New vs older Sig 220 question

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Retiredfireguy, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Retiredfireguy

    Retiredfireguy New Member

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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.
     
  2. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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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.
     

  3. Retiredfireguy

    Retiredfireguy New Member

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    Bighead,
    Thanks for your reply.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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".
     
  5. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

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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. :confused: But you can not go wrong with an older model Sig. It will not let you down.:D