SIG SAUER ACP: First Look

The internet was a-buzzing a few days ago when SIG SAUER introduced their ACP system for handguns that encased them in a rail encrusted metal box with a charging handle. I had a chance to play with one of these monstrosities today and my report to you is that I don’t like it one bit.

The idea behind the ACP was to provide a platform that turned your SIG pistol into a more controllable firearm with more options for mounting optics and such. It’s a design that makes tons of sense if you have a fully automatic handgun, but if all you have is the standard civilian semi-auto then I still can’t find a single reason to buy this thing.

With the ACP mounted to the handgun the package feels very top heavy and boxy, mainly because SIG engineered the thing to be large enough to accomodate almost any handgun. The extra bulk means its harder to hold onto and control than the standard smaller handgun.

And the charging handle is TERRIBLE. It’s stiff as a board and hard to manipulate, and under pressure I think I’d be faster disassembling the whole thing and racking the slide as normal. One of the models even jammed as the salesman was showing me how the charging handle worked, rendering the thing inoperable.

In short, it looks like it sucks.

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Nick Leghorn is a gun nerd living and working in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, he's a competition shooter (USPSA, 3-gun and NRA High Power), aspiring pilot, and enjoys mixing statistics and science with firearms. Now on sale: Getting Started with Firearms by yours truly!

10 Responses to SIG SAUER ACP: First Look

  1. avatarTom says:

    Makes no sense for my application.

  2. avatarGUNSnDONUTS says:

    Was this designed by a “Call Of Duty” player?

  3. avatarRob G says:

    Unless someone starts making very large capacity Sig magazines in excess of 22 rounds, I really don’t see that thing ever taking off.

  4. avatarChase says:

    Go to Engadget or TheVerge, learn how to cover SHOT show please by looking up what they did for CES.

    Seriously, only one picture of it behind glass 20 feet away?

  5. avatarsdog says:

    cool idea, somewhat impractical though, too bad.

  6. avatarpercynjpn says:

    “In short, it looks like it sucks.”

    C’mon Nick! Don’t be coy – what do you REALLY think about it?!

    Todd

  7. avatarJohn D says:

    With a revised “Zombie” theme, it’ll sell……..

    • avatar702Shooter says:

      With all the new zombie crap show at Shot, I’d say you’re right. However, I think it will sell anyway. There have been a couple companies offering similar products for Glock pistols over the last couple of years. This one not only handles Sigs but Glock, M&P, 1911′s, etc…And it offers many more options than the competitors products.

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