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Old 03-19-2009, 05:17 AM   #1
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I am brand new to this website, and this is my first post. I have had firearms for over 50 years, and have quite a bit of general knowledge, but here is one thing that I am curious about. I have a chance to pick up a very nice, older Sig 220 in .45 caliber. I have been told that the older 220's have some sort of sheetmetal slide construction, and aren't as good as the newer ones with more modern slides. Is there any truth to this assertion? Thanks, in advance, for any facts or opinions you might have.

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Old 03-20-2009, 06:06 AM   #2
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The older guns did have stamped slides, but that wouldn't keep from purchasing an older Sig-Sauer pistol for a good price. They make quality firearms, and just because production methods of changed/improved doesn't mean the older guns are not quality pieces.

To help alleviate any concern, you might request to have the gun inspected by an experienced gunsmith who can check the gun for problems.

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Bighead,
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I am a Sig armorer so I have a bit of experience with the P-220. While I do not own any Sig pistols, I feel the older P-220's are excellent pistols. The slide is actually 3 piece. The main body, the breech block (pinned in) and the nose piece (welded in). I have never seen a Sig slide fail, ever.

The newer slides are made in the USA on modern CNC machines.

I would not hesitate to buy an "older" Sig. You might be able to talk the owner down as it is "old".

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I have had a Sig P220 for over 12 yrs now and love it. I have done alot of research in to the newer Sig Pistols and have heard alot of different horror stories about them. But you can not go wrong with an older model Sig. It will not let you down.
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