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Old 04-03-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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E2022 or SP2022 difference?

So what is difference between a E2022 and the SP2022?
Are these reliable pistols? Plastic guiderods can be changed.
Are there other plastic parts? They are so cheap compared
to say a 229 that its almost to good to be true.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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On my SP2022 the only "plastic" parts are the frame and the guide rod and they are a very sturdy polymer much stronger than your standard plastic like high density polyethelene. There is nothing "cheap" about my SP2022 but the price I paid for it and I believe that to be a common opinion with all the other owners of SP2022's on this forum. I would trust my life to the reliablity of mine.
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Lots of guns come with plastic guide rods and I've heard nothing about them not working correctly.

I think mag capacity is the difference on the model numbers, I could be wrong.
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I had the same thought about the plastic rod and when I mentioned it, I was reminded that Glock has had them for years with no problems.
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As far as accuracy goes, an sp2022 is gonna be pretty tough to beat. at 15 yds, i can consistently break 10 clay pigeons with a 12 rd magazine.
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So what is difference between a E2022 and the SP2022?
Are these reliable pistols? Plastic guiderods can be changed.
Are there other plastic parts? They are so cheap compared
to say a 229 that its almost to good to be true.
Thanks
Rather than "cheap", think of them as an excellent value. Don't own one (yet) myself, but so many members here do own and speak highly of them.
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They aren't "cheap" in build quality and design. A better word is "inexpensive." I trust my life to mine after 500 rounds. Very accurate.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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All versions of the SP2022 are called the SP2022. The E2022 is the catalog number.
All E2022s are SP2022 but not all SP2022s are E2022.
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I had the same thought about the plastic rod and when I mentioned it, I was reminded that Glock has had them for years with no problems.
Agreed, my P229 stainless elite came with a plastic guide rod and it cost almost 3 times what a 2022 cost. It has given me no issues.
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While we're on the subject, the Beretta 92s have been shipping with plastic guide rods and triggers (I believe) for a while now, again, haven't heard of any problems.

So far, we have Sig, Glock, Beretta on the list. Lots of high time Sigmas too, so lets add Smith.
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Plastics are available in so many forms and provide real advantages compared to more traditional materials (metals); weight, corrosion resistance, cost, producibility. You might question a company that didn't incorporate them in some appropriate form in their products - even gun manufacturers.
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Yeah, that "plastic" guide rod is there for a purpose. In fact, I've read of people having problems with these stainless steel replacement rods, because they don't "give" in a certain way, thereby causing increased stress on another part of the gun. Don't fall for the marketing hype. That guy's making a ton of vacation money selling those steel rods. Wish I'd thought of it... (-;

SIG is able to get the price down by using a certain polymer in the frame, which also saves weight.

The SP2022 is a superb pistol; people have shot 50,000 rounds through them without a single hitch. It's the official side arm of the French military and police, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the US Army Tank & Armament Command, and many law enforcement agencies. Plus, I love that beautiful 4 lb. single action trigger pull. Some people even shoot IPSC with 2022's.

For $399 at Academy, it is a gem of a good deal. With 16 rounds (15+1) of 9mm ammo in the gun, just lubricate it (especially the trigger mechanism), break it in with a couple hundred rounds and you're good to go.

Incidentally, one thing I've noticed is that some 2022s, even in gun shops in the same town, come with 10 round magazines instead of 15 round magazines. Just a heads up.

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The guide rod's main purpose is something for the recoil spring to ride on to keep it from binding. I'd rather have plastic. Why? Because it is not going to wear on the slide at all as compared to a metal guide rod.
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The difference is that the E2022 comes with grips that are modeled to look like E2 grips (although it's not a "true" E2 pistol), an internal lanyard loop, and 2 mags.
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SP= 10 round mags
E = 15 round mags.
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