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Imagine Sinatra in a satin charcoal Armani suit, sitting in a leather-lined smoking chair, puffing on a fat Cuban and sipping top-shelf whiskey. There’s your SIG P220 Elite. Sure, there are cheaper ways to get the same kicks. This SIG costs the thick end of a grand and does pretty much the same thing as weapons costing half as much. But would you really slum it if you didn’t have to? Who says you do? And here’s why you shouldn’t . . .

First Glance

Some people love the utilitarian look of modern polymer pistols. When they see a Glock or Springfield XD they know that these weapons are all business. No bells or whistles, and certainly no ‘bling.’ Others prefer firearms at the other end of the spectrum. They’re attracted to Grade AAA walnut stocks, gold plated triggers and inlays that hold more precious metals than their wife’s wedding ring. The SIG SAUER P220 Elite takes a Robert Palmer approach: offering enthusiasts the best of both worlds.

SIG mills the P220’s slide from a solid block of stainless steel. The craftsmen finish the result in their proprietary Nitron coating, turning it flat-black. They fashion the equally black frame from hard-anodized aluminum. Both processes leave the pistol with a very durable, non-reflective finish. The dust cover is railed to accept tactical lights and/or lasers. The front strap and the front of the trigger guard offer owners’ hands some light checkering,.

The P220 Elite’s beautiful rosewood grip panels are unique to the model. Visually, they grab your attention like custom wheels on a German sports car. The panels brandish the SIG SAUER logo with some light stippling for added grip.

Some people prefer aggressive checkering or sticky rubber grips on their combat pistol. For me, wood is good. For concealed carry, sticky rubber grips tend to grab at my clothing. The SIG’s wood panels are a perfect blend of form and function; they allow a smooth grab and provide more than enough grip when shooting.

The SIG SAUER P220 Elite boasts a big beavertail (BT); the same size as the one on my competition 1911. As with all beavertails, it serves a dual-purpose. When drawing your BT-equipped pistol, you put your hand on the grip and slide it up until you feel pressure in the web of your hand. You can then be certain that your hand is on the gun where it’s supposed to be.

The BT also ensures that no matter how high you grip the gun, you won’t  have to worry about slide bite: when the slide rockets backwards, removing skin from the thumb muscle. For people with large hands, a protruding abductor pollicis brevis muscle or digits that tend to “climb” up the grip when drawing (especially on smaller-framed pistols and revolvers), this is no small thing.

The P220 Elite SIG includes their SIGLITE© Night Sights. The tritium filled sights are similar to Trijicon’s Night Sights, which glow in the dark.

Tritium gets its name from “tritos,” Greek for “third.” It’s a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, commonly referred to as “H3” (no, not that ugly Hummer thing). Tritium releases electrons. In the presence of phosphors, the emitted electrons cause the phosphors to emit light without the need for batteries.

Bottom line: they work. As Tritium has a half-life of just over 12 years, plan on getting new sights installed every decade or so if you to keep the sights bright enough to use in a dark house.

Get a Grip?

The P220 Elite’s height and length are almost identical to that of a full-size Government Model 1911. Fom a thickness standpoint, the P220 Elite is quite a bit larger than other single-stack pistols. The factory grip panels account for lot of that width. Having handled other P220 pistols, I noticed that aftermarket grips really “thin” them out. I hear that the SIG Aluminum grip panels are the thinnest available, but have not yet had the opportunity to try those out.

The P220 Elite’s grip is simply too wide for my wife’s hands. My neighbor’s 14-year-old daughter (same physical size) shoots the P220 without a hitch. I asked a half-dozen other shooters to try to SIG SAUER P220 Elite, with a similar results. Some liked the width. Others did not. At a grand a pop, I’d suggest you find a quality gun range that rents a P220 Elite before purchase.

Firing Impressions

As with all my previously tested SIG’s, out-of-the-box accuracy is phenomenal; more than acceptable for a combat or a CCW handgun. The SIG SAUER P220 can certainly shoot better than I can. The picture below shows my first 10-shot grouping – shot with 230-gr Winchester WWB .45ACP ammo, handheld, at 33 feet. For those who are as OCD as I am, I know there are 11 holes! The flyer at the top right of the Shoot-N-C target was actually a VERY low shot by the person shooting at the target above this one.

