compared to others – so, if you are not experienced, you’d better go with something much easier to maintain. Firearms that require high maintenance would be a pain since you’re not accustomed to how all parts of the weapon work.

Final Thoughts

You have to do your best to find a suitable gun for your needs, and for that to be possible, you must take into account certain aspects. Hopefully, with this guide, you will have an easier time getting the right gun model.

The Kahr Arms Auto Ordnance 9MM 1911 by Nick Jacobellis

In this T&E for Talon Gun Grips we will be reviewing the Made in the USA Government Model style 9mm Auto Ordnance 1911. For the record, Auto Ordnance is no stranger to the firearms industry. My familiarity with Auto Ordnance goes back many years, when I adopted their .30 caliber Paratrooper Model M1 Carbine; a rifle that has been flawlessly reliable. As many of you also
know, the 9mm Kahr Arms P9 (Polymer) Pistol that I own and evaluated for Talon Gun Grips is also a proven design, that has been flawlessly reliable.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OUT OF THE BOX

The first thing that you notice when you examine the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911, is the high quality of the fit and finish of this firearm. Your impression of the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 will soar even higher, when you rack the slide for the first time. This pistol is so easy to operate, I actually wondered if the recoil spring was strong enough to cycle the slide, when this firearm was fired. I mention this, because anyone who has test fired various pistols knows from experience, that some makes and models have noticeably heavy recoil springs. This is not the case with the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911.

Before I began field testing the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 I disassembled this pistol for two reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to inspect the internal components, to see how this pistol  compared to other 1911s, including more expensive firearms. My internal inspection of this pistol revealed, that the Auto Ordnance 1911 is a very well made firearm, with superb fit and finish for a
base model. Second, I always clean and lubricate a new firearm before sending rounds downrange.

SHOTS FIRED

The second I pulled the trigger and I began to field test the Kahr Arms Auto Ordnance Government Model 9mm 1911, I was very impressed with the performance of this firearm. In fact, the first thing you notice, is that the all steel construction of this 9mm 1911 absorbs recoil like a sponge.

In addition to testing this pistol with the 9 round Checkmate magazines that came with this firearm, the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 was also tested with two 9 round 9mm Mec-Gar 1911 magazines that worked well in this pistol. However, I did experience problems with two new 10 round flush fit MecGar 9mm 1911 magazines. This surprised me to no end, because over the years I have found
MecGar magazines to be flawlessly reliable when used in various SIGs, a Walther/ Manhurin PP, two different 9mm Browning Hi Powers, two different CZ 75s, as well as in an IWI 9mm Jericho pistol. I plan to file a T&E report on the use of MecGar 9mm 1911 magazines in a future article.

During the first range session, the all steel Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 functioned reliably with 124 and 147 grain Speer FMJ ammunition, 124 and 147 grain Federal hollow-point ammunition and some old 147 grain BVAC hollow-point ammunition. When I conducted a second range session I tested this pistol with some additional Speer 147 grain FMJ ammo, as well as with 9mm 135 grain
Federal Personal Protection HP ammo and 9mm 124 grain Speer Gold Dot hollow-point ammunition.

As far as accuracy goes, the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 delivered sub-one inch groups at 7 yards from a standing unsupported position. This is pretty impressive when you consider that the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 is equipped with the lowest profile fixed sights imaginable. These  sights are the same sights used on every “plain Jane” Government Issue (G.I.) 1911 that saw widespread service with armed professionals for a large portion of the 20 th Century. I can only assume,
that my familiarization with G.I. model 1911s, made it possible for me to effectively engage targets, with the small fixed sights that are installed on the Auto Ordnance pistol.

During the second range session I effectively engaged a TQ19 Law Enforcement Qualification Target at various distances out to 25 yards. This included making head shots and center mass torso shots, at extended distances with the Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911.

CLOSING REMARKS

The Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 is a pleasure to shoot on a sustained basis and is ideally suited for use by anyone, who is challenged by using a pistol fitted with a heavy recoil spring. The soft  shooting nature of this pistol also makes the 9mm 1911 an excellent training pistol for novice shooters.

As far as features go, the Auto Ordnance 1911 has a 5 inch barrel, a drift adjustable rear sight, military style brown plastic grip panels, a thumb safety, a grip safety and a firing pin block to prevent this firearm from accidentally discharging if dropped. The Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 weighs 38.4 ounces unloaded. While this pistol is currently made in Massachusetts, production of Auto Ordnance 1911s is in the process of being relocated to a facility in Greeley, Pennsylvania. The retail price for the Kahr Arms Auto Ordnance 9mm 1911 is $766. The next 9mm 1911 that I will be evaluating for the Talon Gun Grips Blog and Newsletter is a 9mm Ruger SR1911 (Lightweight) Commander Model.

