RANGE REPORT: Sig Sauer P220 Stainless


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KMKeller
July 3, 2003, 02:31 PM
Okay, got a chance to take the new Sig to the range today.

Initial impressions
This weapon has some mass to it! It's solid and very well made with enough heft to feel substantial without overburdening. I tore it down and cleaned it thoroughly using my standard lube model (FP-10 CLP on the internals and Slide-Glide #3 on the slide). It came with two sets of grips, the plastic pair that come standard and an additional Hogue rubber pair. I swapped the plastic out for the Hogues immediately. The weapon points very naturally for me and the ergonomics are excellent. My only complaint so far is that I should've gotten the night sights. Sounds like a project for next month.

I chambered a snap cap for some dry firing to check the trigger and while the DA pull is long, it's also very consistent and easier to keep on target than my HK. The SA pull is almost too light, but very nice and crisp. Once I've gotten used to it, it won't be a problem at all.

The controls are well placed and although appearing flimsy at first, are more than adequate to the task. Decocking the hammer required a very minor shift on the grip, but only to extend my thumb to the lever. The decocker works differently than the HKs, and I find the Sig version preferable.

At the range
I repaired to the local range (20 yards max) with the Sig and a gleam in my eye. I took 50 rounds each of Winchester white box Brass Jacketed SWC 185 Gr. FMJ, CCI Blazer 230 Gr. FMJ Ball, and Sellier & Bellot 230 Gr. FMJ Ball. I also took 25 rounds of Winchester 185 Gr. Silvertip HP, my typical carry round.

I started things off by running 25 rounds of each except the Silvertip through the Sig to warm it up. First up was the Sellier & Bellot. My first shot with my new pistol at 10 yards took the "0" of out the 10 in the middle of the target (no X ring)... ya gotta love it. I cycled 75 assorted rounds through the pistol with zero hiccups. Not a single failure. It digested the ball and swc ammo without hesitation and I was able to carve the 10 ring out of the target. The extra mass of the pistol helps keep the muzzle down, although it's about the same to get back on target as my HK USP .45c.

Now that the pistol was warmed up, I settled in for some groups. I fired 5-5 round groups each of the remaining ammo, including the Winchester Silvertip. At 10 yards, only one group was above 1" using a modified weaver stance and firing two-handed. The average group was .78". All groups consisted of 1 ragged hole save that one group mentioned above, where I yanked the trigger and dropped a round 1.5" south by southeast. No flyer, just me getting a little too jiggy with the trigger.

Summary
The Sig name is more than honored by this pistol. I've found the fit and finish to be excellent. It has excellent form and is ergonomically ideal for my hands and how I shoot. The pistol performs as expected (flawlessly) and has the legendary out of the box accuracy that Sig is famous for. I traded my beloved HK USP .45T for this, and I'm not disappointed. The stainless sigs are approaching $850 these days, so they're a little spendy, but something happened today that's only happened rarely in the past... I've found another weapon that I'm willing to trust with my life and the lives of my family.

The only task remaining is to wrap it up in some Mitch Rosen 5JR leather and add this to my carry rotation as my new primary carry pistol.

Bravo Sig Sauer, well done.:D

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12GA
July 3, 2003, 02:37 PM
Great range report. Thanks for sharing that.:) Gotta' love the 220ST accuracy and light recoil. Kinda' purdy to look at too, eh?:D How'd ya' find them 8 rnd mags to load? I worked like a sonofagun to get the last round loaded for the first hundred rounds or so.

4v50 Gary
July 3, 2003, 03:06 PM
Thank you KMKeller for this excellant report.

KMKeller
July 3, 2003, 03:19 PM
12GA - I'm used to loading the double stack HK mags, so the Sig mags weren't too bad. A little stiff, but manageable.

4v50 Gary - My pleasure.

762x51
July 3, 2003, 04:00 PM
Thanks for the report. I've been looking at the 220ST for my next pistol purchase and this just adds to the other good things I've read.

10-Ring
July 3, 2003, 04:16 PM
Nice rane report! Thanks

B27
July 4, 2003, 02:44 PM
Prices vary greatly around the country, of course, but that model goes for around $640 NIB around here.
I have seven P220's and my P220ST has quickly become my second favorite. :)
I got one of the early ones and am halfway convinced that SIG put a little extra care into those produced on surplus P220 Sport frames.
But every time I say that somebody reacts like I just said something about they mama.:D

Amish
July 5, 2003, 04:21 PM
The 220ST are priced around $630-$670. The 226ST are around $800-$850 new. I personally like the 220ST myself, but I wouldn't carry one around due to it's 39oz weight empty.

Ian11
July 6, 2003, 09:32 PM
Congratulations. You now own one of the finest handguns in the world.

I encourage you to let other people try your P220ST at the range. More people should know what a fantastic pistol the P220ST really is. If I'm shooting mine at the range I'm always looking for someone who might want to take it for a spin.;)

agony
July 7, 2003, 12:26 AM
I got one of the early ones and am halfway convinced that SIG put a little extra care into those produced on surplus P220 Sport frames.

Spread the good word, B. :) ;)





Great report KMKeller!

Kentucky Rifle
July 7, 2003, 04:23 PM
This is the Sig that I think about the most.

KR

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