Fit and finish is what you’d expect in a combat handgun costing a grand. There’s some slight play between the slide and frame, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Too tight clearances have been known to cause binding, especially if the pistol gets dirty or heats up from constant shooting. The SIG’s barrel lockup is very tight and there is no movement between the barrel and slide.

After the first day of shooting (200 rounds of Winchester WWB), I fully disassembled the pistol. None of the internals appeared to have formed any burrs or rough spots. The finish on the top of the barrel wore down evenly from the movement of the slide. The locking lugs on the underside of the barrel were clean and burr free as well. Inspecting the spent brass, I discovered that all primer strikes were centered and well formed.

Decock a doodle do?

Unlike modern polymer guns (e.g. the Springfield XD and Glock anything), the SIG SAUER P220 is a SA/DA (single action/double action) pistol. Slap a bullet-filled magazine in the well and rack the SIG’s slide. The action loads a cartridge and cocks the hammer. The P220 is now in single action mode. One 4.4 pound. pull from your fingertip sends a bullet downrange.

For safety’s sake, the SIG SAUER P220 has a decocking lever on the left side of the barrel. Press it down fully with your thumb and the mechanism safely lowers the hammer. The gun is now in double action mode. To discharge the weapon, you’ll need a ten pound trigger pull. After that initial trigger pull, the gun switches to single action mode, with the lighter pull.

For lots of enthusiasts, this SA/DA set-up is a deal-breaker. They don’t want to mess around with a lever and trigger modes or master two different trigger pulls. The argument for it? Safety. If the first pull is long and hard, you’re less likely to create a negligent discharge. The argument against the argument for it? Trigger discipline.

One things for sure: if you do have an DA/SA pistol, you want a decocking lever. I’ve seen two negligent discharges from two DA/SA pistols without the lever.

SRT Ate?

With older SIGs, the trigger bar controls and resets the firing-pin block. The bar has to push the firing-pin block all the way back to the “starting position” each time the trigger is released. With the new SRT (Short Reset Trigger) system, the firing-pin block is now out of the way through the cycling of the slide. When the trigger is released, only the trigger bar and sear need to be reset, resulting in a much shorter length of travel.

If you haven’t shot a SIG in a while, you’ll be blown away—I mean impressed by the SRT. The reset isn’t as short/quick as a pistol with a proper trigger job. But for a stock combat handgun, it’s entirely respectable. After putting the SIG SAUER P220 Elite through its paces during two 100-round steel matches, I can report that the reset is fast and concise. You can take up the small amount of pre-travel slack easily before obtaining a sight picture on the next target. The trigger break is very “glass rod” – clean and sharp. More importantly, the trigger break doesn’t vary from shot to shot.

Long Term Testing

To date, I’ve put over 1600 rounds of ammo through this firearm without any FTF’s or FTE’s with any ball ammo. The only issue: a single box of 230-gr Remington JHP rounds. It seems that UMC marked Remington ammo is loaded at the maximum headspacing (the distance between the top of the bullet to the top of the brass casing). With the magazine loaded with eight rounds, I couldn’t insert the magazine into the gun. The nose of the top bullet was jamming, preventing it from being properly inserted.

I don’t know if it was bad quality control. Nor do I know if these cartridges were mishandled during shipment. I have since used other boxes of Remington UMC 230-gr JHP ammo without a problem. The box of “oversized” Remington JHP’s shot well through a 5” Springfield 1911, but poorly through a 4” Wilson (go figure!). New boxes of the same ammo now seem to work just fine in the P220.

Other tested JHP ammunition includes Speer Gold Dots, Winchester PDX Bonded, Winchester WWB JHP (185-gr), and many others. Not a single FTF or FTE in the bunch. When used for CCW, I keep the SIG SAUER P220 Elite loaded with eight rounds of 230-gr Speer Gold Dots. That’s just personal preference to the Gold Dots—not because they perform any better than the others.

Carry on my wayward gun?

Many SIG fans tend to disregard the P220 Elite as a concealed carry piece. They gravitate towards smaller caliber offerings (SIG P228/P229). If they want a .45 ACP pistol, they consider the P220 Carry, or the newer P220 Compact. And yet . . .