About the Author

Nick Jacobellis is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working in undercover operations. Prior to joining the U.S. Customs Service the author served as a police officer and investigator for various law enforcement agencies in New York. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and eight books.

The author has a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

Nick’s books include:

Controlled Delivery Book One
Controlled Delivery Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas U.S Marshal Book One
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas US Marshall Book Two
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Book Two Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book I
The Frontline Fugitives Book II
The Frontline Fugitives Book II Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book III
The Frontline Fugitives Book III Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book IV
The Frontline Fugitives Book IV Back Cover

The 9MM IWI Masada By Nick Jacobellis

IWI Madada 9MMThe 9MM IWI Masada

When I initially field tested the 9mm IWI Masada for Police One, this pistol was configured in its factory format and was not equipped with Talon  Rubber Grips. Even so, the Masada proved to be very comfortable to operate and shoot. Other members of my test team were also very impressed with this pistol when it was initially evaluated.

As I continued to field test the Masada, I had a set of Talon Rubber Grips installed on this pistol. Installing a set of Talon Rubber Grips on the Masada improved ergonomics even more, by adding a more positive gripping surface to the frame of this pistol. In addition to increasing the level of comfort when drawing and handling this pistol, the installation of Talon Rubber Grips also made the Masada more comfortable to shoot. This was especially the case during rapid fire drills. I should also mention, that I improved the capabilities of the test pistol even more, when I had a set of three dot Meprolight Night Sights installed on the Masada.

The 9mm IWI Masada is an outstanding high capacity striker fired 9mm pistol, that is considerably more ergonomic than some other makes and  models. (Both 10 and 17 round magazines are available for the Masada.) Hopefully, a subcompact version of the 9mm Masada will be made available in the near future.

About the Author

Nick Jacobellis is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working in undercover operations. Prior to joining the U.S. Customs Service the author served as a police officer and investigator for various law enforcement agencies in New York. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and eight books.

The author has a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

Nick’s books include:

Controlled Delivery Book One
Controlled Delivery Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas U.S Marshal Book One
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas US Marshall Book Two
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Book Two Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book I
The Frontline Fugitives Book II
The Frontline Fugitives Book II Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book III
The Frontline Fugitives Book III Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book IV
The Frontline Fugitives Book IV Back Cover

Heckler and Koch Pistols- A Law Enforcement Officer’s Perspective

By Nick Jacobellis

Hecker and Koch P30SK, HK 45, and P30

Over the years I have trained with, carried and or field tested the following Heckler & Koch firearms: a DA/SA HK Mark 23 .45 ACP (suppressed & un-suppressed) pistol, a DA/SA HK USP 45, a 9mm DA/SA HK USP, a 9mm HK USP Compact LEM trigger, a 9mm DA/SA HK P30, a 9mm HK P30 with a Light LEM Trigger, a 9mm HK P30 SK Sub Compact with a Light LEM Trigger, a 9mm DA/SA HK P2000, a DA/SA HK P2000 in .40 S&W, a DA/SA HK P2000 in .357 SIG, a HK P2000 SK Sub Compact with a Light LEM Trigger in .357 SIG, a 9mm HK P2000 SK Sub Compact with a Light LEM Trigger, a HK VP9, a HK 45 with a Light LEM Trigger and a DA/SA HK45.

For the record, to date, I have NEVER experienced a stoppage or a malfunction of any kind with any of the Heckler and Koch Pistols that I have field tested, trained with and carried.  I have also never experienced a stoppage, or a malfunction of any kind, with any of the 9mm HK MP 5 submachine gun variants that I have tested and trained with.

THE HK LIGHT LEM TRIGGER SYSTEM

Heckler & Koch VP9SK With TALON Grip and Olight

For those of you who are unfamiliar with HK trigger options, the Light LEM has a super smooth and very light Double Action style of trigger travel, that transitions to a striker fired style of trigger to discharge the pistol.  Another way to put this, is to say, the HK Light LEM Trigger system produces a very user friendly cadence, that enables the operator to set up the shot, while the trigger is being cycled to the rear.  At the end of this short, smooth and very consistent DA trigger pull, the operator will engage a striker fired style trigger to fire the pistol.  Simply put, the Light LEM combines the finer points of a DA trigger with a Striker Fired style trigger system.

