New Sig P220 Problems?


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Para-Medic
February 23, 2012, 06:18 PM
A few of my friends got Sigs within the past year, and some of them had serious problems.

Thing is, I'm in the market for a new .45 ACP pistol, and the Sig P220 Stainless Nitron has really caught my eye. All steel .45 in a well regarded design.

I've been reading on on Sig's and I see a lot of people saying new Sig's (or maybe just the 220's?) aren't as good as they used to be, and that Sig's quality control has gone down the pipes considerably within the past few years.

Does anyone have an experience or knowledge on this? I'd really like one of those SIG p220's, but not if it's not reliable enough to stake my life on.

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243winxb
February 23, 2012, 06:29 PM
Seen a new Sig Sauer 1911 45ACP Commemorative POW MIA Edition at the range last month, would not feed with factory hardball ammo. May be it was made to be looked at and not fired.

JDGray
February 23, 2012, 06:34 PM
My new 220 hasn't failed me yet, but only shot it once putting 100rds down range. Love the slim feel of it, but really don't like Sig triggers to well. I've owned 2 other Sigs, but traded or sold them cause I don't like the triggers that much. All of them were 100% reliable.

hogrdr
February 23, 2012, 06:45 PM
the mesQuito and 238 has really hurt sig. i personally wouldn't be afraid of a 220. like the guy said, thet have really mushy triggers.

sigarms228
February 23, 2012, 07:38 PM
What model SIGs did your friends have?? There were a lot of problems, as hogrdr said, with the P238 though that seems to be resolved now and also some problems with earlier P250s.

I would not hesitate to buy a new Sig P220 Stainless Nitron if I was in the market for a new stainless steel frame P220 and I have not been hearing about or reading about any reliability problems with new P220s other than the occasional lemon that all manufactures are subject to. The only P220 that I would personally stay away from is any with the milled stainless steel slide that has internal extractor which is NOT that case with the Sig P220 Stainless Nitron.

New classic SIG P series pistols, the SP2022, and the 1911 line are all great pistols. Myself I have no interest in a P250, P238, or P290.

vvanders
February 23, 2012, 09:58 PM
I've had a new(Exeter) P220 Compact with at least a thousand rounds through it, not a single FTF/FTE and more accurate than I am.

Winkman822
February 23, 2012, 10:02 PM
I just got a new Exeter made P226 Navy with a build/ship sticker that says 12/31/11 and it's been great thus far with factory hardball and JHPs. I plan to log some more trigger time with it this weekend.

dave2
February 23, 2012, 10:11 PM
Last year I bought a new Sig P220 .45 cal (black, Exeter made, with the rail and night sights) and a 9mm Sig P229 SAS.
I have not had any issues with these two Sigs. I love them both particularly the 229. The quality seems excellent and I've not had one problem. Perhaps some of their pistols have had some issues (the P250) but I believe the company will work those out. The competition is tough so they had better work through their quality issues. If not their reputation will suffer.

Dave

Lonestar49
February 23, 2012, 10:36 PM
A few of my friends got Sigs within the past year, and some of them had serious problems.



What serious problems did they have..?

Did they both have 220's with internal extractors or external extractors..?

Find out exactly and avoid what they had.. would be my best advise

For now,


Ls

Para-Medic
February 23, 2012, 11:03 PM
What serious problems did they have..?

Did they both have 220's with internal extractors or external extractors..?

Find out exactly and avoid what they had.. would be my best advise

One had a Sig P220 Combat with the threaded barrel. It would have failure to go into battery's. Another had a standard 220 that had a loose extractor

2zulu1
February 24, 2012, 02:24 AM
Positive feedback from my new P220 SAO, 500 rounds the first week, but it's in competition with a pair of Colt 1911s. :)

Manson
February 24, 2012, 04:54 AM
hogdr is correct. The .22 caliber Sig had serious issues. And the P238 had problems early on. Those have since been corrected. But the P220 is one of the most reliable .45's out there. I own three of them and they eat everything. They are accurate out of the box. Soft shooters that are worry free.

Just remember that they are not Glocks. They want to run wet. So grease the rails and a drop or two of oil and you're good to go.

1858
February 24, 2012, 05:40 PM
One had a Sig P220 Combat with the threaded barrel. It would have failure to go into battery's. Another had a standard 220 that had a loose extractor


I have old and new P220s including a P220 Combat and P220 Carry made in 2010. I've shot quite a few rounds through both (> 1,000 each) and the Carry hasn't had a single failure with factory (230gr,185gr) or reloads (230gr,200gr,185gr) using SIG 8-round magazines i.e. typical SIG P220 performance. However, the Combat has been a little more challenging with SIG 10-round magazines. The phosphate coating caused some failure-to-feed issues initially, but after a few boxes it started to work just fine. I've had a couple of failures-to-feed with the 10-round magazines using factory ammunition and reloads but no issues with 8-round magazines. I'm not convinced that the 10-round magazines are a good idea. I suppose I should try them in my other SIGs to see if the problem really is with the magazines. In summary, I have five P220s dating from '92 to '10 and they are extremely reliable with the standard SIG 8-round magazines. I have 25+ of the 8-round SIG magazines and all five P220s work just fine with them.

That all stainless P220 with a Nitron finish intrigues me. If they make an Elite version I'll buy one.

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