I've owned and shot Sig P22* series pistols since 1989. I've owned and shot 1911s since 1984...
I've always considered the 1911 somewhat anachronistic, a great gun that's been eclipsed by greater guns, as time and evolution are want to do.
Although I enjoy the 1911, especially a well healed one, it has never been my first choice in .45.
Neither has the P220. Now I would pick the P220 over a 1911 primarily because of the technological advances evident in the P220. It is as accurate and is simply a more refined, more reliable and safer pistol to carry and handle.
My preference has gone for the last 15 years or so to the HK USP .45 series of pistols. Okay, I cringe at plastic pistols. I really do. But these are great guns and most of the preference comes not only from their performance, but the fact they run so well in my hands and "feel right".
Now comes the P227. Let me start off by telling you everything that's wrong with this gun............................................... .........................
1.You can't get it without the silly Rambo rail, otherwise I think it would fit in my P220 & P226 carry rigs & holsters (Maybe I can grind it off and not void the warranty).
2. It really makes the 1911 look old. I mean Model T, 8 track tape, black and white TV -- with an aerial stuck on the roof, full service gas station with uniformed attendants and oil changes old.
I normally prefer full sized .45s. I've never been impressed by the USPc, for example, or the commander or those dinky little ones so many are producing these days. Not that there's anything wrong with having a lot of fire power in a small package, heck I carry a 340pd every day. After the opportunity to shoot both the Carry and the regular size, I chose the Carry not because it shot any better, but because it shot and handled just as well. For those rare occasions when I do conceal carry a full size, it's a P226 in either a Serpa or a Miami. Not that this gun is really that much smaller.
Is the gun perfect? Not quite. I'm a fan of the SRT, since getting one in my X5. I'd like one in the P227. Made a note to get one. And I'm left handed. It would be nice to swap the mag release button around and I've not got around to seeing if it can be done yet. And I'd like to shave off the silly rail.
Then it will be a perfect .45, at least for me.