SIG 220 (.45 ACP) Opinions


March 25, 2005, 08:45 AM
From those of ou who own or have used the Sig 220, what are your opinions. How is the accuracy, felt recoil, reliability?

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March 25, 2005, 09:04 AM
Very reliable, very accurate, recoil is an opinion thing as .45ACP doesn't bother me much, though I tend to fire an EAA Witness.


Jim Watson
March 25, 2005, 09:07 AM
Accuracy is excellent. No need to buy a Barsto barrel, you aren't likely going to shoot it at Camp Perry and it is ample for any other use.

Recoil is substantial but not heavy. I'd say it has less "kick" than a Commander of similar weight. Of course the ST will have less recoil but it is a heavy gun to tote around.

Reliability is superior. My present P220 has never had a misfunction. I sold off the previous one because it would not shoot the semiwadcutters I load for 1911s but everything else was 100%. I don't ask the present gun to handle SWCs so as to not hurt my confidence but it feeds fires and functions with RN, FP, and JHP. And with some pretty light target loads too, if you care. Not as low as what a 1911 will function with, but reduced from factory.

March 25, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Sigs are not fancy. They're simply reliable, accurate and get the job done. The only problem with them is they're overpriced like the H&Ks.

March 25, 2005, 10:08 AM
Accurate and well made, they also launch big bullets.

The ONLY way you should ever lower the hammer is with the de-cocking lever. A number of years ago it was imperative that Sig describe this on a national level. In this country, seems we can find a way to subvert about any safety system.

If you keep a 220 as a long term gun, an armorers inspection every few years is mandatory. Watch to make sure that your hammer return spring is and remains fully functional. This should be non-negotiable and is cause for immediately removing the pistol from use until it is fixed. In the last three months I have found 220s on rental ranges that had bad hammer return springs.

March 25, 2005, 10:15 AM
After only shooting 1911s I tried a Sig 220 at a local MD get together. Needless to say two weeks later I bought one. They're accurate, great to shoot, and just feel good in the hand. Sure it may be a little bulkier then a 1911 but it's a great gun. I've seen a lot of factory refurbs floating around too so you might even be able to get a great gun for a great price.

March 25, 2005, 10:32 AM
I think they're great. Reliability and accuracy is the same (excellent!) as the 226 you're used to. As far as felt recoil goes, the recoil will feel slightly heavier than a 1911. This is because the bore axis is higher. I wouldn't worry about the difference in recoil though since it is only slight.

March 25, 2005, 10:36 AM
Extremely reliable right out of the box. I prefer the 1911 simply as it fits my hand better and points right on target. While I do enjoy shooting my 220 it doesn't fit my hand nor point as well as the 1911. There is more felt recoil as the bore sits higher off of your hand, but it's not much of a hindrance unless you're shooting +P loads. I highly recommend them if you're not a 1911 fan, IMHO they're the next best thing.

March 25, 2005, 10:45 AM
I've been following the Sig P-220, .45 acp, since 1982; It is the flagship of the Sig P-Series lineup which created the yardstick for those that followed.
Think of an alloy frame .45 acp semi auto with the reliability of a steel frame, the accuracy of a gold cup, with the size of a commander; Not to mention the ramped barrel which will feed round nose, flat nose, or hollow point bullets without a hitch. The fully supported chamber, barrel lock up, and ease of field strip disassembly is just another plus this amazing gun offers.
The Sig 220 turned up the heat for a new standard of semi-autos in this country.

Joe Mamma
March 25, 2005, 02:10 PM
I have a lot of experience with it and other guns. No gun is perfect but, I'll sum it up and say that if I could own only one gun (pistol, rifle or shotgun), it would be a P220.

Joe Mamma

March 25, 2005, 02:25 PM
I'd hardly fired a handgun in my life when I first rented a p220 at a local range. Even though I was a poor shot, I could still keep all 8 shots on target at 25 yards. Recoil was mild. I'm still in love with the gun. :)
RE: reliability, look up shooting times' 10,000 shot torture test.
BTW, after 10k rounds, the subject pistol shoots a sub 2" 5 shot group.

March 25, 2005, 06:57 PM
I'll be the contrarian, I guess.

Reports aren't in yet on the P220ST, but the lighter P220 has not had great reports from various police armorers, as detailed on the Tactical Forums. Seems this gun is not a high round count gun.

Bought new, it should be perfectly fine for CCW use. But if you plan on shooting it more than 20,000 rounds or passing it down to your grandson, beware.

Long term, there are more durable options.

In addition, beware of buying a used police trade-in where you don't know the round count.

Like I said, the P220ST may be a different story. Search the Tactical Forums for more info on police experience with the P220.

March 25, 2005, 07:01 PM
Love mine, very accurate and it's never failed to cycle with anything I’ve fed it.

March 25, 2005, 07:01 PM
Love it love it love it love it love it. Did I mention I love my p220? :D

Out of the box it needs NOTHING. Well, except ammo. Never a hicup, eats anything and everything. Super accurate. It just plain rocks!

March 25, 2005, 08:19 PM
Watch to make sure that your hammer return spring is and remains fully functional.

Kilroy, Im thinking of getting a 220, and without trying to sound stupid, what is a hammer return spring? Is it part of the decocking lever mechanism? Thanks-

March 25, 2005, 08:22 PM
A very well made firearm, I do not think you would be disappointed if you bought one.

March 25, 2005, 09:40 PM
I have had my Sig P220ST for over a year. Saying this is the best out of the box gun in the world is probably an understatement. Accuracy is such that is is almost boring, If I could load gravel in the magazine it would probably load it. Balance is superb and the gun is extremely well made. It rivals the custom gun maker product at an off the shelf price.

I have made so many 25 yard cloverleafs, shooting this gun from a bench, that my shooting buddies thinks I am Irish....wait a minute I am half Irish!!!!.

My Sig really likes the Federal 230gr Hydrashoks.

March 25, 2005, 09:50 PM
The low round count maybe the issue with older model P220s, but not the newer model P220s!

March 25, 2005, 10:02 PM
I own 4 Sigs in different calibers and have found them to be utterly reliable. My P220 has over 1000 rounds through it and has never even hinted at a malfunction of any type.

It's very accurate and recoil is well distributed through the hands. The option of haveing a DA/SA first shot makes it versitile for carry or home defense. It was my choice for my first Sig and I liked it so much I bought 3 more.

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