I once read somewhere that no one finds their perfect gun right away. Inevitably we end up trying a range of new ones and finding features or ergonomics that we prefer over our current set up.
I thought I was done with this disease; I thought the days of my wife rolling her eyes over my long-winded explanations of why gun A should be traded for gun B were a thing of the past. If you can’t tell by now, I was wrong. The catalyst happened a few weeks ago when I taught a concealed weapons class where one of the students was utilizing a new SIG Sauer P220.
Upon taking the weapon from him to explain how the decocker worked, something clicked in my mind. At the range he let me shoot a magazine through it and I knew I was in serious trouble. Two weeks later I became a first-time SIG owner.
My P220 came in an attractive reverse two tone sporting Hogue grips and 3-dot Siglite night sights. Ergonomically speaking, it feels great in my hands. I don’t have the biggest hands in the world, but everything about the P220’s grip feels good. I’m able to get a nice high grip due to the beaver tail.
The angle is dead-on and I was able to point very naturally with it. Even with an alloy frame, though, the P220 weighs in at a hefty 39.1 oz. That sounds really bad until you remember that a 1911 typically weighs at around 44 oz and people carry those all the time.
All in all, the weight took some getting used to as I’ve been a polymer guy for a while, but I found that everything balanced well and I stopped noticing its porkiness after just a few days.
The aforementioned ergos and trigger are what really sold me on this weapons platform. As Nick mentioned in his P226 review, the decocking mechanism results in your first trigger pull being a longer, heavier double action pull, with each subsequent trigger pull being single action. This function negates the need for any external safety to be deactivated prior to firing, a feature that could save your life in a DGU.
The double action pull has no noticeable grit or stacking with a nice clean break at what SIG advertises as 10lbs. Single action broke cleanly in the 4.5lbs neighborhood with a reset that was audibly and – if this is a word – tactilely noticeable. Some people hate the idea of learning two trigger pulls, I’ll admit it takes some getting used to, but that’s why they invented dry fire practice. After a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones spent clicking and racking I found myself suitably retrained.
I brought a variety of .45 cal to the range with me for my initial test: 100 rounds of Remington UMC 230 gr FMJ, 100 rounds of TulAmmo 230 gr FMJ, 50 rounds of Fiocchi “Canned Heat” 230 gr FMJ, 20 rounds of Hornady 230 gr +P TAP and 20 rounds of Hornady 185 gr Critical Defense. Upon starting my testing I found that shooting is where the SIG really shines.
Accuracy was phenomenal – after some practice I was able to reliably put whole mags into one ragged hole with slow aimed fire. Speeding things up, I could consistently draw, fire and dump a mag into a center of mass sized area. The high bore axis didn’t seem to affect follow up shots as badly as one would think; I felt that I was shooting as fast or faster than I was with my M&P 45c that I have a lot more trigger time with.
During this shooting, the P220 fired, fed and extracted all the ammo with ease. The only hiccup I experienced was loading the TulAmmo into the magazines. These rounds seemed to have a bit longer overall length (OAL) than the other brands and, as such, didn’t load easily. After exerting a Herculean effort to cram all eight rounds in the mag, though, they fed and fired fine. But be warned, it was not fun loading the mags.
Due to the aforementioned weight, effectively carrying this gun concealed necessitates a quality belt and holster, but the size and weight didn’t prove to be the huge impediments to concealment I expected. Being a single stack gun, the P220 sports a relatively slim profile which always helps when trying to exercise discretion.
Wearing a CrossTac D Belt I was able to comfortably carry the P220 utilizing both a Dale Fricke Gideon Elite OWB and a Remora IWB. You’ll have to dress around the gun somewhat, but as long as you don’t favor skinny jeans and retro Atari t-shirts from the “young adult” section you should be able to make it work.
I’ve been very impressed by the P220. Yes, it comes at a fairl steep price, but when you start comparing its tight tolerances and craftsmanship to some some lesser priced pistols out there, it’s evident that you’re definitely getting what you pay for. As a concealed carry, home defense and duty gun, the SIG P220 fit the bill perfectly for me. I fell in love with this Swiss/German amalgamation like a nerd lusts for Heidi Klum and I’m never looking back.
Specifications: SIG Sauer P220 Pistol
Caliber .45 ACP
Trigger Pull DA 10.01 lbs.
Trigger Pull SA 4.4 lbs.
Length 7.7 in.
Height 5.5 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Barrel Length 4.4 in.
