SIG SAUER Inc. has been building some of the world’s best handguns for decades. Now they’re leaping into the self-defense ammo market with their new lineup of 90-gr. .380, 125-gr. .357 SIG, 124-gr. 9mm, 165-gr. .40 and 200-gr. .45 ACP loads, all made with their own “SIG V-Crown stacked hollowpoint” bullet. We got a small sample for a quick look-see. They tell us the new line is completely American-made and they’re ramping up production as fast as possible.
At first glance, it looks to be of high quality, with consistent finishes on the bullets and cases, and sensible 20-round boxes. The bullet is described as having “… an additional hollowpoint cavity behind the main cavity. This design, along with the V-shaped jacket skives, guarantees controlled, uniform expansion at all effective distances and velocities.” Not having any gel blocks at-hand to find out for myself, I’ll take their word for now.
I went ahead and fired all three calibers I had on hand over a chronograph to get an idea of velocities, and they showed a high level of consistency, with low velocity deviations of around 40-50 fps total per caliber. Many handgun loads vary as much as 100 fps or more, so this bodes well for accuracy for the SIG ammo. Velocities averaged 1,145 fps in 9mm (Browning Hi-Power), 985 fps in .40 S&W (hampered somewhat by my short-barreled XD Sub-Compact used) and 945 fps in .45 ACP (5″ Les Baer 1911). The guns ran 100 percent and I noticed the lighter bullets in the .40 and .45 helped to soften recoil some.
SIG is known for their almost over-the-top quest for quality, and I can attest they take that quest very seriously. I’ll keep you posted on what we learn after more testing. For more info: http://americanhandgunner.com/company/sig-sauer-inc/, (603) 610-3000.
By Roy Huntington