A larger gun provides the increased stability of a full-size grip, plus the increased magazine capacity. People who complain about the difficulties concealing a full-size pistol need to look at their clothing/dress style and holster options. Even a Walther PPK will print and be difficult to carry if you’re wearing super tight—I mean “European Inspired” pants and shirts.

Some people—cough Farago cough—feel you need at least 16+1 capacity in a personal protection pistol. I think Col. Jeff Cooper put it best when he responded to a question of similar topic: “how many lethal antagonists do you think you are going to be able to handle?”

For almost 100 years, people have trusted their lives with six or seven round revolvers and 1911’s. This SIG adds an extra round to the offering; the P220 Elite is “enough gun” for personal protection. Besides, if I’m going to get into a “proper” gun fight, a pistol is a backup gun, or to a bridge to more rifle ammunition.

I have carried the P220 Elite in both outside the waistband (OWB) and inside the waistband (IWB) holsters. For OWB, I recommend a Galco Concealable Holster. Quality, modern-made, pre-formed leather holsters (like this Galco) hold a pistol more securely than you imagined. During some quick sprints up and down my staircase couldn’t get the SIG to fall out of even wiggle loose.

When packing the P220, I conceal-carry it with a CrossBreed SuperTuck holster. These holsters are ugly; barely recognizable as a holster. However, they are the most comfortable carry system I’ve ever used. The quality and craftsmanship is hard to beat. [ED: review to follow.]

Rods, Rags, Raggae

Like many other SIG’s, and many models from different manufactures, now come from the factory with plastic guide rods. For those who are new to firearms, and/or pistols, the guide rod is that little thing that pokes out of the front of the pistol, just below the barrel. Its purpose is to support the guide spring as the slide travels backwards under recoil.

Many thousands of Glocks, SIG’s, etc use plastic guide rods without problems. On the other hand, there are cases of plastic guide rods breaking under heavy loads or rapid fire. To be quite frank – I don’t care how many rounds your plastic guide-rod equipped SIG has through it without issues. This gun cost more than my first truck and that came with metal bumpers! I have never heard of a single metal guide-rod breaking under pressure, in competition, or in battle. It’s as simple as that.

After wearing the P220 in a leather holster all day, the Nitron coating on the stainless slide tends to discolor in some spots. It’s nothing a little oil doesn’t clean up or wipe away, but it’s something that bothers me. I keep a small rag in my gun safe and a small pump bottle of Rem-Oil in there as well. A small spritz of oil on the rag and a quick wipe down leaves the gun looking like new. Since I usually have this in my CrossBreed (Kydex/leather combination) holster, only the front left part of the slide needs to be wiped down.

If You Don’t Understand It . . .

The SIG SAUER P220 Elite is a terrific gun, but it’s not for everyone. The SA/DA trigger system remains controversial and the ergonomics are . . .  personal.

Is this SIG really $400 better than my XDm-40? Probably not. Then again, is my Infiniti really $20,000 better than a Hyundai Sonata? You pay for quality and you pay for reputation. No one said pricing is linear and the SIG P-series pistols are no exception.

In a SHTF situation, price be damned. When I’m shepherding my wife and kids under one arm, you can bet the farm that my free hand will be holding a SIG SAUER P220 Elite. I can’t think of any better endorsement than that.


Item Number: 220R-45-BSE
Caliber: .45ACP
Action Type: DA/SA
Trigger Pull DA: 10.0 lbs.
Trigger Pull SA: 4.4 lbs.
Overall Length: 8.32 in
Overall Height: 5.50 in
Overall Width: 1.60 in
Barrel Length: 4.40 in
Sight Radius: 6.30 in
Weight w/ Mag: 30.4oz
Mag Capacity: 8 Rounds
Sights: SIGLITE® Night Sights
Grips: Custom Rosewood Grips
Frame Finish: Black Hard Anodized
Slide Finish: Nitron®
Accessory Rail: Yes
Features” Ergonomic beavertail grip, SRT™ – Short Reset Trigger
MSRP: $1,200.00
CA Compliant: No
MA Compliant: No

RATINGS (out of five)

Style * * * *

Combines the sleek and well known lines of the SIG P-series with factory rosewood grips. Sweet.

