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Finally got a SIG P220 after many years of lustful thoughts

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 1KPerDay, Jul 16, 2013.

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  1. 1KPerDay

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    Exactly the type I wanted... stamped slide, KC date code, basically new. Very little use, judging by the minimal smiley on the barrel. No wear on rails. Sexy old-style grips.

    Seller misplaced the original mags but provided stainless 8 rounders instead; didn't bother me as I wanted primarily a shooter. And it shoots!

    First 5 rounds out of the gun, 25 feet standing, Rem/UMC ball:
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    Then ran through a few mags full at steel plates at 20 yards; didn't miss a single one. Oh, yes... I like this pistol. I may eventually get a short reset trigger but I could get used to it the way it is. My P226 (which is my primary competition pistol) has the short reset and short reach and it's very nice, but this feels verrrry good.

    Sorry about the crappy cellphone pics... thought some might want to see them.
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  2. allaroundhunter

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    I'm pretty sure that every P220 that I have shot came with stainless magazines.

    Beautiful pistol, and it certainly is a shooter!
     
  3. MCMXI

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    I have a P220 just like that with the original spur style hammer. I bought it NIB in '92/'93 ... it came in a cardboard box with a test target. You made a great choice there ... ENJOY!!


    My first P220 came with blued steel 7-round magazines ... I still have them.
     
  4. JDGray

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    Very nice! I've tried to like Sig triggers, but just cant get used to them:( It took me 300rds to get a group like yours, then next time out, gotta get used to it again...
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    Very nice choice.

    I must say that I've never seen one with the original (sharp) spur hammer with the dovetailed front sight. The last one I saw had the front sight as part of the slide...and it did come in an orange cardboard box. Every dovetailed front sight model I've seen has been in a black plastic box like the one you have.

    I really do like the older style checker grip panels too. Do you know if you have the longer mainspring with the steel retainer or the shorter one with the plastic boot?

    The original, German made, factory magazines were all in blued steel...mine all have the dovetail rear seam. The stainless magazines are all manufactured in Italy by Mec-Gar
     
  6. Fremmer

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    Nice pistol, it looks so good without a rail!
     
  7. 1KPerDay

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    I guess the longer metal one... the guide rod is metal with a lip on it that butts against the spring.

    I think. don't think I've ever seen a plastic one.
     
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    I agree... I'm not a fan of the rails.
     
  9. JTQ

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    I'm pretty sure 9mmepiphany is talking about the mainspring, along the backstrap, found inside the grip, while I'm pretty sure you are talking about the recoil spring.
     
  10. 1KPerDay

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    Oh, duh. right. Haven't looked at the mainspring.
     
  11. KodeFore

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    Nice looking gun.
     
  12. MCMXI

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    My P220 (top) has a dovetailed front sight and spur hammer and it came in a cardboard box which I still have along with a test target. When I bought it from The Place To Shoot in Portland, Oregon in late '92 or early '93 there was only one SIG P220 model available. I much prefer Hogue grips over the factory ones.

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    By the way, I bought my first P225 back in '95 which also came in a cardboard box with a test target and I still have those too. Back then I don't ever remember seeing a SIG sold in a plastic box. Don't make me get my camera out and start taking photos of cardboard boxes and test targets ... 'cause I will. :scrutiny:
     
  14. 1KPerDay

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    Go ahead.... IMO the P225 is the quintessential SIG. Wanna sell me yours? :D
     
  15. Arkansas Paul

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    The P220 was my first experience with Sig pistols and I was instantly in love. It belonged to a co worker that I met up with for a range day once. It's definitely on my want list.
    For now I have a SP2022 and I guess it will have to do me until I am in a position to get a real one. :)
     
  16. MCMXI

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    I've only got two .... maybe if I had three. :D They are outstanding pistols though.

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    Dang... Droolworthy. You don't really need TWO, right? Nudge nudge :D
     
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    I'll have to think about it. :scrutiny:
     
  19. Bovice

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    Nice gun! I have an old P220 as well, it's easily my most accurate pistol. It has the checkered grips too, which I'm especially fond of. It's a '96 though and has the rounded rebounding hammer. I have two nearly mint 7 round mags, and to be honest I prefer the newer 8s. The baseplate on the 7 doesn't have much meat on it, and it's a little funky to seat it quickly on a closed slide. The 8s have that nice bumper to slap.

    When you go to change recoil springs, make sure you get the one with green marking paint. The red ones are for the short slide versions.
     
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    My P220 served me well and never had any issues with it. It was completely reliable and very accurate. I prefer these older folded slide SIGs and do not care for the rail models. My gun was a mid 90s production and came with the blue/phosphate zipper-back mags. I used mostly Mec-Gar mags(7 rnd) before they actually started making the SIG mags,they worked flawlessly. The early 8(90s) round P220 mags did not have the best rep for reliability.
     
  21. 1KPerDay

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    Thanks for the tips, Bovice. :cool:


    After shooting a couple of mags, my brother was curious if it recoiled more than a full-size steel 1911... so we did a quick test.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYGmpB1_pXo

    Results for those who can't abide cell-phone videos:

    Completely non-scientific, subjective evaluation of the felt recoil and muzzle flip of the SIG P220, 1992 date, alloy frame, .45 ACP, compared to the Dan Wesson Heritage Razorback 1911, steel frame, 2011 date, .45 ACP. Ammo used was Remington/UMC 230 grain ball.

    Results: Shooter 1 felt the SIG kicked more and the recoil felt "faster"; Shooter 2 felt the SIG had slightly more recoil to the hand overall, but the 1911 had more muzzle flip. Both are awesome handguns.
     
  22. Bovice

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    I guess I can see the "fast" recoil thing in comparison to a 1911. The 220 is a tad shorter and lighter than the typical 1911. I think it feels like catching a not-so-softly thrown softball in the web of a glove.

    I should post a picture of one of my first groups with my P220. it looks remarkably similar to yours.

    I have new SIGs and old, but not one of them seems as well "fit" together like my 220.
     
  23. 9mmepiphany

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    Thanks for the videos. I always find them interesting when comparing two guns with the same shooter...adding a second shooter just made it better.

    The SIG 220 is about the same size as the 1911 Commander and the lighter slide does come back a bit faster.

    The DW did seem to have a bit more muzzle flip, which would be a bit different that common belief as the SIG's bore is a bit higher above the hand...but what you felt is what I observed in the vid of you shooting
     
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    I have a 220 carry and love it. I do think the 227 will replace it.
     
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    Yeah, I would have bet money the 1911 would have less muzzle flip. But pudding=proof.
     
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