SIG designed the SP2022 (a.k.a., SIG Pro 2022) as France’s replacement for the aging PAMAS handgun (licensed copies of the Beretta 92FS). Le SIG built the SP2022 for a service lifetime of 20 years, hence the model designation. Just to keep the two’s in fashion, Les Français began replacing the older SIGs with the newer nine in 2002. Some 250k SP2022’s are now in Gallic hands. While the cheese eating you-know-whats might not plan to keep the SP2022 around forever, the handgun may have found a long term home in the American market
To my eyes, the SP2022 is the best looking gun for the money. It’s not hard to see why: It looks exactly like the SIG Sauer P229R, and you have scores of people paying college tuition money for that. Except with the SP2022, you get the look and in many ways the performance of a $900 gun for less than $450. Think Corvette Stingray
It’s often called “SIG’s best kept secret”, and for good reason. While Sig lavishes much of their attention on the P320 and the Legion series of handguns, the SP2022, one of Sig’s earliest polymer frame pistols, continues to fly under the radar for most shooters. This is a shame — the SP2022 gives up nothing in quality and can be found for far less than the vast majority of SIG’s offerings in the handgun market. And the fact remains that many of us love Sig Sauer’s offerings, but simply can’t afford them.
The SP2022 on the other hand brings to the table the quality that we expect from Sig Sauer and at an affordable price.