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1911 or SIG P220?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by KrankyKraut, Aug 19, 2007.

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  1. KrankyKraut

    KrankyKraut Member

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    I am going to get a .45, and have narrowed it down to a new 1911 (probably a RIA) or a used P220 (in SAO). Which would you recommend, and why?
     
  2. DiN_BLiX

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    I say both are nice, but RIA is difinitly the better value ( get the tactical ) Ive read horrer storys about the hammer pin? drifting out on the 220 while firing. I do however know a guy who carried a 220 when he was a duputy and he has never mentioned this problem.
     
  3. SoCalShooter

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    Get the 1911. I love'em can't live without one.
     
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    I've had lots of both 1911s and P220s (albeit traditional DA/SA variants). My P220s have been flawless in every way with absolutely ZERO tuning needed - something I cannot say about my Colts and Springers and Kimbers and such.
     
  5. Lonestar49

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    Shoot them first if you can

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    Any chance you can find a range that rents both type guns?

    I think that could help alot in your consideration, as they are definitely 2 different animals.

    Luck,


    LS
     
  6. timmyb21

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    P220! I've never shot a 1911, but i loves my Sig!
     
  7. JohnMcD348

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    Which ever one fits in your hand better, get it. You won't be sorry about either choice. I used a P220 from time to time while I was inthe military and I own a 1911. I love them both.

    It really comes down to which ever of the two are the most comfortable for you to hold. If it fits better, you aim better, you shoot longer and your aim improves.
     
  8. pablo45

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    Sig! That is my replacement of the 1911. I don't like beaver tail safeties.
     
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    I have a SIG P220. It's an incredibly reliable pistol. It will shoot fmj, swc reloads, jhp's and even doubletaps fmj flat point w/o a hitch. The 1911 is a great pistol in its own right but I would pick the sig if given the choice!
     
  11. 40SW

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    If you can afford to, get both, if not, The RIA is a better value for the money.
     
  12. Noxx

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    Never heard of any such thing myself. Given the design, I'd like to know where it would go.

    Anyway we've had this debate a few times around here, and the sane answer is most likely "shoot em both, pick the gun that fits YOU, not us."

    That being said, my personal opinion remains that if I had to pick either one to bet my life on, it's the Sig for me every time.
     
  13. FullEffect1911

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    1911. A bad 1911 trigger is like a perfect anything else trigger (perhaps slight exaggeration). Ergonomics, easy to acquire parts, easy to maintenance, competition in the market, boatloads of experience and information, and darn fine looks to boot.

    Hard to go wrong with a 1911.
     
  14. 10-Ring

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    IMO, very different pistols. Both are SAO, but one is a more conventional 1911 from a manufacturer not really known for high end quality but more for value while the other has earned a reputation for high quality & has a legion of fans ready to attest to that.
    Between the two, I would go w/ the SIG simply for the piece of mind that you know you're getting quality.
     
  15. full metal

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    I sold my sig it was ok but it did not fit my hand like my 1911's.
    see what work's for you,If one gun fit us all we would not have so many choice's.
     
  16. jpwilly

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    Once I shot a 1911 that was it for me. They just feel right! Love at first bang!
     
  17. jungleroy

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    I think their both excellent firearms, I own an old blue German Sig p220 and it has functioned wonderfully for as long as I can remember.
    I also own several 1911's, but the Sig goes more places with me.
     
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    I own both--my 220 is the TDA format. If the SIG fits you, I believe it is the better pistol out of the two you are looking at. If you were looking at a higher end 1911, my answer might change. The SIG will be a great pistol out of the box. 1911's can be and may even be most of the time, but they have a higher likelyhood of needing "work". The 220 will be accurate and will maintain it's resale value well.
     
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    I just can't reconcile a SIG with a 1911. They are definitely not the same animal. I had two P220s but have long since sold both and can't ever imagine buying another. I say this even though I like SIG.

    1911s are more natural shooters. And they are much more amenable to the person. The 1911 trigger is the standard by which all others are judged and found wanting. Go with a 1911.
     
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    I own both. Kimber and an American release 220 , when I bought the Sig the American release was a new option.

    The Sig is reliable, feeds anything, disassembles and reassembles easily and has defended my family in times of crisis - no exaggeration, we're alive today because I had it on me one dark and lonely night.

    That said, I prefer the Kimber. Talk about accurate! Holy crap! Add to this, mixed mags of various weight and configuration rounds feed through it like butter.

    There's a break-in period with a 1911 and not with a 220, but that aside, the 1911 fits and performs better for me.

    For out of the box reliability, decocking and revolver like DA/SA - Sig.

    For me, the 1911.
     
  21. davinci

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    why are you asking us?
    oh hold on, my wife is asking me if she should dye her hair 'chesnut' or 'strawberry blonde'... What do you guys think?
     
  22. Ala Dan

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    I've carried a SIG P220A .45 ACP for year's; and NEVER have had to face
    any issues~! :cool: Sure, the 1911 is a very nice addition to any collection
    but for stone cold reliablility- I'll take the SIG any day~! :scrutiny:;):D
     
  23. col_tapiocca

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    "strawberry blond" hmm...... I can't imagine!
    Anyway a strawberry blond woman must be looks very hot:)

    However. I own a colt serie 70, It's my second favorite handgun .45 acp is very expensive here in good old europe. (The first choice is my Sphinx AT-2000s)
    And I shoot with several P220 (Swiss army issued model) and I own a P225 and trade my P226 for a other gun. Never been a big fan of SigSauer P22x Serie pistol. But a real swiss made P210 is a other story!

    My personal opinion is:
    SIG are in general better as CCW. Because light wight and no external safty.

    1911 is a better range gun.

    No Ideas about 1911 from RIA but my colt is very solid build and seams be a long lasting gun.
     
  24. doubleg

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    The 1911 of course. The DA/SA is a solution looking for a problem:neener:. With how easily and quickly a 1911's safety can be turned off it rivals the time spent on the heavy DA trigger.
     
  25. Lonestar49

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    SAO, not DA/SA P220

    Quote: I am going to get a .45, and have narrowed it down to a new 1911 (probably a RIA) or a used P220 (in SAO). Which would you recommend, and why?
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    He's comparing a Single Action Only P220 to a 1911..


    LS
     
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