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Which model SIG 220 do I own?

Discussion in 'The Sig Sauer Club' started by ChiefWPD, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Kind of a long story. A million years ago (late 1980s) I served as a lieutenant in the NYPD’s Firearms and Tactics Section. Among my responsibilities was research and testing (it was a tough job, but someone had to do it). Anyway, SIG sent us a bunch of handguns to evaluate. As I recall there were some 230s (standard weight and airweight versions) and a couple of SIG 220s. All the SIGs performed flawlessly and we (I had several firearms instructors under my supervision) put many rounds through them. When it was time to send them back SIG didn’t really want them so offered them to us at a Very Good Price. So, I picked up one of the 220s (super reliable and darn accurate) plus an extra half dozen mags for it.

    My carry guns over the last +twenty years has been Glock semi-autos or an assortment of revolvers, so the SIG has been a safe queen except on rare occasions when I’d give her some exercise (I know she doesn't look it, but she's had around 1,000 rounds run thru her over the years).

    Anyway, this model has a fixed front sight, no rail (as is obvious from the photos) and is an older version of the design. Can anyone tell me which variant I own and where it falls among the SIG 220 line?


    Oh, one last thing. Approximate value of the gun and all those magazines?




    Never bothered to unwrap four of the magazines.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012

  2. My 94 model has the rounded hammer that came out in about mid 93. They also had a bit of green paint on the recoil spring to notate that they were beefed up for +p ammo. Yours was made pre 93. They are great guns. Mine shoots better groups with any ammo than any of my other guns.
  3. looks to me to be a SiGARMS imported, Tysons Corner marked, mid to late 1980's West German made SiG Sauer P220 with standard SiG Blue finish and stock sights...should be quite nice but then you already know that...with mags I'd think close to $500 or so...maybe a bit more for someone looking for this particular type P220 (among the best in my experience)

    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  4. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Silversport, thanks for the info. Is this the first model of the 220 that came out or were there earlier variations?
  5. there are some earlier versions if you count those imported by other than SiGARMS but Tysons Corner is the first home of SiGARMS (IIRC)...they were imported by Hawes, Interarms and Browning as the BDA back before SiGARMS was that time SiGARMS just imported them and did not make any of them...

  6. dmaynor


    May 16, 2011
    I don't think Sig had the same "million model lines" back then that the do now. Back then a 220 was a 220. Not like today where I own a 220 Rail, a 220 Scorpion, a 220 Equinox, and a 220 Elite Dark.

    Unless I am mistaken it's marked Tyson's Corner, VA. If that's right it would have been made between 1985 and 1987 which means its a full size 220 with no variant.

    Disclaimer: I am not a historian, just a Sig fan.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
  7. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    Correct, that's what is marked on the slide.
  8. LDNN


    Jan 29, 2011
  9. tim12232

    tim12232 Pistolero

    Aug 15, 2011
    I like that 220! Its like a euro version 1911! Classy, well built and metal!
  10. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    $500 is about right,used Sig mags about $25 for blue and more for stainless Sig made only.
  11. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    If you look under the front of the slide there should be a two letter date code. This will tell you what year it was made in.

    A B C D E F G H J K
    0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
  12. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    I'm so glad you posted that picture, going to show it to the owner of my LGS, he don't believe Browning had those out, I had one about the same time as yours, didn't like because of the mag release.
  13. JasonC8301


    Oct 23, 2006
    Not sure about the gun but I bet some of the guys you worked with at FTS are still there. Some guys still have that round senior instructor patch.
  14. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Three mags of Winchester Ranger T-Series 230 gr .45
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  15. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    Hey Barth. I just bought a P220 Carry. What accessories and stuff should I buy for it?