I was in law enforcement in 1975 when the SIG Sauer (usually termed just “SIG”) series of pistols hit the American market. The Swiss-German firm made an interesting pistol with one of the first DA/SA trigger systems, and that feature alone drew a lot of favorable attention. A unique gun, the P220 came in .45 ACP, .38 Super, 9 mm Luger and .30 Luger. I have fired the first three calibers extensively and have never seen the last. That caliber, the original chambering for the Luger pistol, has never had any significant popularity in the United States. For sales in Europe, it was easy to build a P220 in .30 Luger. The gun was cleverly designed to be adaptable to any normal pistol caliber by simple substitution of parts. That’s important, but there is more tactical appeal to the decocker/no safety lockwork and rugged durability. They really caught my fancy.
In early October 1918, men from the 77th Division, a draftee division mostly from New York City, advanced into the Argonne Forest as part of a massive American attack. Although the men were from three different battalions and two machine gun companies, the fewer than 600 men, cut off and surrounded, were soon known as the “Lost Battalion.” In an epic fight, trapped behind enemy lines, the Doughboys used the .30-’06 Sprg. U.S. 1917 Enfield rifle, the .45 ACP U.S. M1911 pistol, the 1915 Chauchat light machine gun and 1914 Mitrailleuse, heavy machine gun, both in 8 mm Lebel to fight off the Germans. Instead of surrendering, they said, “Come and get us.” Seven Medals of Honor were awarded for this action, as well as 30 Distinguished Service Crosses.
Q: I would like advice concerning the use of “shotshells” in pistols. I typically carry a revolver when clearing brush on my 35 acres due to encounters with snakes. In my six-shooter I feel more secure carrying CCI .38 Spl. shotshells loaded with approximately 135 pellets of No. 9 shot. Though the lead shot is encased in transparent blue plastic, are there concerns with barrel leading? I have not yet experienced performance issues, but will continued use of pistol-caliber shotshells affect the gun, more specifically, the barrel’s rifling?
Well, we made it. My recent range session consisted of SIG Sauer ammunition—124-gr. ball (200) and 124-gr. V-Crowns (60)—and brought the total round count to 2,016. More than 2,000 rounds through Smith & Wesson’s M&P9 M2.0 Compact, and not a single malfunction. No ammunition issues, no magazine issues, no firearm issues.
Designed to be used as a secondary, non-magnified sighting solution aboard carbines primarily utilizing a magnified optic, XS Sights’ XTI (Xpress Threat Interdiction) line allows for quick, close-range target acquisition without forcing the shooter to break his or her cheekweld or fiddle with the scope.
The FBI just released the NICS check numbers for February, and last month was the second-highest on record for the period—eclipsed only by 2016’s figure. The total number of background checks the law enforcement agency performed in the 28 days was 2,333,193. The number is considered a relative gauge of overall firearm sales, although the “barometer’s” readings are off in most cases due to renewed carry permits run through the system and other factors.