What’s going on with .357 SIG?

Since we would have all the major players in one place I decided to actually do some investigative reporting while we were at the NRA Annual Meeting. I decided to find out what the story was with the .357 Sig handgun cartridge. I’ll spare you all the details about it, but since this cartridge was developed in 1994 I’ve been hearing it’s quite good. A serious up and comer, adopted by many law enforcement units with more looking into its benefits. Usually, when this happens to a particular caliber there is more acceptance into the mainstream, yet the .357 SIG seems to be dropping in popularity. So much so I caught wind of some reports that several major manufacturers were dropping their firearms chambered for it. Are we seeing a new 10mm, destined to the same obscure fate, or is it’s adoption slow and steady with a hardcore group of supporters? What do you think?

I’ll be posting what the manufacturers had to say in parts as some of them were quite long winded, but feel free to give your opinion at any time.

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4 Responses to What’s going on with .357 SIG?

  1. Alan says:

    Since the .357 Sig pretty much just requires a different barrel from the .40 S&W I don't see it going away.

  2. Mad Saint Jack says:

    If the secret service keep it it should stick around.

    GUN TEST magazine did a test several years ago with 3 glocks and 3 sigs all in .357. There review of the Sig 239 was “we liked this gun so much we bought it for ourselves.”

  3. Mike W. says:

    There are quite a few Federal, State & Local agencies using it. Hell, the Delaware State Police were the 1st to adopt it way back in 1996.

    As Alan said, most pistols chambered in .40 S&W will fire .357SIG with just a drop in barrel.

    I'm also biased since I shoot the round and have a few thousand rounds stocked away.

    That said, it was certainly disconcerting to hear industry folks say that civilian sales of guns in .357 SIG have been poor.

    Looking forward to the full write-up.

  4. If it cost the same as .40…

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