ERGONOMICS

The ergonomics on the Heckler & Koch P30 are hard to beat

Heckler & Koch entered the so called modern era of firearms production, when they began developing pistols that incorporated the use of different size back straps to “improve” ergonomics. H&K began offering different size back straps on the HK P2000 series of pistols.  HK improved on this technology even more, when they designed the P30 series of pistols.  Every HK P30 includes different size back straps, as well as add on side panels, that are designed to provide subtle changes in ergonomics.  The striker fired HK VP9 and VP9 Sub Compact also offers options, when it comes to the use of interchangeable back straps.

Even though my 9mm DA/SA USP pistol fits my hand like a glove, the USP is an older design that offers no interchangeable back straps or side panel options.  Installing a set Talon Rubber Grips on my USP improved the ergonomics and also provided a more secure grip on the pistol, especially under recoil.  This comment was echoed by a buddy of mine, who ran the firearms training program for the agency that he worked for before he retired.  According to Retired School District Patrol Sergeant Rick Batory, he noticed these improvements even more, when conducting rapid fire drills with his VP9SK Sub Compact. Even though I find my 9mm P30 with the Light LEM Trigger to be a very soft shooting pistol, a set of Talon Pro Grips were installed on this HK to improve the gripping surface on this pistol.

One of the author’s favorite Heckler & Koch pistols, a 9mm USP with a TALON Grip

TOP GUN HECKLER & KOCH PISTOLS

My personal favorite HK Pistols are the 9mm DA/SA HK USP, the HK 45 with a Light LEM Trigger, the 9mm P30 with a Light LEM Trigger, the 9mm P30 SK Sub Compact with a Light LEM Trigger and the 9mm HK P2000 SK Sub Compact with the Light LEM trigger.  While my DA/SA 9mm USP is an excellent “go to war gun” and is very well suited for survival situations and home defense, this pistol is a tad too large for concealed carry during most of the year.  The same is true of the HK45.  

As a result, I consider my 9mm HK P30 Light LEM, the 9mm HK P30 Light LEM SK Sub Compact and the 9mm HK P2000 SK Sub Compact Light LEM to be three Top Guns for concealed carry.  I am also in the process of evaluating a 9mm HK VP9 Sub Compact and will let you know how this pistol compares to other sub compact semi autos.

 CLOSING REMARKS

In addition to improving overall ergonomics, applying a pair of Talon Grips to the gripping surface of a firearm, will also add just enough rubber material to enable you to hold onto your firearm with wet, bloody, or sweaty hands.  You can also soften the impact of recoil by installing a set of Talon Rubber Grips on a handgun.  This is something that I have to deal with, after decades of shooting all types and calibers of handguns.  (Getting older hasn’t helped.)  As a result, I know from experience, that installing the right set of rubber grips on a handgun can make shooting a more comfortable experience.

 About the Author

Nick Jacobellis is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working in undercover operations. Prior to joining the U.S. Customs Service the author served as a police officer and investigator for various law enforcement agencies in New York. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and eight books.

The author has a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

 

Nick’s books include:

 

Controlled Delivery Book One
Controlled Delivery Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas U.S Marshal Book One
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas US Marshall Book Two
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Book Two Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book I
The Frontline Fugitives Book II
The Frontline Fugitives Book II Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book III
The Frontline Fugitives Book III Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book IV
The Frontline Fugitives Book IV Back Cover

The Evolution of Duty Weapons- The Polymer Kahr Arms Pistol

Kahr P9 Polymer

By Nick Jacobellis

Throughout my law enforcement career, the most compact firearms for on and off duty use, as well as for undercover applications, were short barreled .38 special revolvers, or Walther PPK/PP pistols in .380 ACP caliber.  Later on in my career, the available options expanded a bit, to include a number of compact and sub compact handguns that were manufactured in stainless steel.  However, none of the most concealable handguns for super concealed carry were chambered in more substantial calibers. I mention all this, because throughout the bulk of my law enforcement career, I wondered when and if the day would come, when the firearms industry would be able to manufacture, a flawlessly reliable semi automatic 9mm pistol, that was as compact as a Walther PP/PPK.  One of the first companies to do so was Kahr Arms.

