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Old 01-01-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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New Sig owner with questions

Hi, I just recently purchased a Sig p250SC in 9mm and 40 S&W. I took the gun to the range for the first time today and I must say that I can't hit the broad side of a barn with it at 7 yards. I'm a good pistol shot and have other guns, both revolvers and semis and I can hit what I aim at. I've heard the this gun is very accurate and I expect that it is, I just need some pointers to get me on the paper. Just to check myself, after shot a few mags thru the Sig, I got out my Dan Wesson 15-2 357mag and shot a 4" group on the same target I was having trouble hitting with the Sig.
The gun has the standard triticon dot sites and I held on center of a 12x18 man shape target and I had no consistency at all.
I'm going to try a very large sheet of white cardboard to try and see where the rounds are landing so that I can figure out where to hold to get some accuracy. Could there be something wrong with the sights on this gun? I'm very frustrated as I want to use this gun for a carry gun but I need to be able to hit what I'm aiming at.
Overall, I liked the way the gun felt and handled, recoil wasn't bad at all and I like the simple double action trigger. The gun feels well balanced and I had no feed jams or malfunctions.
Anybody got any ideas for a new Sig shooter?



BTW I was shooting 40 S&W full metal jacket today.

I just finished cleaning the gun and I noticed that the barrel is showing alot of scuffing of the blueing especiall on the top of the barrel, is this normal? I only ran about 75 rounds thru the gun. I can't see what it is scuffing against, as there is no wear on the slide.
Do I have some kind of problem and how would I check?

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Old 01-01-2012, 03:11 PM   #2
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Sig "Smileys" and Sights

"Smileys" on the barrel occur because of the barrel locking up and are normal - nothing to worry about. I usually put a heavy oil on the barrel and smear a little grease around on the inside of barrel opening on the front of the slide during reassembly. I also put a little grease on the locking lug - anywhere there is shiny metal.

As for accuracy, shooters new to Sigs need to familiarize themselves with the sight picture Sig uses on their guns. Using the sight picture displayed in image #3 will help you get started.


Sigs are set up for defensive purposes - i.e. drive the dot and shoot the dot. Some shooters opt to change their sights to #2 to work along side other guns they use more for target work.

Hope this helps...Sig Marine (Certified Sig Armorer)
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Old 01-01-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for info. I found my 290 shooting consistently low among three different shooters, each using sight picture three. Elevating sight above percieved gun target line seemed to corrrect; is this normal?
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:31 PM   #4
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From Sig Marine's diagrams, I typically will aim as shown in sight image 2... If the rounds are hitting low, you can compensate and aim higher. Also, check and make sure the sights are the correct ones for your caliber.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:03 PM   #5
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How can you check for caliber specific sights?

Does anybody make a laser sight that fits on the P250SC? Why didn't SIG put a flare on the rail on the SC, they did it for the C and full size. I don't want to carry a full size gun to have laser sights. So far not too happy with SIG.

My gun came as a 9mm and I got the caliber X-change kit for 40 S&W, wondering now if the sights are setup for the 9 and that is why I'm inaccurate? I didn't shoot the 9 today, got rained out. I planned on carrying 40 but 9 would do.
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Thanks Sig Marine that helps. I got a laser bore sight and put it in the chamber and checked my point of aim against my sights and they are right on, but I have to use the #3 sitght picture to cover the laser dot. I practiced with the laser in the gun in my basement and I found out that the long DOA trigger pull was causing me to move the barrel to the right. I took the gun to the range to day and put it in a rest and aligned the bore sight with the target center and then fired three shots off the rest at the 10 yd target. They were right on center, so the gun is fine. I then proceeded to shoot off hand at the target and I learned something about myself and this gun. At first I was shooting very low, but center, like over a foot low! It seems like when I have the gun lined up on tagret like I'm holding it muzzel high and I was dipping the barrel. As soon as I could see the holes in the sheet of cardboard I had the target attached to, I realized my error. To make a long story short, after about 150 rounds of 9mm I can now shoot groupings I can cover with my hand. Not where I want to be but definately progress! I put the 40 slide on and had even better groupings with the 40 cal. so the equipment checks out, just have to keep working on it. I found that I like to stage the trigger about half way then squeeze off the round and I don't get the pull to the right. I'm hoping to be able to shoot at least once a week for awhile as I just joined an indoor gun club, good thing since it was 22 degrees outside today while I was at the outdoor range. Had to quit when my fingers went numb.
Thanks for the advice on the sight picture. I really like this gun and I'm glad I'm figuring out how to shoot it.