Sight Radius 6.3 in.
Weight with Magazine 39.1 oz.
Magazine Capacity 8 rounds
Sights SIGLITE Night Sights
Grips Hogue Rubber
Frame Finish Stainless
Slide Finish Nitron
MSRP $1,115 (about $980 retail)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Style * * * * *
SIGs are good looking pistols. Period. The P220 is no exception.
Ergonomics * * * * *
Slim-ish width, great grip angle and comfortable Hogue rubber grips make it feel great in the hand
Reliability * * * * *
It plowed through almost 300 rounds without so much as a hiccup or a cleaning
Customizable * * * *
Grips, sights, trigger kits etc… Not quite at the Glock level of customization but it’s no slouch either.
Carry * * *
It’s a full-figured girl and definitely on the heavy side. Dress her right, though, and you won’t have a problem.
Overall * * * * *
Accurate, reliable and comfortable. It’s all I could ask for in a pistol.
[TTAG’s targets are supplied by Birchwood Casey]
It’s good to see another lefty-friendly offering from Sig….
I’m working up a full review on the P250, which is also completely ambidextrous: the slide release is mirrored on both sides, and the magazine release is reversible. The best part: you can’t reverse the safety because there isn’t one.
Hmm. Similar in size and weight to a 1911, same capacity, similar price, and two different trigger pulls. I’d give it a “meh”.
I’m a “1911 guy” as well and used to think the same thing. But you should try a 220. I got one and it is “all that and a bag of chips”. Accuracy is amazing, it’s highly shootable and comfortable, and very reliable. On paper it doesn’t look any better than a 1911 but in practice I think it’s better than most 1911s costing twice as much.
Joe is right. Don’t knock the P220 or write it off too quickly until you give it a try. I’m a “1911 man” as well, and I love my 1911, but I’ll take my P220 over the Colt every time.
My sig sauer has had over a 1000 rounds through it so far and nary a malfunction of any kind. Mags or Gun. Is just as accurate as the day it came out of the box. Also have 10 rd mags and 8 rd mags. Nothing compares to its steady firing as fast as I can or slow meticulous accuracy.
Except for the fact that the 220 actually RUNS. Unlike the majority of shitty 1911s that prefer to malfunction.
The Sig P220 has been one of the best guns that I’ve ever shot. I carried this gun for many years while working in law enforcement. The model P220 that I own is around 20+ years old and still looks brand new. I take care of my weapons. I had a German friend who visited me last year. He told me that the Sig P220 is the weapon of choice carried by his SWAT team. I really like the new model, but I won’t ever replace the one that I have.
I’m a big fan of DA/SA guns but, for carry, I feel that the Glock 21/M&P45/XD45 would be a better choice. Increased capacity in a lighter weight is hard to argue against. Add to that a nice light “single action” trigger, at least on my XD, and I cannot justify the 220.
Massad Ayoob is one of the most famous Lawmen of the last 40 years. He’s been in a few gunfights in his life-or so I hear. I used to read his articles in the gun magazines 20-30 years ago. The Sig Sauer P220 is his favorite gun. He raves about it. There might be something about it that puts his dedication so high to the Sig P220. (?). It happens to me my favorite handgun as well. Just an opinion.
SIG also makes a P220 carry model with a slightly shorter slide & barrel. It’s the equivalent to a Commander sized 1911. In addition to DA, it comes in both DAK (no safety) and SAO (ambi-safety) flavors.
I traded in my P220 for the P220 Carry just to have something a bit more streamlined for carry, and love it. Shoots like butter.
People around here don’t seem to like the two trigger pulls. Honestly I have no idea why- I haven’t had any trouble adjusting to it. I can understand if one prefers something different, but I don’t understand the thinking that labels DA/SA as a somehow “flawed” manual of arms.
Da SA trigger w/ 10 lb pull is great unless you have arthritis and can’t fire in DA. My s&w has about a 5# pull but I plan to replace with a SA With Safety and about a 3.5# pull.
My 220 is my favorite gun and will never be sold!
Make mine with the aluminum or G10 grips and the SRT trigger though 🙂
The reason people don’t like two trigger pulls is that they’re lazy. Transitioning between the DA/SA shot is not hard, it just takes some practice. Lots of dry firing followed up by some range time and you’re GTG.
The DA trigger pull might be heavier than a Glock, XD, M&P, etc, but the SA trigger is a thing of beauty. I know I can certainly run my 220 and 229 more accurately at faster speeds than their striker-fired equivalents!