Kahr MK9 Stainless

The first Kahr Arms Pistol I ever handled belonged to a police officer on Cape Cod.  The day I compared my friend’s all steel 9mm Kahr 9 to my (French) Manhurin/Walther PP Pistol, I knew that the firearms industry, in particular Kahr Arms,  just took a giant leap into the future. Bear in mind, that Kahr Arms began manufacturing their now famous line of pistols in the mid 1990s. This was a few years shy of the 21st Century and I was finally holding a very compact 9mm pistol, that had a super smooth DAO trigger, that was a dramatic improvement over the PPK/PP pistols, that I carried when I worked undercover.

Before I go any further, you have to understand, that during my LE career when I worked undercover, I would have preferred to carry a sub compact handgun that was chambered in 9mm I felt this way, because when I worked undercover, I usually met one or more major violators while alone, with an unarmed source of information/informant, or with another UC agent who was armed.  When I took three trips to the coast of Colombia on a 100 foot UC vessel in 1990, the most compact handgun I carried was a stainless steel Walther PPK .380 with several spare six round magazines.

Even though my fellow U.S. Customs Agents and I kept 9mm service pistols, an M16, several Colt CAR 15s and Parkerized Remington 870 shotguns hidden all over our vessel, my government issued stainless steel Walther PPK was the firearm that would likely be deployed first, if the you know what hit the fan. This was a serious concern, because we lived in cramped quarters with two major violators on one of the return trips from Colombia.

THE POLYMER KAHR 9

Kahr P9 Polymer with TALON Grips PRO Texture

As innovative as the all steel Kahr 9 was at the time, the pistol that I really wanted, was the model that would become known as the Polymer Kahr 9, or the P9.  I felt this way, because the P9 was lighter to carry, especially in an ankle holster.  The question that I was especially interested in answering, was would the lighter Polymer Kahr 9 be just as comfortable to shoot as the all steel Kahr 9.

SHOTS FIRED

The first time I fired the P9 that I currently own, I immediately knew that this pistol was a keeper.  I felt this way, because after decades of training and field testing a wide variety of firearms, I developed arthritis, which is made worse by age.  Having arthritis has made me more sensitive to recoil than ever before.  The good news is, that I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled the trigger for the first time and I found the lightweight P9 to be pleasant to shoot.  The fact that my Kahr P9 has been flawlessly reliable, also gives me the confidence to use this pistol as a Personal Defense Weapon.

 IMPROVING ON PERFECTION

 As someone who has utilized Talon Grips on various pistols, I decided to install a set of the new Talon Pro Grips on my Polymer Kahr 9.  I decided to do so, because even though Talon grips are relatively thin, they improve on the original design in two critical areas. The first improvement involves increasing the overall circumference of the grip, just enough to improve ergonomics.  When I say “just enough,” I am specifically referring to the noticeable increase in the ability to grip a pistol with more confidence.  This is accomplished by wrapping the original polymer grip with the relatively thin set of Talon rubber grip material.  The texture of a thin set of Talon rubber grips also helps the operator to hold onto a pistol, especially when the firearm is discharged or when your hand is wet.   This capability can also prove to be very helpful when shooting with your weak hand under stress.

 CLOSING REMARKS

 The Talon Pro Grip provides increased texturing, that is aggressive enough to improve your ability to grasp and securely hold onto your pistol.  Quite frankly, I wasn’t sure if I would like this level of texturing, but once I handled and fired my Polymer Kahr 9 I became a fan. As far as my P9 is concerned, this pistol delivers in all categories and is definitely worth owning.

 About the Author

Nick Jacobellis is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working in undercover operations. Prior to joining the U.S. Customs Service the author served as a police officer and investigator for various law enforcement agencies in New York. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and eight books.

The author has a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

 

Nick’s books include:

Controlled Delivery Book One
Controlled Delivery Book Two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas U.S Marshal Book One
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buck Banderas US Marshall Book Two
Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Book Two Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book I
The Frontline Fugitives Book II
The Frontline Fugitives Book II Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book III
The Frontline Fugitives Book III Back Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Frontline Fugitives Book IV
The Frontline Fugitives Book IV Back Cover

Classic Sig Sauer Pistols By Nick Jacobellis

Nick Jacobellis at the range

As you will read in a number of my articles, during my law enforcement career, I was fortunate to work for agencies that allowed varying degrees of flexibility, when it came to agency firearms policies.  This was especially the case, when I served as a U.S. Customs Service Patrol Officer, Air Officer, Special Agent and Senior Special Agent. Having this level of flexibility enabled me to carry various government issued and personally owned firearms in different calibers. In federal service, this level of flexibility authorized the carrying of handguns chambered in 9mm, .45 ACP, .38 Special, .357 Magnum and .380 ACP caliber.

