March 2004

Non-1911 .45 ACP Single-Stack Pistols: Sigarms Versus S&W

Two stock steel-framed .45s go at it in a match up of Custom Defensive Pistol Division shooting needs. Tested: The Sigarms P220ST and Smith & Wesson’s 4566TSW.

In the fall of 2003, Earnest Langdon captured the Custom Defensive Pistol Division (CDP) at the annual International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) championship match held in Little Rock, Arkansas. That Langdon, a top competitor in the Practical Shooting ranks, was victorious is not news. What was news is that he did it competing with a traditional double action Sigarms P220ST pistol rather than a custom 1911, the type of pistol for which the CDP division was founded upon. Naturally, we wanted to know what was so special about this gun. Taking a quick look at it, we immediately recognized that another pistol, the Smith & Wesson 4566TSW, was similar.

We couldn’t wait to strip these guns down and see if they differed radically on the inside, and then take them to the range. Keeping in mind that an IDPA Custom Defensive Pistol was allowed plenty of leeway in terms of modification we also wanted to find out if these pistols could be “hot-rodded” with aftermarket parts. What we found impressed us.

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