How big of a deal is it that the bore-axis is so high on SIGs? Do you find that you just naturally compensate for it, and no issues? Just curious after reading the other article on the Armory gun with the super low bore-axis (relative to grip) the other day.
Compared to something like a Glock 21 or M&P 45 the P220 will probably rise a few degrees higher, but it wasn’t a big of enough difference for me to really notice. It definitely didn’t cause any issues at all for my shooting and like I said, I shot much better with this pistol than with my M&P.
Ryan, I’ve been shooting a P220 for the last week and I couldn’t agree with your conclusion more if I had written them myself.
I have medium hands and the pistol fits me fine. The DA pull is fairly gentle; the SA pull has a bit of takeup and is light. The takeup in SA mode is the deal-maker for me. That bit of takeup modifies the difference between the SA and DA trigger pulls and makes the SA pull very intuitive.
I’m a dyed-in-the-wool M&P guy, but the P220 compares very favorably to, and in some respects surpasses, the DAO M&P. On the other hand, I can buy two M&Ps for a little more than the price of one P220. Still, the Sig is a fantastic gun.
Yea I always thought that SIGs would be too big for my hands, so the 220 was a welcome surprise. You’re right about the price, steep doesn’t even begin to describe it and unfortunately I find myself lusting after other models now.
I find myself lusting after other models now.
If you’re referring to different Sig models, you’re gonna need second job. If you mean swimsuit models, you’re gonna need a massive inheritance.
Ralph and Ryan, as I’ve stated here a few times, try the Sig Pro 2022. Yes I know that it’s a 9MM (I think they make a 40 model), but it cost around $400.00, has night sights, decocker, 15+1 and is DA/SA also. I let a RO at a local outdoor range shoot it to compare to his new HK, and he said he liked my Sig trigger better.
They sell a 40 and 357 sig model as well. I Like mine so much I bought a second. One for the nightstand and another to shoot in production class for USPSA.
I have a buddy that loves his, but I wasn’t impressed by the trigger when I shot it. Could be I just wasn’t used to DA/SA yet or he had mucked with it on his own. Either way, I’m willing to give it a try again.
I used to think ‘meh’ when I saw a SIG, but I’ve recently been converted and now I want MORE MORE MORE!
At the prices they (deservedly) command, at least it’s not too difficult to exercise restraint.
Haha, I’m right there with you Chris
I have a SIG sp2022 9mm…i love it, but i will be adding a 220 to my collection. The 9mm is the one of most accurate i’ve ever fired. I have no doubt the 220 will perform just as well
You won’t be disappointed as the 220 is the model that launched Sig Sauer to where there are today. The 220 was designed in 75, at this time time didn’t have the import license to export their guns to the US. They made a deal with Browning Arms to import the 220 they made 1800 in 45acp and a few in 9mm and 762×25 (I believe ). Regardless I recently acquired a 78 220 in 45, it doesn’t appear to have been used as there weren’t even scratch marks on the mag follower. There was some very light surface rust as it was dry no oil at all. I’ve taken it apart to clean and inspect and I’m excited. It has Browning Arms on one side and Sig Sauer Systems made in West Germany on the other it weighs 29.5oz, the trigger reset is comparable to their SRT (go figure). I bought my first 226 in 87 and Sig has been my preferred platform since the moment I picked one up. I really like the West German made ones as there’s far more individual craftsmanship that goes into them. But I’ll buy an American made one in a heartbeat. With practice that DA to SA doesn’t affect anything.
Great review! I have a West German P220 which I found some time ago for a price that was an absolute steal. I can shoot it better than anything else I own by a wide margin. If I could only keep one of my pistols, it would be the P220. And my Python. 🙂
I am a 1911 guy but I am a SIG fan. I considered buying the 220 but couldn’t justify spending the money.
When you shoot 45 ACP weight is your friend because it helps mitigate the recoil. I also prefer my guns to have a safety. I have used the 1911 for so long that unsafing it is an automatic reflex.
I’ve been pining for one of these:
You and me both Joe.
Walked by one with the scorpion setup at the gun store the other day and I had no choice , but to buy it.
I was a 1911 guy for many many years. Two years ago I bought the P220, and after a few range trips, retired the 1911’s for duty use. The following year I bought the P220 Carry model.