THE 9MM SIG 226

Shortly, after I transferred to Miami in 1985, SIG Sauer established a company based in Virginia called SIGARMS.  SIGARMS was the entity that imported SIG Sauer firearms into the U.S.  Initially, the DA/SA SIG 220 was the first SIG pistol imported into the United States. As a point of information, the Swiss adopted the P226 in 9mm, also known as the P75, as their military service pistol in 1975.  Unlike the more modern design, the original DA/SA SIG 220 was a 9mm pistol that utilized a single column magazine and the European “heel mounted” magazine release, that was located at the bottom of the grip. Because the 1980s was the era when high capacity 9mm pistols were coming into widespread law enforcement service, SIGARMS reacted to this trend by creating the 9mm SIG 226.  In essence, the P226 was a SIG 220 with a redesigned aluminum frame, that accommodated a 15 round magazine and a more traditional frame mounted magazine release button.  The early SIGs were also manufactured with a carbon steel slide assembly.

As soon as the now famous 9mm SIG 226 became available, a buddy of mine put me in contact with a senior gunsmith at SIGARMS.  One thing led to another and before long I became the proud owner of a P226.  When I mentioned my concern about corrosion, due to being stationed in Miami, my new contact at SIG sent me an un-cataloged Parkerized 9mm SIG 226.  Bear in mind, that during this period of time, night sights were initially unavailable.

I took a brief vacation from carrying my 9mm SIG 226 when I transferred to U.S. Customs Air Operations and I was issued a .45 ACP caliber S/A Colt Series 70 Government Model 1911 and a S/A 9mm Browning Hi Power.  When I was promoted again and I became a Special Agent assigned to the Miami Air Smuggling Investigations Group 7, I adopted the 9mm SIG 228 as soon as this pistol became available.  The compact P228 was adopted because this pistol was better suited to my new duties as a criminal investigator.

Sig Sauer P226 with Factory Polymer grips covered with Granulate TALON Grips

The 9mm SIG 225 was also available at that time. The P225 was a SIG 228 size compact pistol that utilized a lightweight alloy frame, that accommodated a single column 8 round magazine.  The original P225 also carried the designation of P6 when used by the West German Police.  (The SIG 228 is basically a high capacity SIG 225.  The 228 was designed to appeal to a market that was gravitating toward the use of higher capacity 9mm pistols.)

Even though I had one of my 9mm SIG 226 pistols Parkerized to aid in corrosion resistance, at no time have I ever owned a firearm that became damaged, or inoperable due to corrosion.  In fact, when I worked in NYC as a uniformed police officer, I carried an issued blue steel Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 Special service revolver in a duty holster in all four seasons.  I also carried a number of other revolvers and pistols that were constructed in “blued steel.” None of these handguns ever failed to work as designed, despite being constantly exposed to the elements. This included my carbon steel 9mm SIG 226 and my carbon steel 9mm SIG 228, both pistols that were carried in torrential rain storms, in and around salt water, throughout the Caribbean, in harsh winter blizzard conditions, as well as in desert terrain.

I mention this because you should be concerned about the impact of corrosion and the use of firearms in harsh operating conditions.  The simple truth is, that even firearms that have a reputation for holding up after exposure to the elements and extensive use, need to be properly maintained.  As a result, I maintain all of my firearms the same way, regardless of how they are constructed and whether they have a corrosive resistant finish.

SIGS EVOLVE

In order to accommodate being chambered in .40 S&W and .357 SIG calibers, SIG developed the SIG 229, a compact pistol on par with the 228, only the 229 was manufactured with a blackened stainless steel slide assembly and a lightweight alloy frame. This also resulted in the development of a “new” P226, the P226 MK25 Navy, the 220, 220 Carry, the 220 Compact, the SP2022, the 239, the M11A1, the 225A1 and the 224 models with the same type of stainless steel slide construction. To aid in corrosion resistance, a Nitron coating was applied to the stainless slide assembly.

The DAK trigger system also came into service as SIG’s version of a Double Action Only style operating mechanism.  Personally, I always believed that the DAK trigger was underrated and deserved more attention.  The DAK trigger system was especially easy to transition to, for end users who were revolver shooters.  In fact, one of THE MOST accurate SIGs I ever owned and trained with, was a P220 Carry Model in .45 ACP, that was fitted with a super smooth DAK trigger.  I also evaluated a SIG 224 with a DAK trigger that was also very easy to shoot with precision.”

