Today’s gunfight is between a couple of versatile all-around carry guns: a .357 revolver and a .22/.45 ACP semauto combo. The revolver is a Colt Trooper Mk III, made from 1969-1982. It is a redesigned version of the original Trooper, which was intended to be a medium-frame, lower cost version of the Python. As its name suggests, the “Trooper” was marketed to law enforcement agencies. The SIG Sauer P220 was introduced in 1975 as the Swiss army’s service pistol. Designed in Switzerland and built in collaboration with Sauer in Germany, it works with the precise reliability you would expect from a German-Swiss partnership and is still in use today. Here are this week’s contestants:
Lynn Nelson’s SIG Sauer P220R
This is my Sig Sauer P220R, which has a .22 cal LR and .45ACP X-Change Kit. With the ability to shoot .22 LR and .45 ACP, I have one platform that serves multiple uses. It offers lots of low-cost practice shooting .22s, and it fits the Personal Defense mode with the .45ACP upper. Changing the uppers from one caliber to the other (and associated magazines) takes less than 20 seconds. The .22 upper has a white dot front site with a white outlined rear while the .45 ACP upper comes with Sig’s 3-dot night sites. The .22 magazine hold 10 rounds, and the .45 ACP is the standard Sig single stack which holds 8 rounds. It’s a pleasure to shoot and in .45 ACP mode serves as my EDTC (everyday truck carry).
Jhjimbo’s .357 Colt Trooper
This is a Colt Trooper Mk III in .357 mag. I purchased this duty weapon when a LEO friend got the new semi-autos. I had it re-blued and carried it everywhere while backpacking, camping, hiking, and hunting. It offers lots of power in a medium size package. The action and trigger on this gun are like a fine Swiss watch and it shoots where you aim it. It was one of my first guns, and it’s still one of my favorites.
Although the SIG Sauer shoots both .22 and .45 ACP, jhjimbo’s .357 is versatile, too, since it can be loaded down to shoot mild .38 Special wad-cutters and loaded up with .357 hunting ammo, too. The choice is yours. Vote, let us know what you think in the comments below, and send your gun pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.