I reckon it was time to move into the 21st century, and the Sig did it with style. They are expensive, but there are some things in life where you get what you pay for. Sig is the finest non-custom pistol made, bar none.
I’ve been a Sig lover for a while now, my main carry gun is a Sig as is my competition gun. I hear it over and over again, high bore axis, heavy weight, DA/SA trigger. None of it means a darn thing until you are looking for that last .01% after becoming a master class shooter. It’s always the shooter not the gun, pick the one that you like the most.
Heck, most people rave about the Glock triggers, so smooth, rolling break. Ten years ago anything but the Wilson $3k glass rod was junk. Funny how the best shooters in the world seem to be able to perform with any gun.
I had and enjoyed their P226 in the past, and it’s a great gun. I wouldn’t mind a P220, but my DA/SA is a CZ-85 (I’m a lefty…) with the same stainless under black slide, for the now. I also have a Walther PPQ I rather like, but I disagree that it is better to have the Glock style trigger and a polymer gun…just different.
Ryan, is that not a stainless frame / slide?
Might I suggest that you next add one of those surplus German police P6’s to the Finn arsenal for EDC duty? Because your new Siggy needs a little brother to keep him company.
It is John. And I would gladly pick up one of those P6s, but when the wife wonders where the new gun in the safe came from I’m giving her your contact info 😀
I have a P225 or American version of the P6 as well as a P229 in .40 and my prized P220 from 1986. The P225/P6 is a mini P220. Everything is smaller but exactly the same. It’s almost as hard to beat as P220, and my P225 is the only 9mm I use regularly of the 2 that I own. The other was my high school graduation present from my mother, a S&W Model 39, and I’ve retied it for sentimental reasons.
“You’ll have to dress around the gun somewhat, but as long as you don’t favor skinny jeans and retro Atari t-shirts from the “young adult” section you should be able to make it work.”
Ha ha! Burn. This is a real man’s gun. And what’s with this music nowadays? Sounds like a bunch of tin cans banging together.
My only SIG is a Mosquito. Strange little gun. When I bought it (new) it was absolutely unreliable, a jamomatic, even with the required premium high velocity .22s. Over time, it seems to have worked out those kinks. If you want to confuse a new shooter with TMI, get a Mosquito–every safety device known to man. Manual safety, decocker, and magazine safety, plus the DA/SA trigger. Totally bizarre. Very easy to present at the line, pull the trigger, and nothing happens. But it is a heck of a lot of fun to empty its little magazine as fast as you can pull the trigger!
I’ve been hoping for a little P238 for a pocket gun. Made the Cal roster last June, but has never made it into the stores, why I have no clue. Handled one recently, and it was a jewel, even with its eight pound trigger.
after 2 very bad mistakes, one with a S&W highway patrolman mod 28 and one of the new(at the time) colt troopper both in 357 mag i have learned that once i have paid hard earned money i (will) never “get rid of one to get another”
Nope, Glock 30 , .45 acp. for thirteen years, same trigger pull, no external safety, will shoot even full of sand, (I tryed it myself), thirteen rounds full cap or ten in the small mag. Of course, I’ll never sell it, great for concealed carry.
Now I’ve upgraded to a Glock 20, 10 mm magnum power(Buffalo Bore 180 gr. 1350 fps at the muzzle, 760 foot lbs) in a semi-auto, fifteen rounds in an absolute reliability package, what’s not to like?
How can you afford to feed it? Let alone, find that ammo.
You can not beat the Sig P220
The reason the gun is so heavy is that it has a steel frame. The standard P220 has an alloy frame and it weighs about 10 ounces less:
Good review on a great gun!
I’ve got a P220 compact – love it! Never had any FTF’s FTE or etc, it’s very smooth and seems like a keeper! I have said this previously but this time I mean it. I just don’t understand why my wife doesn’t believe me lol – Oh and I also love my new Nano- lol! Gotta love it
I have one gun, Sig P220 Diamond Plate. Its ugly, over priced, and can’t see carrying it concealed but I love it. Out of box 15 yards dead on. I dry fire 95% of the time and got the trigger pull down. I have 300 rounds so far and look forward to thousands more. Thanks for the great review and pictures! I thought I heard violins and champagne bubbling in the back ground as I read the article! Sig has my vote for an up to date 45 design without tipping into the plastic, Mattel world.
I do have a complaint. At 25 yds the combat style sights really make you fully cover your target and I find shooting at 25 yards a real challenge. I will continue to work on it but wish I had an adjustable rear sight.