Personally, I never cared much for the Single Action Trigger that SIG offers on some of their Classic Series of pistols.  I felt this way, because the SIG S/A trigger on a Classic Pistol like the 220, isn’t really the same S/A trigger that you find on a 1911 style pistol. Instead, the S/A trigger that is offered on Classic SIGs feels like the same S/A trigger that is used on a DA/SA pistol.

          RELIABILITY

In all of the years that I have owned and evaluated SIG pistols, I have never experienced a malfunction or a stoppage of any kind, with any carbon steel made 9mm SIG 226, 9mm SIG 228, 9mm 225, or with a blackened stainless steel made 9mm SIG 226 MK25 Navy Model, a 9mm SIG 226 DAK, a DA/SA SIG 226 in .40 S&W, a DA/SA SIG 226 in ,357 SIG, a 9mm DA/SA SIG 239, a 9mm SIG 239 DAK, a 9mm 239 SAS, a 9mm DA/SA 229, a 9mm 229 DAK, a 229 in .357 SIG with a DAK trigger, a 9mm DA/SA SP 2022,  a DA/SA sig pro 2340 in .40 S&W, a DA/SA SIG 220 Carry Model 45 ACP, a SIG 220 DAK in .45 ACP, two different S/A SIG 220s in .45 ACP, an all stainless DA/SA SIG 220 .45, two different DA/SA 220 Compacts in .45 ACP (one two tone and one black Nitron finished), a 9mm SIG M11 (228), a 9mm SIG M11A1 (228), a SIG 224 DAK in .40, a 9mm DA/SA 224, or a DA/SA SIG 232 in .380.

SIg Sauer P220 Nitron Full Size with Rubber-Black TALON Grips

Of the four full size DA/SA SIG 220s in .45 ACP that I have owned and or evaluated, three were flawlessly reliable. This includes the SIG 220 in .45 ACP that I carried during my career as a U.S. Customs Agent. One of the four full size black Nitron coated 220s  experienced one malfunction that was my fault.  In this instance, I took this 220 to the range after storing this pistol in my safe for a number of months.  Due to a complete lack of lubrication this pistol experienced one stoppage.  Once this 220 was lubricated in the field, it returned to performing without any problems.  This same pistol also experienced a malfunction that was ammunition related.

In addition, one of the DA/SA SIG 229s in 40 S&W that I owned experienced one malfunction due to a defective magazine.  Once the magazine was replaced the pistol functioned flawlessly.  This is why you should NEVER carry any magazine fed firearm before you field test your magazines, to insure that they function reliably at all times, with all kinds of ammunition.  I also experienced a feeding problem with a DA/SA SIG 229 in 40 S&W, while using an early interchangeable .357 SIG barrel  Once this pistol was sent to the factory forinspection, it returned in fine working order.  As stated above, all of the other 229s that I have owned and field tested were flawlessly reliable.

I also tried field testing a new in the box 9mm SIG 226 Enhanced Elite that had to be a factory lemon, because this pistol was horribly unreliable, so much so it wasn’t worth continuing the test.  As you can see from the rather detailed data provided above, encountering a reliability problem with Classic Series SIG Pistols is a very rare occurrence.  The fact that it can happen is the main reason why you must test fire and periodically train with the firearms that you rely on for personal protection and home defense.

TALON TO THE RESCUE

Now that I am older and have arthritis, I noticed that I was beginning to feel the effects of recoil, even though my Classic SIG pistols were equipped with after market screw on rubber grips.  At this point I had two choices.  One was to stop carrying my Classic SIG pistols.  The other option, was to see if installing a set of Talon Rubber Grips on a SIG 228 would provide improved ergonomics, while also serving to tame the effects of recoil.  Much to my surprise, the Talon Grips provided just enough textured rubber material covering the surface of the factory SIG grips, to make my P228 comfortable to grip and shoot with a wide variety of ammunition. Where I’m from they call this a “good deal.”

After conducting this side by side comparison, I also decided to replace the screw on rubber grips that are currently on my SIG 226, with a set of Talon Rubber Grips.  However, be advised that if you intend to remove the original screw on factory SIG grips, once they are covered with Talon Rubber Grips, you need to remove some additional material.  This is necessary to expose the original side panel screws and allow for the removable of the grips.

CLOSING REMARKS 

In a day and age when all kinds of new and improved striker fired pistols are being manufactured, I still find my DA/SA Classic Series carbon steel 9mm SIG Pistols to be just as capable and effective, as any of the more modern designs.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t own and carry more “modern” Personal Defense Weapons.  I use what works for me, because in the end, that’s all that matters. 

