I think the negative attitude towards Sig Sauer is overexaggerated.
Would Sig Sauer continue to get large contracts if their products were as defective as internet fodder and gossipers make them out to be?
I think Sig Sauer (both USA and Europe) is very progressive and has met the call of demand many times.
- Many Sig Sauer purists would have us all believe that nothing can beat a pre-1996 stamped and folded carbon steel slide P226. But then those ones kept rusting when the U.S. military, especially the Navy, procured them and put them to the test. Moreover, were they not incapable of enduring the more powerful .40 S&W? That's why Sig Sauer answered the call and went to milled stainless steel slides isn't it?
- People complained that Sig Sauer P226 grips were "too big" so they went towards the popular modular grip design in the E2 (which feels wonderful). Then the purists, once again, complain about change.
- People complain that Sig Sauer produces too many variations of the P226. So what? How is it different from many other manufacturers? Aren't options a good thing?
It's hard to get rid of internet gossip and fodder especially in the "set in their ways" gun nut world. People still complain about how they would never consider a Beretta due to its slide problems which were fixed over 20 years ago!
Rant over -- Sigs are nice!