I don’t have problems with the combat sights blocking to POI because I shoot with both eyes open. Try it out to help your accuracy. I have a P220 elite stainless and absolutely love it.
Thanks for the advice… And I definitely will try this. I have 900 rounds under my belt now and it is embarrassing that I’m going backwards on my 25 yard shot. I know for certain I used to shoot more with both eyes open and that was probably the key that I didn’t even realize. As I’ve tried to get better, like many sports I have let mechanics take over and make me worse. Good talk.
P220 Combat has just become my first-ever handgun, based on a search for a “Does everything, AT LEAST pretty well” gun.
I love it. Fantastic quality, great accuracy. Angle is right for me. Ergonomics are perfect for me.
Ordered IWB holster. We’ll see how the big boy is to carry, but … I have found nothing NOT to like about this gun.
If you’re a 1911 fan, find yourself a P220 Supermatch: 5″ barrel, single action (but still SIG-style) trigger and frame-mount thumb safety–it’s like a 220 and a 1911 had a love child. I got one so I could “retire” my WWII era pistol, and now my dear old 1911 is very neglected. I immediately shot this gun insanely better than anything I’ve shot or been shooting for decades. It’s so accurate it’s almost boring. (I’ve taken to shooting the little numbers out of the half-size silhouettes just to keep things interesting.) I, too, have been on the long hunt for that “perfect” gun. I don’t think I can do better than a SIG. I’m a convert. (My personal test: If you can put the first mag you shoot in a nice little group first time you pick up the gun, it’s a great gun. That’s been true of all the SIGs I’ve shot so far.)
I have both 1911’s and Sig 220’s. Both good, but for serious use, the SIG is superior to the 1911 in about every way. This pisses a lot of the Jeff Cooper Cocked and Locked crowd, but too bad, cause that’s just the way it is.
I attended a bachelor party at a range a little while back where we were all shooting guns at the range. One of the guys had a P220 Dual Tone. We were shooting pistols on the 25 yard range. At the time, I had a S&W Model 66-3 4″ .357 Magnum (great gun to shoot, very accurate), a Browning Buckmark .22, and I had also been shooting my Dad’s Luger (Grandpa brought home from WWII) and his Browning Hi-Power. I wasn’t doing too bad with any of these guns, but I wasn’t happy with my performance.
I walked over to the friend with the P220 Dual Tone and remarked that he seemed to be having some accuracy issues (there were basically no groupings–the whole target was shot up, some shots probably missed the target). I don’t think he ever properly learned how to shoot a handgun (or practiced enough with snap caps). I asked him if I could shoot a magazine through his gun and if he’d let me shoot a magazine through his P220. I offered to let him shoot 6 rounds of .357 magnum through my S&W 66-3 as well as some .38 special in return.
The first thing I noticed is that the P220 felt better in hand than any of the other 4 handguns I had shot that day (I’m 6’2″ and have large hands, but I like slimmer grips).
I didn’t bother using the Dual Action first shot. I cocked the hammer back and carefully placed my 8 shots on target. All but one of my shots were in the black on the target, and I had the best grouping I shot that entire day (in handguns–my groupings with my Browning SA-22 from a bench at 50 yards were the best that day).
Queue forward to the last 2 months. I desperately wanted to buy a Sig Sauer P220 Combat (after reviewing the models, this was my preference), but had trouble finding any at local gun stores and a lot of online retailers were out of stock. I was told that it would be a few months before I could get one. I somehow managed to convince my wife that I should be able to get a Glock 17 to tide me over in the meantime. I bought the Glock 17 and preordered the P220 Combat from a local gun store. I’ve fired a a few hundred rounds through the Glock 17 and I love the gun–it’s so utilitarian and practical, reliable and accurate (particularly after installing a 3.5lbs trigger bar and striker spring–I’m not crazy about heavy trigger pulls, in spite of having a stronger than average grip); however, I feel that I will enjoy shooting the P220 Combat more.
I just picked up my P220 Combat on Tuesday. After about 3 months of waiting, I can’t wait to go to the range this weekend. Having not shot it yet, I’m thrilled.
One caveat though: the Blackhawk Serpa 6R paddle holster for it was not the correct size for the P220 Combat–the rails on the combat version are standard military 1913 Picatinny rails and they take up more space. They don’t even sell one that will fit properly, so rather than return the purchase, I grabbed a file and got to work shaving away at the plastic around the rails. I now have a serviceable holster for my P220 Combat.
