Interactive Armorer Instruction CD
For Sig Sauer P250
Here is a short review of the Sig Sauer Academy Interactive Armorer Instruction for Sig Sauer P250 CD:
According to the rear of the CD case this “CD provides a thorough refresher following your armorer certification course or a quick reference tool for everyone in your department.” Well, I am the head of my “department” (with my “department” being my house), so this disc is for me. I think anyone that owns a P250 will benefit from the CD, not just Armorers, Gun Professionals, or Gun aficionados. At $23.00, it is very reasonably priced.
The system requirements follow:
Adobe Acrobat 8.1 or later (free from Adobe at www.adobe.com)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or later - Windows only
Recommended Hardware Specifications
Pentium 4 or equivalent
1.6 GHz or higher
512 GB of RAM
128 MB Video Card
100MB Hard Disk Space per weapon
So, pretty much any computer from the last couple of years should run it just fine.
I ordered the CD and received it a few days later. When you put the disc in, it gives you the option to run it from the CD or install it to the hard drive. I tried it both ways, and while they both work, installing it to the hard drive will allow the animations and pages to load faster. I was actually surprised that you could install it to the hard drive and not need the CD. This allows you to install it and put the CD up for safekeeping.
Now to the content of the disc: I was impressed with the level of detail that the disc contains. It breaks the P250 down to the smallest component. It has several animations that show how the gun functions when it is being operated. All the animations are in 3D and can be manipulated to give you a different views. This was very insightful to a layman like me.
The disc is segmented into the following categories:
Introduction - This section basically shows you how to use the disc, including moving the interactive animations around and zooming in.
Weapon Design and Components – This section breaks the gun down into the major components visually, such as the Barrel, Slide, Grip Module, etc. Then it breaks the Slide, Receiver, and Magazine down to its individual components visually as well.
Handling – This is broken down into four sections: Basic Operations, Basic Disassembly and Assembly, Function Inspection, Magazine Disassembly and Assembly. Each section has its own subsections that go further into detail with interactive animations. For instance, under Basic Operations there is subtopic called Firing. It lists 3 steps of the firing process and there is an animation that takes you through the trigger being pulled, the slide retracting, the bullet ejecting, and the magazine being removed.
Cleaning – This section contains two subtopics: General cleaning procedures and Lubrication Specifications.
Ammunition Guidelines – This section lists how to inspect ammo for defects and ammunition maintenance.
Preventative Maintenance – This section contains maintenance intervals and lists who should perform the maintenance (Operator or Armorer). This section also contains a parts replacement interval and who should perform this as well.
Cycle Of Operations - This section contains several animations of each cycle of operating the P250: Feeding, Chambering, Locking, Firing, Unlocking, Extracting, and Ejecting.
Troubleshooting – This section contains basic and detailed troubleshooting of the following failures: Failure To Feed, Failure To Chamber, Failure To Fire, Failure To Extract, Failure To Eject, Failure To Lock Back, Premature Lock Back, and Other Failures. It gives you reasons and possible solutions to why each of these may occur and possible ways to recover.
Weapon Inspection – This section contains three subsections: General, Parts Inspection, and Areas Of Inspection. Each of these subsections further breaks down and shows animations for detailed inspections of various parts of the P250.
Weapon Functions – This section contains 3 subsections: Functions Of The Trigger Assembly, Locking And Unlocking, and Arresting Mechanism. These sections show animations of how the trigger assembly operates, how the barrel and slide lock/unlock together during firing, and how the Arresting Mechanism (Slide Catch Lever) catches the slide when a magazine is emptied.
Tools – This section basically is a listing of the tools and a picture of the Armorer’s Tool Kit.
Weapon Disassembly – This section shows listings and animations describing the following: Slide Disassembly, Firing Control Unit Disassembly, Hammer Disassembly, Hammer Disassembly, and Magazine Catch Disassembly. Here is where the CD starts to go deep into the Armorer level teardowns. It provides pretty detail animations on each step, including showing which Armorer tool to use. I would feel completely confident in following these processes, even though I have not been through the Armorer course.
Weapon Assembly – This section shows how to put back each part of the P250 once it has been disassembled. Basically it is the Weapon Disassembly section in reverse.
Sight Adjustment – This section shows how to zero the P250 and how to use the Sight Pusher Tool to do sight adjustment and removal.
Parts Diagram – This section is an exploded parts diagram with all the parts listed.
In summary, the Interactive Armorer Instruction DC for the Sig Sauer P250 is well worth the few dollars that it costs. It gives you an Armorer’s view of doing maintenance and repairs on the P250. Keep in mind; this does not take the place of the Armorer course and certification. If you perform these without being a certified Armorer, Sig could void your warranty on your P250. The only downfall I could find on the disc is that the animations, while being “interactive”, were not fully interactive. You can rotate and zoom while the animation is not in process, but as soon as you start doing the animation, it reverts to its default view for that animation. You can rotate and zoom while it is in progress, but the animation may be over before you can get it just the way you want it. Other than that small annoyance, Sig Sauer has produced a very valuable product for the owners of a P250.
Below is a few pictures of the actual product: