The Best Sig Sauer Handguns For Carry & Home Defense

Michael R Crites


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Sig Sauer makes an astonishing number of weapons, and we’ve received a number of requests for our take on the best of the Sig line-up – so here it is – a list of the best Sig Sauer handguns, rifles, and PDWs. 

Sig pistols are legendary – from the original P230 to the new M17 modular system (which won the US Military’s pistol shootout & subsequent contract) – these Sid handguns are the best of the best, which is saying quite a bit when you’re talking about Sig Sauer products.

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Sig Sauer Pistol Comparison

Below is my list of the best shooting Sig Sauer pistols for 2022. I list the best choices in terms of value, performance, design, and cost.

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Our Top Sig Sauer Pistols

1. Sig Sauer P365

The P365 is one of the most reliable, lightweight, and easy-to-carry Sig handguns ever produced. In 2018, the company replaced both the metal-framed P239 and polymer P290 with something about the same size but added a 10-round, 12-round, or 15-round magazine capacity in a salute to the “every day, 365” set — the P365.

The Sig 365 is super easy to disassemble & service

The resulting pistol just about broke the carry market and has proven to be one of Sig’s most popular introductions of all time.

With a width of just one inch, this high-quality all-metal pistol has the right mix of ergonomics & performance to top our list and top the list of most pistols designed for those who carry concealed or want a proven pistol for home defense.

The XMacro is like your other P365, just bigger.
The XMacro is like your other P365, just bigger.

Taking a step beyond the tiny carry model P365, we took the P365 XMacro out for a spin to see what the latest innovation in the P365 platform had to offer. It didn’t disappoint.

2. Sig Sauer P320

The United States Military official handgun. If it’s good enough for Uncle Sam it’s good enough for us. A remarkable striker fired pistol platform for the next decade. 

SIG P365 XMacro w Sig Foxtrot G19X w TLR7A Sig P320 with Inforce Wild
SIG P365 XMacro w Sig Foxtrot G19X w TLR7A Sig P320 with Inforce Wild

Led by Sig engineer Ethan Lessard, the project that would become the P320 pistol were intitally started in the P250 format, with the first two prototypes using  Sig’s standard protocol of magazine removal and slide lock before disassembly is possible which eventually went nowhere.

Sig P320 with Inforce Wild WML
Sig P320 with Inforce Wild WML

Sig’s striker-fired pistol project kicked back off around 2011, with one prototype way outside the norm for striker-fired guns because it cocked on opening like a hammer-fired pistol.

Sig eventually chose to enable the P320 to cock on closing, as well, giving the P320 a remarkably good feel in hand, a distinctive look, and a relatively low bore axis — all of which results in less muzzle rise and reduced time between shots.

Also worth noting, the P320 sports a manual safety, a key Army requirement.

The beauty of the Sig 320 in action.

The P320 is double action only, which means a single trigger pull both cocks and releases the firing pin, firing the gun quick;y and effectively. 

3. Sig Sauer P229

When the .40 S&W cartridge was introduced in 1990 at the SHOT Show, the industry more or less jumped into the deep end of this so called “compromise cartridge.”

But not everyone.

Many brands introduced .40 pistols that were just rechambered 9mms, Sig determined that the high slide velocity and significant pressure curve of the .40S&W required some significant engineering to get right, so they wanted a full l2 years later, and in 1992 the P229 was one of the first .40S&W pistols that truly worked.

Sig P229
Sig P229

The 229 Legion is one of 3 pistols introduced with the launch of the Legion Series. These are factory semi-custom variants of classic Sig pistols that offer premium upgrades not available on the stock versions.

The P229 packs a more rugged, slightly thicker slide than the P228, which, along with its metal frame, adds some weight, eventually landing about an ounce and a half heavier than the P228 — which works well with the snappy .40S&W cartridge.

If you’re going to pick up a double-action carry pistol – the Legion version of the P229 is a superb example of a Sig pistol engineered to keep the .40S&W under control. 

These Legion pistols are simply outstanding

4. Sig Sauer SP2022

Often overlooked in favor of the P365 and P320s of the world, the SP2022 is an affordable 9MM Sig designed to compete with Glocks and other polymer-framed handguns. All the quality, reliability, and experience of a Sig in a more affordable package. 

Sig has entered the polymer pistol market a few times, in both instances with polymer frame, hammer-fired, double action guns. The Sig Pro, introduced more than twenty years ago, is still on offer in the Model 2022, and chambered in 9mm Luger, .40 S&W, and .357 Sig. This budget version of P-series Sigs hasn’t been on the radar screen of polymer pistol buyers – who often opt for the Glocks or Smith & Wesson M & Ps of the world, which is a shame, as the 2022 gives plastic fantastic fans a lot of what they want in other brands with s touch more style.

Taking the SP2022 to the range

5. Sig Sauer 938

Chambered in 9MM – the P938 micro is just 5.9″ long and offers a 3″ barrel. Perfect for CCW – with a manual safety & external hammer paired with a 6+1 capacity and night-sights. 

Slightly snappy, which you'd expect from a micro 9MM.

6. Sig Sauer 1911

Sig updating the 1911 platform for the modern shooter. Every bit as good as other compacts but with the distinct 1911 look and feel.

Tight, compact, and impressively useful.

7. Sig Sauer 1911 TacOps

Perfect for suppressed applications or users who want a full-sized tactical pistol. 

Recommended Sig Sauer Optics

In addition to their premium firearms,  Sig Sauer makes a collection of high-end optical products – from scopes to binoculars and range-finders. Here’s our collection of the best Sig Sauer optics.

Sig Sauer Rangefinders

In addition to their premium firearms,  Sig Sauer makes a collection of high-end optical products – from scopes to binoculars and range-finders. Here’s our collection of the best Sig Sauer optics.


There are a lot of Sig pistols and optics available, so we hope this list winnowed your options down to a manageable set.

All of our selections met the important criteria for the best Sig Sauer firearms and optics anyone would need:

  • Consistent performance a the range
  • Lots of options to personalization
  • Firearms are available in full and concealed carry options
  • Optics have ratings higher than 4 stars

I hope you enjoyed this article and will find it useful for selecting your next Sig product. If you have any questions or feedback for me, please drop us a line.

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