I love my SIG P220. I have a .45 ACP. I bought it from a friend who let me shoot it at the range, he decided to sell it to buy another SIG. At that time I was using a Glock 19. I fell in love with it. It felt like it was designed for my hand. I love shooting it. Great review.
Both the SIG P226 and Baretta out-performed the 1911 in the military trials for environmental testing.
A gunshop owner showed me his P226 carry-piece about 15 years ago… I thought it was ugly as hell… I had been a S&W 659 guy since about 1986, but his loyalty for the SIGs stuck with me over the years, then, in 2008, when I went on a gun-buying frenzy (any guesses why???), I found a good price on a SIG P226 with the rail… it was even uglier than I remembered. But, one day I took it to the range, and, holy s#!+! I didn’t realize I was THAT good of a shot!
Now, I own three, one from each design iteration… and the used, holster-worn, 1992, W. German ugly duckling is my CCW piece. The S&W’s will be passed on to future generations, they are completely stainless steet, and will endure without maintenance for centuries, but, the reason there are no after-market kits for the SIGs, other than the short-reset trigger… is because YOU DON’T NEED THEM.
There is a reason why the guys whose shooting can change the course of human history use SIGs.
I don’t know where you got your weight stats from, but the P220 does NOT weigh 39 ounces. It weighs about 31 ounces – a big difference, and only slightly more than a comparable full size polymer pistol.
Is there a handbook with the guidelines for reloading bullets for a Sig P 220 .45
I have a “Made in Western Germany” 1993 non-rail P220, and it is my favorite pistol by far. I would daily carry it, but I’d hate to “loose” it for whatever reason, so I carry my Glock 33 instead. I have a buddy that has a Wilson Combat 1911, and I can shoot the Sig as well as he can shoot his Wilson, and I think he’s actually a better shot than I am. Like the reviewer, it’s the gun for me.
I have a Sig Sauer P220 ST, first generation, and I love everything about it except for it’s reliability. It’s a jam-o-matic. Guaranteed to jam on me two to three times on a range visit shooting factory new ball ammo. I’ve never shot anything but factory new ammo through it, and it is not my first gun. In fact, it’s my 5th pistol, and my second .45 (I had a 1911 Colt Commander previously) and I love the balancing, the ergonomics, the accuracy, the weight and recoil, but when it comes to reliability, it’s a fail. 2 jams per 200 rounds on average. I keep it clean, I’ve always used the oem magazines and I am not limp wristing it. It’s just disappointing. Next year I was planning on sending it to Terry Tussey for a reliability package, but it’s disappointing that it’s come down to this. Otherwise, it’s a great gun.
The stainless models without the external extractor are known to have problems. This has since been fixed on all new models with the external extractor. The old st models had a problem with the metallurgy of the extractor spring.
Update on my jammomatic Sig Sauer P220ST: I sent it back to Sig for some gunsmithing. They told me they replaced the spring and did their basic gunsmithing package. She shoots great now! I put 150 rounds through her last week without a hitch and damn, my groups were good. I knew it wasn’t me. I’m glad the new Sig 220s don’t have the extractor issues, shame that it happened.
I have a P220st as well and my first 40 rounds it jammed every 1-3 shots and sometimes every shot. I was shooting Winchester ball ammo. I switched then ammo then it didn’t jam. 50 rounds of blazer no problem. Back to the Winchester and back to every shot a FTE. Sig said it was common with their guns and that ammo
I own a P-220 and love, just the feel of it, is like, when I sit in my Corvette. The feeling of power, and bonding with something, made for your use. The Trigger pull, could be relaxed some. But I am sure, with extended the use of the gun, will smooth it out, in time. I can tell you the perfect mated holster, for the Sig Sauer P-220 is Blackhawk SERPA Concealment Holster, with a Carbon Fiber Finnish. When I went to pick up my P-220, the dealer commented on how it looked and preformed with the gun. It adjust to all belt sizes and secures the gun, to your side. I bought it, for use while walking in the woods. Nothing more feared, that your gun had fell out, of your holster, after your return home, from a day in the woods. The draw form it is smooth as silk, with no drag. The release button, cold not be better placed. A professional look and complements any uniform and civilian look.
My latest purchase was the stainless steel sig p220. Fantastic gun, and i love stainless full size pistols, they are heavy but they sexy too, plus when ya hold it you know your holdin a gun, a mans gun. Its just badass, when you see that gun shinin, you just simply think… bad……ass. Oh and it shoots pretty badass too.