Ergonomics * * * *

The SRT Trigger is wonderful; however, this pistol may be large for some people (mainly smaller handed people). I find the slide-release and the decocker easy to manipulate, even under stress. People unfamiliar with decocker’s or DA/SA pistols should spend a few extra sessions at the range before committing this gun to home/personal defense duties.

Reliability * * * * *

It’s a SIG. I’ve put over 1600 rounds of ammo through her, and even put her through two rounds of Tuesday Night Steel (USPSA style matches). Not a single FTF or FTE. I currently carry the P220 Elite with Speer Gold Dot 230-gr ammo, but have tried everything from Winchester PDX to WWB 230-gr JHPs and haven’t had any issues at all.

Customize This * *

This model already comes with SIGLITE night sights and factory rosewood grips. It offers an accessory rail for mounting a flashlight and/or laser combo. Other than that, a quality holster is all you’ll need for general or CCW carrying.

Overall Rating * * * *

One of my favorite SIG’s to date. The SRT trigger is the icing on the cake.

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    • Oooh. Oooh. I need some things righted. I have a big stack of books next to my desk that have fallen over. Hopefully I can find someone to right those. They are unsightly.

      The gun, however, is beautiful. I’m very envious and want to try one as soon as I can find it! Great review.

      • Gram, I was going to jump on this too, but your response was better! Sorry Austin, can’t believe that part about “righting” a book 🙂

  1. The gun is a Sig,what else do you need to know.The gun review was one of the best I have read.I plan to buy the P220 for my Christmas present to myself.I carried the Sig 9MM and bought the same for my Detectives for years.I am making the change to the 45ACP and by passing the 40 Cal.I carried the 45 Cal as a Military Policeman and as a civilian cop I missed the walk tall and carry a big caliber stick the 45 gave me.I guess sooner or later we make full circle and find out our fathers did know what they were doing when they went to war with the 45 strapped on their hip.The improvements made to the new P220 Match Elite Stainless excite me.

    • Well,I finally got the gun I have been trying to buy for myself for years.I caught up with a dealer in Missouri (Osage County Guns) that had a few Sig P220 45 Cal Match Elite Stainless pistols on hand.Had it transferred to my dealer in Little Rock.It is a thing of beauty as far as I am concerned.When you pick it up you know you have a real pistol in your hand.I love the weight of the stainless and the more pronounced dove tail on the new ones.I do plan to outline the rear sights with some glow in the dark in a color that helps to line up the front sight easier and quicker.And,just in time for this years Birthday to.My other Sig Sauer 45 Cal pistol is a good pistol but not exactly what I wanted.My biggest complaint with it is the rust problem.I clean my weapons every week but can’t seem to stay ahead of the rust that develops.I have heard other such complaints and wonder if some one has found a cure for the problem.

  2. This was an excellent review! I’ve been trying to decide if I should go with a 40 caliber or the 45. After reading the review I believe I’ll buy the 45. Thanks for all the great info.

    BTW. Maybe our RIGHT myself RIGHT after I read that Book the guy was RIGHTING! My wife is an editor so maybe RIGHTING a Book for this guy is not the best idea without an editor.

  3. I’ve carried and used P-220’s in Law Enforcement for years, uniformed and non….
    Never had a FTF or FTE with my Sigs, and .45 ACP will get the job done….I don’t need 16 rds…If I should, I’m getting the hell out of there and going for a rifle or shotgun….. I just purchased a P220 Elite in all SS….. Installed a Laser Max internal laser, and wow, were ever the red dot was, thats were my bullet went….Impressive…Bought a Crossbreed IWB holster, super comfortable to carry, conceals well… I also bought a Streamlight Weapon light for the rail, for night use….super bright…just have to find a good holster that takes the sig with my light…. Best damm gun made, Have used many many 1911 style guns, while good, all failed to feed or eject at one time or another, not my SIG

  4. I have owned a 226 for over 20 years and it remains the most accurate and consistent firearm I have ever owned – custom or stock. The test target that came with the pistol from the factory has one ragged hole in it. It was made in West Germany.

    Still, I am not a huge 9mm fan. I have just bought a 220 Elite Dark and although I have not had the chance to fire it yet it locks up as tight as a vault. If it shoots nearly as well as my 226 I know I will be pleased.

