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Sig Sauer Now in the Nightmare Business

With the tagline of, “Darkness brings out the best,” New Hampshire-based Sig Sauer has given the Nightmare treatment to three of their classic alloy-framed P-series pistols.

The new Nightmare series in 9mm P226 and P229 as well as the .45 ACP P220, all feature a blacked-out Nitron-finished stainless steel slide and alloy frame with Custom Works engraving and nickel-plated surface controls. Additionally, the pistols are the first with Hogue Classic Contour SL G-10 grips. Sig formerly used the Nightmare treatment on their P239 and 1911 line, but they didn’t come with the same grips or sights.

Speaking of which, all three models have a double-action/single-action trigger equipped with X-Ray 3 day/night sights, typically an upgrade you see on Sig’s Legion series, and two magazines.

They are pretty easy on the eyes.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Put those German Sigs in the safe

In 1951, arms maker J. P. Sauer und Sohn GmbH relocated from Suhl in then Soviet-occupied East Germany and set up shop in Eckernförde near the city of Kiel.

In 1976, the firm was purchased by Swiss firearms giant SIG, forming Sig Sauer– largely to have an outlet to fulfill overseas orders for guns like the P220 without having to cut through layers of Swiss red tape.

This also led to a huge series of West German police contracts for the P225/P6 handgun.

After that, Sig Sauer came to America, where it has expanded operations in a big way ever since. Today, the U.S. branch of the company employs 2,300 and is responsible for most of the recent R&D.

Meanwhile, the original German branch of Sig Sauer has atrophied to just 130 employees.

By 2021, there will reportedly be -zero- left in Germany.

More in my column at Guns.com.