I got a sig p220st. A thing of beauty, after hangin out with it for sum time, i grabbed one of my xds the other day & it felt like a toy watergun or something, you lay em beside each other and you realize what quality is. And thats the sig, its what holdin a gun should feel like too, not like the polymer guns that feel like 5 dollar toys.
Great review on an awesome pistol! I’ve had my P220 for about 18 years, no rails and the only updates that were available then, and quite frankly all it has ever needed, was Trijicon night sites and Houge grips. I have NEVER had a misfire in several thousand rounds of FMJ, JHP, +P, and even CCI Blazers (although I had to soak the barrel in break-free to remove the fouling). My first pistol was a SW5906 9mm in stainless. Loved the trigger pull and sweet double tap, but wanted more firepower. I bought a HK USP 40, liked it, but it just felt like a toy in hand (I guess I’m not a polymer frame fan, yet). I traded both the SW and the HK in on my P220, and some cash too… Yes, they were expensive then also. I sometimes miss my 5906 and it’s 15+1 capacity, but 8 rounds of .45 jhp makes me feel safe on the streets. I’ve been toying with the idea of a Glock 21 lately, but will never sell my Sig! Anyway, if you’re looking for a great pistol with outstanding “out of the box” accuracy and reliability, look no further.
I Own many polymer striker fired pistols as well as many different brands and models of 1911s from early to late models, and I will always feel very comfy with my 220 platinum elite on my belt. As to a double action pull It is long yes, but it is also as smooth as silk. Once in single action mode it will stand equal to any 1911 and better than most! I will never take anything away from a striker design as I also find them very user friendly and extremely dependable. What’s on my belt you ask? Sig Sauer P220 platinum elite. Might as well carry the best!!!
I have had my Sig 226 for over 8 years, never any hickups or FTF. One hell of a gun. Have ordered the 220, can’t wait …
Anybody know where I can find a P220 elite reverse…I had one and sold it and now I want another one….can someone please email me if they know where I can find one…I’m in Temple Tx and having trouble locating one…I would buy a used also if its in good condition….
I bought my Sig P220 new back in 1997. At the time, I made about $10 an hour and could hardly go out and spend $800 (at the time) like it was nothing. Still, rather than buy an “almost as good” pistol for less, I put it on layaway. After a few months, I finally had it in my hands. The accuracy out of the box was awesome. It still points and shoots like a dream, and it feeds everything perfectly. I would say that now, I have probably just shy of 18,000 rounds through it. It’s dinged in places and shows holster wear. You can tell that it has been carried daily and used almost weekly for over a decade by looking at it. But she’s still sexy and works perfectly. As far as sidearms go, I trust this one with my life and my family’s lives. If you can purchase only one pistol for defense, you have to ask yourself what your life is worth. To me, the decision was easy; pay more to get more. To me, nothing but the best would do. I’m glad I saved and made the right decision to get the one right tool. The Sig P220 is the best.
I have a 220 Combat with Crimson Trace laser grips. Bought new in 2007. Thousands of factory rounds have gone through it, FMJ and hollow point. I have never had a malfunction (except once using cheap aftermarket mags).The review is dead on. Its stupid accurate and fits like a glove. The C.T. grips only made the gun better. I wear medium size gloves and this thing WORKS! 45ACP recoil can be heavy on some weapons, but the Sig balances so dynamically that you are back on target faster than seems possible. My wife is Pettitte at 5’1″ with hands to match, and she can drive tacks with it. My wife has a Ruger SR9 that she really likes, but she is saving for a 229. In her words “the Sig trigger is correct.”
I have a 1986 version of the P220 with the marking “Made in W. Germany” on the slide, and in 27 years of ownership, I’ve beaten the crap out of that gun, and it’s still my go to gun in almost every situation. I’ve shot probably 20,000 rounds (factory, target, +P, reloads, you name it) through it, and it still shoots just as tight as the day I took it out of the box. The thing is that it’s only jammed twice. The first jam was my reload’s fault, and the second was during a training class when a .40 S&W round was inadvertently mixed in with my ammo. The .40 S&W round fed, chambered, and fired, but the bulged and split casing stuck in the chamber causing the gun to jam. I own several other autoloaders in .380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, 10mm, and .45 ACP, but the reliable and tough SIG P220 stays with me almost all the time even during daily use as my preferred concealment weapon. You can’t beat the thing in any situation. SIG Sauer makes a fine, reliable, durable, tough, and accurate weapon, and the P220 is the flagship of the line. Period.