BTW I called SIG this morning and asked if anybody makes a laser sight for P250SC and they told me that in about a month they are going to release a new grip/frame that will have rails on it like the compact and full size now have. I will be ordering one as soon as they are available as a laser is a great tool to help get on the target.

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Old 01-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #7
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The most common thing I've read about P250 is "my gun shoots low" as did mine
I had a Gen1 250 40 Compact and it had the wrong sight in it from the factory.

Front sight should be an 8

Combat sight pattern 3 is correct

Also the long DA pull does take time to get used to, it will improve your SA shooting
but the DA requires a steady pull, it's smooth and takes practice, normally what happens is you dip the gun and you end up low or low left.

Once I got the 8 front I was no longer low, just left which was me..
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Both my slides have #8 front sights. I need to keep practicing, but I'm happy now that I know it was me and I know how to correct my technique to get some consistency and accuracy.
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Also the long DA pull does take time to get used to, it will improve your SA shooting but the DA requires a steady pull, it's smooth and takes practice, normally what happens is you dip the gun and you end up low or low left...
HRK is absolutely correct in that the DA should be one continuous pull.

A great way to improve your DA is to practice "dry-firing". It's economical as well as convenient. After triple checking the firearm is clear and no ammunition is in the same room, I put a small rubber "O" ring washer in the rear of the slide to protect the firing pin and will dry-fire in DA only for 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times a week, to maintain muscle memory and sight control. Work on a smooth steady pull while maintaining your sight picture, even after the trigger breaks.

Another thing you can do is go to the range and ONLY shoot DA. I do some work with new women shooters and will load 1 round in each of their magazines. Do a little dry-firing and then have them insert a magazine in the gun, rack or release the slide and DECOCK. Shoot the round DA, let the slide lock back and do the process over again. This teaches loading and decocking the weapon to make it safe, as well as DA shooting. I also have them dry fire between every 10-15 mags/rounds to try and have them mentally focus on the fact that shooting is nothing more than dry-firing with noise. If I notice them anticipating the shot and bucking a little, I do the dry-fire routine more often. I have them do this until we shoot 50 rounds the first outing and 100 rounds the second. These basic sessions help build confidence in their ability to handle the weapon, making it safe and shooting DA/SA as well give them the tools to self diagnose shooting problems later.

Hope this helps...Sig Marine (Certified Sig Armorer)
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:34 PM   #10
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My P250 is double action only, so I have no choice but to fire DA. I was staging the trigger at first to control muzzel deflection, but now don't bother as I've figured out how to cancel that. I've been using snap caps to dry fire for practice. I also use a laser boresite while I'm dry firing so I can see wheather I'm pulling or flinching.

Anybody have any ammo recommendations for the P250SC? I've been using the Remington UMC stuff from Wally World since its cheap and available but I'm wondering if the gun likes any particular brand/load/bullet weight more than another? I'll start practicing with a hollow point round when I'm better with the gun and before I attempt to carry this gun.

Also, anybody have any holster recommendations for this gun and a source? I'm thinking inside the waistband on my strong side.
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Slide loose?

I just received my P250 today and took it apart to examine it. One thing that I noticed is that the slide seems loose from the polymer frame. Is this normal? This is my first gun purchase, while I am a novice when it comes to guns, I have shot and cleaned a couple before but I am a little confused about the looseness of this slide. Could someone help?
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Got it checked

Got my P250 checked out. All is good with it. The guy said that some of the slides on guns have are looser than others and mine passed with flying colors.
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"Smileys" on the barrel occur because of the barrel locking up and are normal - nothing to worry about. I usually put a heavy oil on the barrel and smear a little grease around on the inside of barrel opening on the front of the slide during reassembly. I also put a little grease on the locking lug - anywhere there is shiny metal.

As for accuracy, shooters new to Sigs need to familiarize themselves with the sight picture Sig uses on their guns. Using the sight picture displayed in image #3 will help you get started.


Sigs are set up for defensive purposes - i.e. drive the dot and shoot the dot. Some shooters opt to change their sights to #2 to work along side other guns they use more for target work.

Hope this helps...Sig Marine (Certified Sig Armorer)
I am new to sig guns, does your comment apply to the sp 2022 also? My first range outing with my gun had me shooting low and to the left. I was shocked at the results. I was using sight picture #2.
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