|10-30-2004, 03:01 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2004
Current Trailside Opinions?
Perhaps this has been covered before, but seeking some feedback on the SIG Trailside 22LR Pistols, specifically the six inch model with adjustable sights. I have had my eyes on one for quite awhile, but other purchases have gotten in the way. I love my Ruger Mk II's, but cleaning them is a chore that takes some of the joy out of the range trip. I have heard that the Trailside is a breeze by comparison. They also look plenty accurate. Any word on durability (even for a 22?), maintenance, or any other gremlins?
I love my centerfires, but every time I take out one of the rimfires and spend some time at the range with it, I always find myself asking "Why don't I do this more often?" Hundreds of rounds for a few bucks, no recoil, not too loud, and just plain old relaxing plinking. Good stuff.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance and stay safe,
|11-01-2004, 06:15 PM||#2|
Join Date: Nov 2004
Yes!! I have posted several messages looking for coments on the trailside. BUT no answer came!! I would like to also know if anyone has shot this gun and how it compares to a S&W model 41. Like you it seems to be an interesting target gun but there seems to be little info on it.
|11-11-2004, 08:27 PM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2004
Boss & Mike,
I am the proud owner of a Trailside Competition. It’s an extremely accurate weapon that amazes me every time I take it to the range.
Recently I acquired one for the purpose of participating in a gallery league. Generally, for an entry level competitive 22, my Trailside will out perform S&W 41s and MKIIs. It’s lighter and much easier to clean than the other two pistols mentioned, and having a two stage trigger is a real plus. An old timer (who happens to be the league’s only High Master) loves this gun, it reminds him of the old Hammerli 208s. Apparently, the barrel and frame are the same.
Although, there are a few drawbacks. The plastic mags do work fine but, you can’t slam them into the weapon. The upper stop for the for the mag does not embrace the entire top of the mag but has a small single tab. Should you force one up there too hard, it will push the bottom of the round down and the nose of the bullet up. So when the slide is released an unexpected jam can occur. I’ve heard other people unfairly refer to this gun as a “Jam-O-Matic,” it’s not true. I solved this little problem simply by being easy when inserting a mag and haven’t had a problem since. The last thing you want in a match is an alibi from a feed problem. You just have to become familiar with the weapon’s routine operation.
Another minor issue would be the dovetails cut into the top of the barrel. It’s nice that Hammerli thought about the need to accommodate red dot sights or a scope. In a practical sense, you’ve got to remove them when the gun needs cleaning. Weinguard makes a nifty mount that attaches over the barrel and into the weight slot. I own one, it does an excellent job of being able to remove an optical sight quickly for cleaning and it does get you beck to zero very well.
It’s well made, simple to break down (without tools), fast to clean, and at 25 yards with Eley Tenex you can get a quarter of an inch group. Hey, it does love expensive ammo, in fact this is about the only time I’ve actually seen premo ammo actually perform to its’ limits. But this gun will actually eat anything and just keep going.
Hope the above was of some use.
|11-23-2004, 03:27 AM||#4|
Join Date: Mar 2004
I Had a Trailside
I had one of the earlier Trailsides. While I did have jamming and accuracy problems, which are apperantly solved, the design was a dream. It felt superb in my hand, even with the cheap plastic stock grips. My gunsmith put in a two stage trigger that rivelled the 208s.
If they have solved the aformentioned problems (I do not know) the gun would be a great target gun, especially for the price.
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