About the Author

Nick Jacobellis is a Medically Retired Senior Special Agent of the U.S. Customs Service who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working in undercover operations. Prior to joining the U.S. Customs Service the author served as a police officer and investigator for various law enforcement agencies in New York. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and eight books.

The author has a Bachelor of Science Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is married and has two sons and two grandsons.

Nick’s books include:

Controlled Delivery Book One
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Buck Banderas U.S Marshal Book One
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Buck Banderas US Marshall Book Two
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The Frontline Fugitives Book I
The Frontline Fugitives Book II
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The Frontline Fugitives Book III
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The Frontline Fugitives Book IV
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Pro Grip excels in all areas of firearm use including law enforcement, military, competition, range, and defensive carry. 

 

“The pursuit of innovation is a core principle of TALON Grips,” said Michael Morris, President of TALON Grips. He continued “Our team does not accept good enough, that attitude paid off with the development of our new Pro Grip. The material excels in all applications and situations.”

R&D testers raved about the new grip texture because it provided an incredibly strong grip yet it’s comfortable enough for concealed carry against bare skin. The most common question from the testers was “when can I get this texture on my other guns?”

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TALON eBook Chapter 3: Proper Use of Sights

Having a proper understanding of what your pistol sights do and how to use them properly can do wonders to help your accuracy in target shooting, competition, and defensive scenarios. In a perfect world we’d be able to acquire sight alignment, sight picture, and put the sights on the target with equal height and equal light showing through the front post and rear sight.

That ideally looks like this:


As you can see, both front and rear sights are the same height with the front post centered between the rear sights allowing the same amount of light to pass on either side. When those sights are placed on your target at your chosen distance, that makes your sight picture.

But, we don’t live in a perfect world, and things rarely go as planned, especially where self-defense is concerned.

In a practical defensive shooting scenario, we may not have enough time to properly align the sights as shown above. Instead, all we can rely on is our training, finding the front sight as quickly as possible, and using our shooting fundamentals.

After all, the closer the bad guy is to you, the less your sights matter because of reaction and having a larger target.

Focus on Front Sight or Target?

There is a lot of debate out there coming from different pistol instructors about if it’s better to focus on the front sight or the target while shooting.

If you’ve been around guns for a while, you’ve likely heard instructors from both camps. Some say to focus on the front sight, others say to focus on the target. Then there are those who will say that there is truth to both.

The best thing, and what most instructors teach, is to focus on the front sight while shooting unless you cannot for some reason like if the target is too close. If the target is right on top of you, you won’t be able to focus on much of anything but the target.

Having said that, while you should focus on the front sight, proper sight picture includes also knowing your target and having the ability to track the target should it start to move while still engaging you.

You should therefore still be able to see the target beyond the front sight.

MULTIPLE TARGETS:

It’s a good idea to practice engaging more than one target. Studies have shown that attackers tend to travel in groups, and if you are ever attacked it’s a good idea to know how to engage more than one target.

Shooting at multiple targets may seem intimidating, but at its very core it is quite simple. Things need to happen in a specific order:

  1. Awareness of target
  2. Eyes to target
  3. Gun to target/eyes

You must be aware that there is another target that needs to be engaged, then you need to shift your eyes to that target. Finally, you move your muzzle/sights to your eyes, find your front sight, and engage the target.

You can practice this in the comfort of your own home using nothing more than your eyes and your pointer finger.

Become aware that the clock on the wall is now a target, shift your eyes to it, and then extend your arm fully, pointing to it with your trigger finger.

Then, while still pointing at the clock, become aware that your houseplant is your next target, shift your focus/eyes to it, and then move your finger over to it.

If you’re like most people, you’ll be able to point exactly at that target with your finger just a moment after seeing it with your eyes. Your finger should point directly at the clock, plant, or whatever else you want to use.

When you do this with your gun, the same principle applies. The only difference is that the other shooting fundamentals, like your grip, have to remain intact.

ONE EYE OR TWO?

This tip admittedly doesn’t necessarily help your accuracy out in terms of what you may be thinking but it still has importance in the context of defensive shooting, and winning the fight.
Shoot with both eyes open. If you can, that is. Some folks are medically unable to use both eyes when shooting, so this does not apply to them.

There are a few reasons why shooting with both eyes open is better. First, if you’re presented with a threat in real life, you’ll likely respond to that threat by keeping both eyes open, not closing one of them.

Second, you’ll have increased peripheral vision and, therefore, better situational awareness should there be multiple attackers you need to defend against.

