Somewhere between the ideas of one-size-fits-all to a customized gun, Sig Sauer has developed a system of modular handguns called the P250 series. It allows a buyer to choose the combination of frame, grip and caliber to meet specific requirements, an idea that makes perfect sense but seems almost too good to be true. We’ll review one iteration of this series, the Sig Sauer P250C 9mm to show how it does, in fact, work very well.
Eli Whitney is remembered for applying interchangeable parts to firearms in 1801, when he made a live demonstration before a Congressional committee in order to win a government contract. He didn’t originate the idea, of course, but he marketed it so well that he made the ideal of interchangeability a standard for manufacturing.
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Sig Sauer has taken that concept one step further, with the modular P250 system. It’s possible to choose from different calibers – 9mm, .380 ACP, .40 S&W, .357 SIG and .45 ACP – and three different barrel/slide sizes (full, compact and subcompact). Then, the customer can mix-and-match different grip circumferences and trigger styles. The model at hand, the P250C 9mm, is the compact version in that caliber.
Of course, the key to this system is interchangeable parts. This isn’t a matter of ordering a self-designed pasta dish at a restaurant: the parts have to fit and function to precise tolerances. Which they do, with the precision of a Swiss watch (sorry, couldn’t resist). This goes beyond changing backstraps or ordering after-market triggers, let alone shipping a brand-new handgun off to a customizing shop for work. The parts have been designed, manufactured and finished to provide out-of-the-box fit that shows no play or wobble at all.
The P250C 9mm, as with the entire series, is a DAO action with a trigger pull between 5.5 and 6.5 pounds. In this model, the 3.9″ barrel provides for an overall length of 7.2″ with an overall height of 5.1″ and overall width of 1.3″ (using the standard grip). Using a polymer grip with stainless steel inserts and a Nitron finish on the rail, it is a solid, practical carry firearm, made easier with a 26.5 oz. weight (with magazine).
The controls are the mag release (which can reversed by the owner), a takedown lever and ambidextrous slide releases. It’s simple and basic, the way that a large school of shooting prefers. Standard sights are 3-dot adjustable contrast, but SIGLITE night sights are available. These are set on a sight radius of 5.8″.
With a 13+1 capacity and accessory rail, this model is practical for home defense or carry. Range reports from across the line show that it has the reliability and accuracy that you’d expect from a Sig Sauer.
More to the point, for this model, the Sig Sauer P250C 9mm can form the core of an entire series of handguns, each fitted out for a specific purpose. With one handgun, an owner can change grips or frame sizes, all based on a singular, familiar system. Eli Whitney, eat your heart out.