How do I get info on this Sig ? It is a great gun. But too old to get ANY info on it from Sig.
It appears that you have two extra digits?
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Pretty much the identical thread running in the New Members Intro subforum --> https://sigforum.com/eve/forum...0601935/m/7620077994
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Welcome aboard. Your pistol is a 1986 W. German P220-1 imported by SigArms who at the time were located in Tysons Corner, VA. The "weird symbols" you reference are German proof marks. The "beetle bug" is the proof stamp of the W. German Kiel Proof House while the Eagle/N stamp is the nitro (smokeless powder) proof. Most likely, the proof date code on your pistol is "JG" for 1986. Correct P220 pistols of this vintage will display matching serial numbers on the right side of the receiver, the right side of the slide and left (inside) side of the barrel chamber. Your pistol is an earlier model manufactured using the original, non-reinforced P220-1 receiver design. As such, it is advisable to avoid +P ammunition. With standard pressure loads however, your pistol is practically bomb proof - provided you keep it properly lubed and replace springs at recommended intervals. PS: We'd love to see some photos of your pistol.
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Thank you for the photos. The "dash one" model designation (i.e. P220-1) indicates the evolutionary production change from the European heel type magazine release to the more familiar American style. To date, all P220-1 pistols I have examined display the serial number on the right side of the receiver. Prior to this location, the serial number appeared on the front of the grip frame. I have long believed the change in serial number location was commensurate with the introduction of the American style magazine release. Is by chance your pistol serial numbered on the front of the grip? If so, I suspect it is a very early "dash one" model produced during this transitional period.This message has been edited. Last edited by: hjs157,
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Man I enjoy your posts hjs. Can you say more of the P220-1 non supported receiver? Also, while some don't like the earlier spur hammers, I always thought they were kinda sexy. Was their not something very important to consider about the early P220s concerning decock or half cock which is safety related? Not sure if it applies to this Era of P220s?
Originally posted by David Lee:
The "dash one" designation was an internal SIG catalog reference which indicated the evolutionary production change from the original heel type magazine release to the more familiar American style. This change occurred in ~1985 though I am unaware of the exact serial number. The end labels on boxes of this era listed the updated model as a P220-1. The reinforced receiver was introduced at serial number G211300. This change occurred to better accommodate the use of +P ammunition, though there was no change in the model number designation. At serial number G219166, the bobbed hammer replaced the spur hammer. This change occurred commensurate with the addition of the rebounding hammer safety which was designed to address concerns if/when the user manually decocked their weapon. While SIG emphatically cautioned against manually decocking their pistols, there were reports of ND's resulting from failure to properly use the decocking feature. Interestingly, the P226 (as well as the P228) incorporated the rebounding hammer safety from the beginning of production.
Thank you sir. Rebounding hammer safety. I lost track of this. Surely appreciate the information.
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