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Old March 25, 2013, 11:13 AM   #1
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The Sig Sauer Tacpac

Hello my fellow shooting enthusiasts. After purchasing my first firearm and getting some range time with it I thought I would do a little review of what I purchased and give some thoughts on it.

After tons of research online and in person for many weeks on end I at long last settled on a firearm and an outstanding one at that.

It goes without saying that Sig Sauer is an outstanding firearms manufacturer and the P229 is among the finest service arms out there. If anyone disagrees that is fine, but keep in mind that the 229 is a beefed up version (In order to handle the higher pressure of the .40 S&W) of the Navy's M11A1. It also serves the secret service and FBI. As such I am not reviewing the pistol as it has already proven itself in the line of duty. Rather I am reviewing the tacpac that I purchased.

The package included of course a pistol a p229 in my case chambered for .40 S&W. I have also seen this same package with a 226 in 9mm.

The pack also included 2 magazines with a 12rd capacity and a sig sauer brand taclight.

The final items included were the case and a holster capable of holding the pistol with the taclight attached.

The 229 has not let me down. 100rds of federal american eagle FMJ and 25rds of winchester ranger hollow points down range without a single issue. As expected it functioned flawlessly.

The mags fit properly and drop from the mag well quickly and smoothly.

The taclight is very bright and also has a strobe function and red dot. The red dot is easy to adjust and the whole thing can quickly be attached or removed without any tools.

The case is of solid quality, but the holster which appears to be of decent quality at first has some issues. It is very hard to draw from, just the friction of the gun against the holster itself is practically a safety feature. No one will be simply pulling your gun from your holster because of this, in fact being a paddle holster and the friction being so hi they are more likely to pull the whole rig from your hip than get your gun. Of course the holster also has a safety device which locks the gun into the holster by clamping down around the back of the pistol above the beaver tail and around the hammer. Seemed great until I tried practicing drawing from it. The pistol only fits "properly" with the taclight attached and the "safety feature" of this holster has a fatal flaw. It constantly fails to disengage! It worked properly maybe 1 in 3 times. Of course when the gun is not in the holster it works fine. This is due to #1 it really does not fit the pistol properly and #2 the holster's mechanism for the safety device is poorly engineered. Push a button and draw. Seems simple, but the design is fundamentally flawed and should never be trusted. I discovered all this by taking it apart and deciding to leave it that way. I could go into more detail on the construction flaws but that would be uncalled for. The holster is also bulky making it useless for CCW.

I decided to purchase the tacpac because it came with an extra mag (which are hard to get right now) and a $250 light. I paid only about $110 more for the tacpac than the gun by itself.

Over all great deal on a great gun with some extra goodies. Just do not trust that holster. In fact it is much safer to remove the so called safety feature from the holster as I did. Great for the range, but that is about all it is good for.

Hope this helps anyone considering a tacpac.
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