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Jul 31 2023
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Sig Sauer SP2022 Review: Sig’s First Polymer Pistol


“A Poor Man’s P226”, “Sig’s Best Kept Secret” and “A Smart Man’s P226” are just a few of the names I’ve seen people use to describe the Sig Sauer SP2022. If I had to choose one of those, I would have to go with “A Smart Man’s P226”.

The SP2022 (a.k.a. the Sig Pro) was the first polymer handgun that Sig ever introduced back in 1999. These days, despite being overshadowed by newer and more feature-packed polymer pistols, the SP2022 remains a popular “budget” pistol for Sig.

Sig Sauer SP2022 review and range test
Sig really wanted to ensure that this SP2022 would not be running dry out of the box.

With all the comparisons I see online of this gun to others, I was excited to get my hands on one finally. Sit back, grab a glass of your favorite beverage, and enjoy the review.

Sig SP2022 Review



Trigger ActionDA/SA
Barrel Length3.9 Inches
Overall Length7.4 Inches
Width1.4 Inches
Height5.7 Inches
Weight29 Ounces
Slide Finish Nitron

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable – can be found under $500
  • Reliable – not only in my light experience with it, but other reviews as well
  • Comes with SIGLITE night sights
  • Compact for carrying
  • No ambidextrous controls
  • Lack of aftermarket options
  • No optics-ready slide or front slide serrations

Unboxing and Overall Impressions

The SP2022 comes with two 15-round magazines and a nice Sig branded hard case. It, of course, came with the standard lock and literature too, but who really saves either of those these days?

Sig Sauer SP2022 unboxing and review
The hard case is so much better than the standard cardboard box.


I put 150 rounds of 115-grain Blazer Brass FMJ through it over two range sessions. Out of those 150 rounds, I had zero malfunctions. Whether I had full mags inserted, partially full mags, shot fast or shot slow, it was smooth sailing the entire time.


You won’t find me winning any shooting competitions, so keep that in mind. The first few magazines were yielding two to three inch groupings out to 15 yards, which I was able to push out to 25 yards afterwards and eventually tighten the groupings up.

Sig Sauer SP2022 groupings
Here are my first dozen or so rounds through the gun, aiming at the center of the top left quadrant at 15 yards. The three strays on the right were my first shots, so I simply had to adjust my aim.

Overall Feel

It fits well in hand and definitely does not feel like a “cheap version” of anything. With the added pinky extension on the magazine, I was just able to fit all my fingers on the grip comfortably.

Sig Sauer SP2022 hands on test
Just enough grip for up to XL-sized hands.



We’ll make note of it just in case you missed the memo…yes, the grip is polymer. But with polymer, you get reduced weight and less temperature transfer if you leave your gun out in the sun at the range.

The grip texture is like a medium-grit sandpaper, where it’s not too rough or too smooth. Pairing it with the magazine pinky extension allows you to get a nice stable grasp to control your shooting.

Sig Sauer SP2022 grip and trigger
It ain’t fancy, but it doesn’t need to be. Sometimes less is more.


I like the controls, but at the same time, I don’t. First off, there are no ambidextrous controls to be found. Any gun outside of a Hi-Point price point should have some.

The decocker, though, is well positioned and easy to manipulate when you need it, without getting in the way.

I believe it was redesigned from an earlier version, but don’t quote me on that. The mag release and slide stop lever are both average; not much to say about them.

Sig Sauer SP2022 grip and trigger
I didn’t use the decocker all that much, but it did feel like it was well-thought-out in its design.  

Slide & Sights

With pistol optics ruling the world lately, it’s sad to see that there isn’t an SP2022 model that comes with an optics-ready slide. The slide also doesn’t have any front slide serrations, so I’m disappointed with it overall.

Mounted on the slide, you’ll find a set of SIGLITE night sights in a classic three-dot setup. I found them to be more than adequate and probably wouldn’t even switch them out.

Sig Sauer SP2022 side profile photo
At least throw some front slide serrations on, Sig!


I’m no trigger snob, so I’m not going to drag this one through the mud like I’ve seen others do online. Yes, it’s heavier than is ideal and doesn’t have the cleanest reset, but I didn’t expect it to win any awards.

After a few magazines, you get used to it and adjust accordingly.

Sig Sauer SP2022 trigger closeup
The standard curved trigger has quite the room for improvement.

How We Tested

I hit one of my local indoor ranges twice with the SP2022. The range extends out to 25 yards, so I was able to vary my distances between five yards and 25 yards.

Ammo Used

I typically try to run several different types of ammunition through every gun I test.

I happened to grab boxes of Blazer Brass as I ran out the door both times I hit the range with the SP2022. I quickly put 150 rounds of the 115-grain Blazer Brass FMJs through it and didn’t experience even one issue.  

Sig Sauer SP2022 range test with cci blazer ammo
Blazer Brass can run a bit dirty, but it’s reliable and affordable. Great for reviews.

Score Card

Reliability (10/10)  

Out of the 150 rounds I put through it so far, I’ve had no issues.

Ergonomics (8/10)

The grip angle, size and texture all feel nice in hand.

Customization (7/10)

Limited aftermarket parts, but as long as you’re not trying to do a “Gucci” build, you should be OK.

Value (8/10)

You can sometimes find it for just under $500. That’s when I’d assign it an 8/10. If you’re closer to the $600 price point, take the value down a notch.


Sig FOXTROT2 Weapon Light

Sig FOXTROT2 Weapon Light

The FOXTROT2 is a neat little light. It puts out 580 lumens and has three modes; momentary, latching and threshold.

Run-time is up to one hour on a single CR123 battery, which could be better but also worse. The activation paddles are ambidextrous and there are four interchangeable paddle designs for a custom setup.

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 Holster

There aren’t a ton of holster companies out there that I’m aware of making configurations for the SP2022. Alien Gear does, but you won’t be able to run a light unfortunately.

So, if you aren’t going to opt for a WML, check out the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB holster. It’s one of the more comfortable holsters I’ve tested and offers adjustable retention, cant and ride height.


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Should we call this one the “Rich Man’s SP2022”? It’s often the one people talk about alongside the SP2022. For the extra couple hundred bucks, you’ll get an alloy frame and supposedly better trigger (can’t verify as I haven’t shot one myself).

In addition, you also will have more aftermarket options if you want to do some extra customization.

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The price, it’s hard to be a Glock 19. You’ll have the 15+1 capacity like the SP2022 but you can also use the 17-round magazines from the Glock 17.

You’ll have more aftermarket options than you’ll know what to do with, to the point your real “problem” will be deciding on which one(s). And of course, it has that Glock reliability to help you rest easy and remain confident.


Keeping in mind the price point and its time-tested reliability, the Sig Sauer SP2022 is a solid entry-level option into what Sig has to offer.

If you’re on a budget or looking for your first gun, I think the SP2022 would be a good recommendation to fill either need. For my own preferences, the SP2022 is not high on my wish list, but that definitely doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be on yours.

Written by Ryan Domke
Ryan Domke photo Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. Ryan has contributed his writing expertise to numerous reputable publications, including, Cheaper Than Dirt, Springfield Armory's 'The Armory Life,' Smith & Wesson's 'The S&W Bench', and The Mag Shack. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project.


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