Love my 220. It’s a German frame 2007 model I bought new. The Siglites are getting dimmer and she has a few nicks but it’s my favorite pistol. I have the DAK model and love it. Probably 3-4K rounds through it and hasn’t had 1 problem. Not to many pistols run like a Sig.
I have a large stable of handguns, and my favorite shooter by far is my P220 Elite Carry Stainless. Not only is it one of the most beautiful guns I’ve ever laid eyes on, it’s also hands-down the best shooting handgun I’ve ever experienced. It wasn’t easy to find, but it was well worth the wait. I’m pretty sure me and that one will go to the grave together…
Article states “… even with an alloy frame…” that the p220 weighs over 39 oz. Is “alloy” supposed to indicate aluminum? If so, then the article is incorrect. The gun in this article has a steel frame, and weighs over 39 oz. The standard p220 has an aluminum frame, and weighs a little over 30 oz.
Also a problem is the use of the word “alloy.” Alloy of what? Alloy is not the name of a specific kind of metal.
Long live the P220. It is everything they say it is. If I am off target any time, it is me….not the gun.
There is only one thing bad about a sig, buy one and the next thing you know you will have 8 or more to choose from… Then you stand in front of your safe trying to figure out which ones to carry that day! I have taken a fancy to the Equinox lately the 220, 229, and the 238. Like I said they just seem to multiply all on their own. My first sig was the P239 standard in 357 Sig, you can cover your group with a silver dollar at 25 yards! Remember sigs like to shoot they get better with use.
A Sig P220 Carry Model with Crimson Trace grips in a Blackhawk SERPA holster is close to perfection in a self defense rig. The pistol is Swiss Watch Quality and the caliber speaks for itself!
I have shot the P220, P220 carry and P226. The 220 carry is my favorite, super smooth trigger and carry IWB no problems. I have small hands and the single stack fits like a glove. Saving for a full size P220 TB as well.
for those who dont like da, the carry can be had in a SAO version, I love the trigger in mine.
i have owned a west german p220 for over 20 yrs. over 10000 rds and NO malfunctions ever. added a lasermax lms-1000 pulse laser system when purchased. can vaporize aspirin at 25yrds.Nuff said.
While working as a LE ranger for the NPS, I carried a Sig P220. GREAT PISTOL!!! Tax dollars very well spent. I bought one after leaving the NPS. Hard earned dollars very well spent.
The writer of the article says he has a reverse two tone, which comes with a stainless STEEL frame yet he says the gun had an alloy from and was heavy. You have the steel framed version, not the aluminum version.
You state in the review that this model has an “alloy” frame. Actually, this two-tone model has a stainless steel frame. A really attractive variant of the P-220!!!!
I’m a first time gun owner with plenty of friends in LE and many more who own a wide variety of models from a dozen different manufacturers. As such, I had 18 months to try out just over 30 different models. I picked up the P220 Equinox .45 ACP and the search was over. Admittedly, I have nowhere near the experience or frame of reference as those who’ve previously posted, but if you’re looking for a first time purchase, give this a try.
For the last few days, with all the talk about Obama making an executive order about further gun control, I have been so close to buying this gun. I have a Sig MK25 and have equipped it with a rail light and keep it in my bedside safe. With all the talk about our military guys finding the 9mm inadequate for the job of IMMEDIATE subjugation of Middle Eastern combatants, I am so tempted to up my firepower to .45ACP for bedside protection. If I don’t act now, will I have lost an opportunity to increase my firepower in the near future? Do I really need that increased firepower, when a couple of extra squeezes of the trigger on the 9mm may be the only extra firepower I need? I like the fact that the P226/MK25 and the P220 are set up the same and would be glad that I will not have to learn a new gun setup. Or, do I just need to make my AR15 more accessible than it’s current position in my closet gun safe? Any thoughts?
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The P220 and P226 can’t be beat. It has a roll pin (Glock doesn’t seem to need one), two trigger pulls and a two piece barrel and more off axis recoil than most but it’s a tack driver. If I absolutely had to hit something with a pistol – I’d use the .45 P220. It’s also the only thing I own with a threaded barrel, so I feel like I could shoot it in the house if I had to without hearing loss.
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You had me at she’s a full figured gal…great gun I love mine.
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