    • Follow up: Very disappointed with the adjustable night sights. They came loose during the first two boxes I fired. The Allan wrench that comes with the pistol to adjust them was so thin it was useless. I could not get enough torque to tighten down the sights without twisting it into a pretzel. I sent it back to the factory under warranty and Sig tightened them for me. Twenty rounds later they were loose again. It is on it’s way back to the factory again but this time they are replacing the sights with fixed night sights. The pistol is built well – no failure to feed or fire. When the sights are tight it groups very well but what good is that if you cannot count on the sights being right? Too bad…

  5. I have a 226 Elite in 9mm. It is my primary carry pistol. I have carried handguns for work and personal protection since I was 19 and have always felt the most comfortable with a Sig on my side. They simple feel right to me.

    My son is currently in the Army and has worked with Tier 1 guys in country. Using their gear rather than normal Army issue. He chose a 226 Elite and feels that, for him, it is the finest full sized pistol he could carry. He has relied on it to protect himself and others as they have gone into harms way. It simply works as advertised everytime the trigger is pulled. It brought him home.

    For me, there is no better endorsement and I will carry nothing less.

  6. I presently have a Sig Sauer P220. I have the exchange kit that converts my Sig Sauer P220 2-Step .22lr to .45ACP. What I want is only a frame for the Sig Sauer P220 so I can have two full-time functional Sig Sauer P220s. Any assistance you can give with this request would be greatly appreciated. When I contacted Sig Sauer, they said they only sell the package not the frame. Thank you, [email protected] Jeffrey Watson, Butte, Montana.

  7. I used to own a Sig 226 Elite in 40 S&W, along with a Sig 229 Platinum Elite in 40 S&W, and up to that day, they were by far the best guns I had ever owned. And I have owned alot of top of the line pistols. But I ended up selling both of them, and going to an H&K USP 45acp, because I have always owned 45’s, and I missed them. But, now I have just purchased the best of both worlds. I just bought a SIG Model 220 Elite in .45acp, and this will be with me until the day I die! This is the top of the line to me. It is totally stainless, with Sig-Lite Night Sights, and beautiful wood grips. And functions smooth as silk, and is the most accurate pistol I have ever owned. With .45acp power, and 3-8rd stainless mags, I have the best of all worlds.

  8. I just bought the dark 220 elite. I own a number of sigs that adjust windage with my sight pusher.Can anyone tell me the
    procedure for adjustment for windage and elevation with the allen screws. Thank you

  9. This review is very good and can be unilaterally applied to the entire P series. I have noticed several QC issues with the last two Sig that I have bought but after a quick trip back to NH everything was dandy. YMMV

  10. Very good review. Currently, I own several Sigs (P226 9mm Blackwater tactical, P229 9mm and P226R 40S&W) and these pistols have proven very reliable and accurate. I’m in the market for a Sig in 45acp and I’m seriously considering the P220 with beaver tail, SRT, aluminum grips, fixed night sights and a rail. Thank you for the insight. Love the comment of the soldier who trusts his life with a P220. Enough said.


    • I just got the P220 last week and it is a awesome gun, he will not go wrong getting it. Much respect for your sun. 14E US ARMY Ft Bliss.

  12. Sincerely agree with the review and the even handed treatment. I have had my P220 Stainless Elite for about 2 months and love it. If you think it looks good in black .. well check out the all stainless version!

    My only complaint is, like its owner, it is not a lightweight. I had to learn about Sig’s sight picture differing from how I was taught to shoot but once the adjustment to the shooter was complete the gun does it’s part. Very accurate, very well made and, yes I too own an Infiniti and I get your point!

  13. Terrific review! I do have a question though, I’ve checked Sig’s website several times and they don’t have a Elite, but there are several models with Elite in the name. Would this review be on the Elite Dark?

  14. i have the p-220 elite carry with adjustable sights. had the same problem with the adj. sight shooting loose with just 8 rounds and they are aware of the problem. very poorly made for the sig quality that was the reason that i purchased the elite. i also have a compact elite, an old 220,and a mosquito.

  15. Nice job on the review! It’s rare that I have a smile and enjoy reading each word online nowadays, thank you for that.