There are inherent problems with using both eyes, however. For example, you’ll likely see two guns. You’ll see one gun directly in front of your dominant eye and your aligned sights, and another at a slight angle from your non-dominant eye.

You will probably get to a point where you don’t even notice the second, angled one after practicing for a while. But, it could still trip you up, at least at first.

It should also be said that shooting with both eyes open is generally meant for defensive shooting distances of no more than 15-20 yards away. If you ever need to engage a target further than that, closing the other eye may help.
You won’t always have time to acquire proper sight picture. When you can, it’s great. However, you may also want to practice shooting without your sights, just to make sure you can, as well as figuring out to which distances you can effectively do it.

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TALON eBook Chapter 2: Proper Draw Technique

If you ever need to defend yourself, having a proper draw is critical. If you draw your gun the wrong way, don’t get a proper grip from the draw, or do something else wrong, it can hurt your chances of survival when you need it most.

CLEAR YOUR CLOTHING GARMENT:
There are a few different factors for an effective draw. The first factor, or thing you must master, is clearing your clothing garment out of the way before you pull your gun out of the holster. This can be easier said than done, and does require practice to get right.

The way you do this properly depends largely upon where you carry your gun, but there is one thing that remains certain regardless of where you carry: You must get your covering shirt, jacket, or vest completely out of the way before you de-holster your gun.

If you’re carrying in the appendix position, or strong side hip, this means pulling your garment up high to prevent snagging or accidentally gripping a piece of clothing with your gun.

Some folks use two hands to get their covering garment out of the way, while others use one hand. Either can be right for you, but you must practice whatever you choose to get it down. Even the most experienced shooters get this step wrong from time to time.

AT THE RANGE:
This may sound strange, but there is also a place for dry firing while at the range. This is something people who are used to dry firing in their home don’t think about. However, if you start to notice you’re dropping your shots while you’re doing live fire, unload your gun and dry fire at your target a few times.

This will help you isolate the problems you’re having. For example, let’s say you’re flinching (anticipating the shot). If you start to dry fire at the range after doing a few magazines, you’ll still likely flinch while doing it dry.

Pressing off a few dry fire shots will help you get back on track by reinstilling those all-important fundamentals.

And, in fact, dry fire practice is one of the best tools to help you diagnose a flinch–which is a huge cause for shooting accuracy issues.

A flinch usually occurs when you’re anticipating the recoil of the firearm. Your body has an automatic response to trouble. If you’re falling, your body’s automatic response is to put out your arms to brace for the fall.

When you’re shooting, your body will try to lessen the recoil a bit by pushing against the gun. You have to train yourself to prevent this from happening. One of the ways to do this is by dry firing both at home and at the range after shooting to find out if you’re doing it, and how much. Even the most accomplished shooters flinch from time to time and the only way to overcome it is by practicing.

Dry fire practice will help you get that much-needed trigger time, even in the comfort of your own home. Practice whenever you can.


SHOOTER’S GRIP:
The next factor usually makes or breaks defensive shooters, or those who compete in matches.

To draw effectively one must get a solid shooter’s grip on the gun before it ever leaves the holster. The key here, is to grip it up as high on the backstrap as you can to help you mitigate recoil once you start shooting.

This is one of the reasons many folks are inaccurate when they shoot, especially from the draw. They don’t have a proper, high grip on their pistol. This makes follow up shots a lot harder. The gun moves back to the rear, the muzzle flips up, then, believe it or not, the muzzle will even dip as the slide moves forward, a lot of the time.

The next step in the draw, is to pull the gun up high out of your holster. Again, the reason it goes up high is to make sure it doesn’t snag on anything, and as a bonus, this helps you with the next part of the draw.

At this point, your support hand is still up high on your chest holding your garment. As you bring the gun up, you’ll release the garment and bring your two hands together as you start to form your two handed grip. You should already have a solid, dominant hand grip on your gun should you need to defend yourself before your support hand comes into play. You should begin to punch the gun outward away from your body and toward your target.

FIND YOUR SIGHT:
The next critical aspect of the draw is acquiring your front sight. Every shooter will do this at different speeds, but it is a best practice to acquire the front sight sometime during the extension of your gun.

This allows you to shoot earlier if necessary to defend life, and also allows you better accuracy at a faster rate.
Finding your front sight during this process is not the easiest thing and should be practiced in both live fire whenever possible, and at home during dry fire practice.

Having a proper drawing technique that you can practice will only help your chances of survival and increase your accuracy when you shoot from the draw.

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