Sig vs HK

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jcast73, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. jcast73

    jcast73 New Member

    Guys I am looking for some advice. I am interested in a 9mm for my first gun and am looking at the Sig p229 and the HK USP. Input is greatly appreciated.

  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

    Either one would be a good choice. Really the only thing I can tell you is find out which one feels better in your hand.

  3. Thebiker

    Thebiker Member

    I'm a Sig guy, but I agree with the General.....whatever fits you best and feels right in your hand. Both HK and Sig make very high quality firearms, so you won't go wrong.

    It would be best to find a range where you can rent both and try them out, but barring that, get to your local shop and handle both, have the guy at the counter show you how to do a quick field strip for cleaning. Then make up your mind as to which fits you and which you can handle the best. JMHO

    Good luck, both are great firearms.
  4. HKSlinger

    HKSlinger Member

    I like 'em both. Really depends what your buying it for. For HD both are fine. For a CCW I like the Sig. Will lay flatter for sure. For SHTF, the HK every time. Makes a better field gun, open carry. Imo.
  5. armsmaster270

    armsmaster270 New Member

    As biker said
    I'm a Sig guy, but I agree with the General.....whatever fits you best and feels right in your hand. Both HK and Sig make very high quality firearms, so you won't go wrong.
  6. USMC-03

    USMC-03 New Member

    Another Sig guy here. The P229 is one of my favorite handguns.
  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    I have owned products from both.

    My first purchase was a Sig P229 in .40 S&W

    I also purchased an H&K USP Tactical in .45 ACP

    The Sig is a fine weapon. I carried it, regularly, for years and I shot it at least twice a month. The grip was a bit wide, but form, fit and function were flawless. I ran everything in the world through that weapon and it always performed. Always went bang and I can't remember a single incident of a failure to feed or eject. I still have it to this day, though it's basically a safe queen at the moment.

    The USP was an excellent, but wide and big, weapon. It was accurate and it featured a frame mounted manual safety that is 1911-esque in design. The trigger was variable, had different settings, but it ran with everything I ever fed it and it was accurate as the day is long.

    The Sig has no safety, only a manual decocker, but it is a double action weapon that requires some pressure to ignite the first round.

    Both have excellent resale value and both were incredibely reliable and accurate weapons.

    I have no complaints about either one, except neither one "fit" when it came to my personal hand and shooting style.

    The Sig is a wide handled weapon, but it was manageable. It did not feature a manual, positive safety however, and after time this began to bother me.

    The H&K was a hell of a pistol. It garnered respect and "Can I shoot it?" at every turn when I went to the range. It was flawless with all sorts of ammo and it had a manual, frame mounted safety. The problem was the size of the monster!

    I could not drop a mag, or hit the slide release without taking the weapon off line of my target. In a hot reload situation this was a mild inconvenience, but it was still not "right".

    After several years I was introduced to an "old gun" by an "old friend" who was an IPSC and other competition shooter.

    The 1911 became the pistol for me. There is nothing else that fits and feels the way it does in my hands. I no longer own the HK and the Sig is still in the safe as a keep-sake. But my 1911's see daylight on a regular basis.

    The moral to this particular story is that you need to shoot with everything you are interested in buying and see if it "fits" you. Find a range that rents weapons and try as many as you can before you make such a purchase.

    You will only benefit from the experience.

    Good luck.

  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    I would choose the Sig every time. But you should choose whichever has the features and fit to suit you. As has been mentioned, both are excellent guns.
  9. Uncle Tom

    Uncle Tom New Member

    HK 9mm USP Compact

    I've tried lots of guns and lots of calibers -- at my age, disposition and skill level, the 9mm HK USPc keeps hanging in there as my go-to gun in any kind of SD situation I can imagine being in (as a civilian). As DA/SA I have flexibility, the safety-decock is one-control and very intuitive, the recoil is easy, the weight and footprint is fine, the accuracy is excellent, and it does not misfire (at least in first 15 years!). There should be some available used since HK is now promoting newer models.
  10. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

    Out of the two choices I'll lean to the Sig. But that's only because I like the fit better. Either will shoot just fine.
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    The Sig is a very good firearm. More compact, very accurate, simple. I personally would look at a DAK trigger pack. AMAZING!

    The USP is a very good firearm. Bulkier, EXTREMELY ACCURATE, simple. The bore axis is a little higher than the Sig so muzzle whip is a little higher. The UAP is the only pistol I know of that will accept the magazines into the mag well BACKWARDS. It obviously will not feed from this position, but they will go in. Train hard and well on the HK to prevent problems.

    I am a Sig armorer, but not a fan of the company. I think they are sneaky and underhanded. WTS, the Sig is a better CC weapon.

    The USP is a superior weapon for my larger than average hands (perhaps an understatement;)).

    IMHO, both are over priced, over engineered German pistols.
  12. Wambli

    Wambli Member

    Both very nice firearms and both a little hard to conceal in CCW and you need to have big hands to handle them well. Pay close attention to the HK P2000 with the interchangeable backstrap on the grips and go fondle a single stack P239 too. Hard to go wrong with a SIG or HK.
  13. colttrooper

    colttrooper New Member

    check out the FN-FNX also. AKA the poor man's Sig. very accurate and reliable.
  14. misterballistic

    misterballistic New Member

    I'm one of the exceptions I guess. First time I picked up a Sig P226 in 9mm, I couldn't shoot it worth a damn. It's still a beautiful, well designed pistol however. Just not for me.

    The HK P30L(S), on the other hand, I can shoot and, man, what a soft shooter it is for Tupperware. A little pricey tho'.
  15. Glock23

    Glock23 New Member

    I have a P226 and a HK P2000. I prefer the Sig for target shooting and the H&k is better for carry.