SIG P228 9 x 19mm pistol

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The SIG P228 is a compact semi-automatic pistol made by SIG Sauer and is chambered for 9 x 19mm Parabellum. A compact version of the P226, the P228 is in use with various law enforcement agencies and also the US military, where it is designated the M11. The P228 has a 15mm shorter slide and barrel and a magazine capacity of 13 rounds.

Its big brother the P226 was designed for entry into the XM9 Service Pistol Trials held by the US army in 1984 to find a replacement for the M1911A1, only the Beretta 92F and the SIG P226 satisfactorily completed these trials and the Beretta was awarded the M9 contract solely on their lower package price. The US navy SEALS however, chose the P226 later.

The standard SIG P228 incorporates a decocking lever on the left side of the frame above the magazine release button, which first appeared on the Sauer 38H proir to WWII, which allows the hammer to be dropped safely. In chambering or firing a round the actuation of the slide automatically cocks the hammer.

By using the decocking lever, the hammer can be decocked without actuating te firing pin disconnect, making it impossible to actually fire the weapon using the decocking lever. Furthermore, using the decocking lever makes the weapon ‘drop safe’ which means the firing pin will be blocked from striking a loaded round unless the trigger is pulled.

Properly decocked the pistol can be holstered safely and can be fired in double action by simply pulling the trigger.

SIG firearms are manufactured both in Eckernforde, Germany by J.P. Sauer und Sohn GmbH and in Exeter, New Hampshire, United States by SIG Sauer Inc.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this pistol is appropriate for use from 1988 up to the present time, by US, British and 23 other nations police, military and security services.

Foxtrot example shown is a SIG P228 pistol chambered for 9 x 19mm, it is fitted with black plastic grips and is in a military phosphate finish.

Film Set Notes

The SIG P228 is an extremely reliable and actor friendly weapon, still looks very contemporary. Always a good performing weapon, no fuss, it just works well