BDA Sig 220 old style

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kBob, May 11, 2016.

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  1. kBob

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    So the wife is looking at being on the road and over nights and is considering digging her old Browning BDA .45ACP out of storage. She wants something larger than her carry gun and with more umph while on the road or in her several nights a week distant apartment.

    I started looking at possible up grades to make me feel better at least and ran into some "issues"

    The BDA has the "European" heel mounted mag release and all the replacement mags I have found feature floor plates that would seem to not allow that heel catch to work. Are there any that will work and are reliable with the European style heel release?

    The BDA has no guide rod or a hole for one in the front of the slide so I am concerned that any 220 replacement springs will not be correct. Suggestions?

    She seems stuck with issue sights as the BDA did not feature a drift adjustable front sight, it is fixed. I had hopped to put either a Tritium dot or at least a glow rod type front on but that is out. No rails of course, so adding flashlight or laser is out.

    Finally there is the trigger. She has always had difficulty reaching the trigger for that first DA shot and decades past her solution was to thumb cock, which I was never happy with. Will any off the trigger kits available for the Modern 220 work in the old BDA and shorten the distance to the face of the DA trigger without adding to trigger pull? If so which?

    I would be happy if I were using this BDA myself the way it is. I borrowed it on occasion for various steel and card board shoots and always did well with it, even though I always used first shot DA.

    I just want to make me feel better with her depending on this 1970's gun on the road half the week.

    Help?

    -kBob
     
  2. .455_Hunter

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    I think the best bet would be to go pickout a new carry gun that already has the features she is looking for instead of trying to modify her classic P220.
     
  3. Robert101

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    yes, buying a gun that has the features she desires seems the logical choice to me as well.
     
  4. CNobbe

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    Not to mention that BDA is something of a collector's item now. I had a very early P220 with Euro mag release.
     
  5. bannockburn

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    kBob

    I had a BDA in .45 many years ago. It was a very reliable and accurate gun plus it was very comfortable to shoot. I would have to agree with the others who posted that you would probably be better off getting a new or used P220 that had all the features you were looking for instead of trying to modify the BDA.
     
  6. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    If she really likes the gun, I'd find her an older non railed Sig branded P220. They share many parts with the current production P220s so parts would not be an issue.
     
  7. CNobbe

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    They also make a compact version of the P220, 6+1 capacity and of course the big P220 mags will also work with it. :)
     
  8. Robbins290

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    I have a p220 and a p220c. The compact is rather large and might be perfect for her. Cant go wrong with current production. Can buy spare springs and common wear parts and keep on hand. If something breaks during a range trip, it will be fixed when you get home. And not wait a week or so for the part to come in the mail
     
  9. wgsigs

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    Could you post a pic? I always thought the Browning .45 BDA was just a re-branded SIG P220 with its own set of serial numbers. All P220s I am aware of have guide rods and standard recoil springs.
     
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