    I went from a xd 40 ported>xdm 40>hk45>sig p226r 9mm tacops>this will be my next upgrade. I miss the push of the .45 and dont like the plastic grips on the tacops.
    I ran over 4k rounds through my tacops without one issue, amazing gun and won me over as a sig owner for life. Even if I hit the lotto I think Id still get one of these over anything else out there.

    I heard Sig is using (2) MiM parts, and now a plastic guide rod…so these should be replaced to make them bullet proof correct?

    • @John – I think you are correct in that SIG uses MIM parts and they certainly use plastic guide rods. The guide rods are easy enough to replace, about $15-25 online (through Brownells, Numrich, or SIG directly). The MIM parts are what they are. I don’t know how one would go replacing them, at least in the newer guns with the SRT trigger (meaning I’m not sure if the SRT/non-SRT internals are interchangeable). I have not heard of any problems of them failing and I know of many local competitors that use new (SRT-equipped) SIG’s with great success.

  16. Not sure who’s copying who, but the basic shape of that pistol sure looks like a CZ-P01 (current object of my desire), with the squared off trigger guard and the rail on the front. Beautiful piece, worth every penny, I’m sure. Wood grips, yes!

  17. I just bought a Sig P220R Elite Stainless Steel, slide and frame and a Sig P220 Compact SAO with the extended beaver tail, aluminum grips both with fixed Sig Nite Sights. Really nice guns, very well made, waited 2 months for the 220 R Elite. The ompacts a limited edition model. I havent shot either yet, just ordered another Galco VHawk IWB holster to cary them. Cary a Kimber Ultra Eclipse II right now, in a Galco VHawk. Just waitin to break in these two new Sig’s and the leather, so I can cary them!! I own two Glock’s a 23, and a 30 and am looking at a new 3rd gen 36, but there’s just somethin bout german engineering, with american made slides. Love these two!!

  18. Both of my new 220’s have metal guide rods. And I have a couple of 1980’s West german Made 22o’s as well with the stamped steel slides. They all seem well made. However, both new 220’s have German made frames, I can tell by the proof stampings. Not sure on all the new aluminum frame guns. Heres a tip from an old gun guy, in my opinion stick to the clasic models such as 220, 226, 229. and the 1911s they (Sig) seem to work and seem bet your life on reliable, as for the new other models not so much. And I speak from personal experience. Any of the Elite models are rock solid, but should be at MSRP’s of $1368.00 for my P220R All stainless and $1068.00 for my 220 SAO extended beaver tail limited edition model. All in all very happy!

  19. Terrific review and replies. I sold a bunch of handguns over the past six months, and during the past two weeks, I purchased/traded into my way into a 4th P229, and my 5th P220. I have disliked the P220’s and rarely kept one more than a month or so. Until now. Yesterday and this morning, I put 200 rounds through my new P220 Elite Dark. I am so pleased with this weapon that I can’t convey it properly in writing. It ate four different kinds of factory ammo, and only balked on some really crappy reloads (truncated slugs that don’t work in ANY .45). The ergonomics for my hands work! That was always my major gripe with the 220s. This one came with the thin aluminum grips, not the rosewood. Because of a total lack of Law Enforcement where I live, and an abundance of some pretty nasty predators, I carry 24/7. After years of carrying a P229 on duty, I will be hard pressed to decide on which piece I’ll carry “today”. After the two shoots with the P220 DE, I guarantee that it will be one of my TWO options every morning.

  20. Having been an avid suppoter of the wheel gun my python was always my best choise and proved it at matches.That is untill i picked up a p220 carry stainless. Was afraid of owning one due to a left hand injury which makes a task out of putting a round into the pipe. This gun is a step above all with its action i can do this without issues.The only negivitves is fixed sights have no ajust but are a easy to see and can hit what i aim at . Recoil is null for a 45 and rapid fire is a pleasure to rip off a clip.Would not recommend any clips but the stainless as they are bullet proof and no jamming with them but did experance them with the cheaper sigs clips .I HAVENT PURCHACED A NEW GUN IN SOME TIME AND ALWAS WENT FOR THE BEST AND THIS IS A PURE WEAPON which WILL BE THERE FOR YOU.Not a easy gun to carry but if you needed one its worth it .

