SIG SAUER P225-A1
Here we depart from the striker-fired guns and the 1911s. The P225-A1 is a throwback of sorts, having debuted in the 1970s as a police and military single-stack 9mm option. It utilizes the same controls as the vaunted P226—a classic combat weapon in its own right—but it’s lighter and trimmer than that gun.
Still, the P225-A1 is not as compact as some of the other guns on this list; it weighs just over 30 ounces, measures just over 5 inches high and is around an inch-and-a-quarter wide. That extra size makes this gun manageable to shoot even though it has a slightly higher bore axis than competing pistols.
If you aren’t familiar with the DA/SA design, then the gun will take some getting used to; the initial trigger pull in double action mode is heavy (10 to 11 pounds) but subsequent shots in single action operation offer a lighter trigger pull (roughly 4 to 5 pounds). There’s no manual safety, but there is a decocker to safely lower the hammer.
The new P225-A1, which came out in 2016, offers a short reset trigger for faster follow-ups, G10 grips, and a comfortable cutout just below the trigger guard that was missing on the old gun. The P225-A1 is a standout in the field of single-stack 9mms, both for its operation and its exceptional build quality. You may just find that this is the perfect carry gun for you.