Revisiting Sig Sauer Part 1
Moving at the speed of air
By Dennis Adler
No company has tried harder to meet the needs for CO2 firearms training and the demands of the consumer airgun market in so short a time. Since late 2015, when the P226 ASP was unveiled, until mid 2018, Sig Sauer has developed and introduced seven air pistols and two semi-auto tactical air rifles. Shown are six of the seven CO2 pistols currently sold by Sig Sauer, (clockwise from the top) the P226 ASP, shown in FDE with suppressor kit, the Spartan 1911, X-Five ASP, WE THE PEOPLE 1911, Max Michel 1911, and P320 in coyote tan.
A little over two years ago international armsmaker Sig Sauer, manufacturer of military, law enforcement and civilian handguns and rifles, did something quite unexpected; they introduced a CO2 powered pellet pistol based on their P226 9mm semiautomatic handguns. The P226 was the same pistol being carried by U.S. Navy SEALs and other U.S. military units, and as federal, state and local law enforcement sidearms. The reaction to Sig Sauer’s introduction of the P226 ASP was summed up in a January 2016 article by the editors of On Target magazine, who wrote: “What would you give for a CO2 powered, semi-automatic, .177 Cal. pellet pistol that looked just like, weighed about the same as, had all the same controls – including the trigger system – and fit in the same holster as your center-fire P226? How about $110.99? For our money (and not much of that), this is the absolute best practice gun available for P226 shooters.” A few weeks later I had the chance to do a T&E on the new P226 ASP in Combat Handguns magazine (this is before I began writing the Airgun Experience column for Pyramyd Air in May 2016) and in my review I noted that, “The Navy SEAL version ASP has an overall length of 7.75 inches including the threaded 5-inch barrel, a height of 5.5 inches and width 1.26 inches, including grips and safety/decocking lever. The P226 Combat 9mm specs out at 8.3 inches in overall length with a 5-inch threaded barrel, 5.5 inches in height and 1.5 inches in width; once again right in the ballpark for handling exercises right down to pulling the trigger.” Dani Navickas, Sig Sauer’s ASP Air Division product manager backed that up by noting, “We designed our initial offering of airguns to look and feel like Sig Sauer centerfire guns, with similar weight and trigger pull for training purposes.”