  21. just bought the Sig 220R5 MSE, just couldn’t understand the trigger not dropping down to the firing pin. The gun shop said that’s normal. Was wondering if normal.

  22. just bought the Sig 220R5 MSE, just couldn’t understand the trigger not dropping down to the firing pin. The gun shop said that’s normal. Was wondering if thats normal.

  23. I have to correct you on the issue of rounds too long for function. This is too much over all length(OAL), not headspace.. Headspace has nothing to do with the OAL of a loaded round. The 45 ACP headspaces off the case mouth.

  24. What prevents this P220 from being CA compliant?

    It doesn’t have a combination dial that needs to be unlocked before each shot?

    REALLY… What prevents CA-DOJ from liking this gun?

    • I have had my P220 Elite for about three months now. It is rock solid and the DA first pull is so smooth I would swear that it is NOT a full 10lbs. The guide rod on this desert tan beauty is solid steel.

  25. Get the titanium grips, they are the shizz, look killer too, sig storw has em for 950.00 I put em on all my gats. Peace

  26. The most likely thing to have happen in your home if you have a firearm there is the injury of you or one of your family members. The odds are really bad. Originally, 43 to 1 by Kellerman. So what if it is only 20 to 1. As fearful as you are, still the most likely event is you or yours getting injured. A really bad bet.

    • And drowning is the leading cause of death of children 1-4 years old. Ban pools, you’ll be further ahead.

    • Total Bull-Sheattt……………The odds of someone getting injured in the home, just because you own a firearm are 50 to 1 or 20 to 1 or 5 to 1……blah….blah….blah…….This is pure, total, idiotic….Gun Control Maggot Bull-Sheatt………Proof you ask ?…. Easy……..If having just one, single firearm in your home increases the risk of getting shot…..Then would that not be drastically magnified by having…….dozens….upon Dozens….upon DOZENS…. of firearms in your home ?…………No, it would not…..The Injury Argument is based on deductive reasoning,……aka Idiot’s Logic……..Bottom line is this……. I own ” Dozens” of firearms…..So do all of my 3 brothers….So do several of my close friends…….So do all of my cousins…….So did my father and grandfather when they were still alive…….NONE of us….I repeat……NONE of us….EVER had an accident….in the home………where the owner……OR a family member was ever injured……..NOT…..ONE…..SINGLE …….Incident………Therefore, please keep the Communist Pig Propaganda to yourself……….

  27. I own many guns but my 3 SIGs are by far my favorites. I bought a P226 9mm in 1991, a P220 Elite Dark with a threaded barrel in 2011, and a 516 in 2014. The P220 Elite Dark TB is by far my favorite. I custom designed and machined a compensator for it which reduces the felt recoil by about 40%-50% and added a SIG STL-900L to the rails. Now it is a bit large and bulky for concealed carry but is the one I rely on while working night security and for home protection. I would not trade this gun for any gun anywhere. It is incredibly accurate as are all my SIGS.

  28. What a great, timeless review and comments! I have carried a Glock 30 for a decade and love the Crossbreed holsters. I just can’t get the accuracy I want from the Glocks I own even after changing sights so I was searching for a platform I can shoot better with. I have a 1911 Colt that confirmed to me I can be more accurate. So I really began looking at Sig and found the 220 Elite series but now I have questions.
    The 220 Elite Carry is almost 40 ounces. Gosh I’m worried it will pull my pants down!
    Since my original objective was accuracy I think I would prefer the longer slide of the 220 Elite (non-carry model) but the ones I handled at my local shop had the stainless slide and alloy frame. This seems like a good trade off for weight but I definitely want the fixed sights and rear fixed night sights as well so the Match version is out for me.
    I feel I would really like the DA/SA solution but wonder how hard it is to find qualified folks to work on that trigger system if I ever needed it or if it is like a Glock where I could have a spare trigger group I could just drop in.

    So I would love comments on what I may be missing or that I need to look into for a Sig .45 to carry. While the stainless is a pretty gun I am really focused on accuracy and reliability for daily carry. The wood grips on the Elite Carry I handled made the grip seem very wide so I liked the comments others had about different grip options.

    Thank you all and God Bless!

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