Though originally designed for the Swiss army, the P210 has long since become a pistol used almost exclusively for sport shooting. After all, it’s an extremely classy, large, accurate, all-steel handgun that’s great for target shooting. But it really hasn’t had appeal as a carry gun since military and police units moved away from large, single-stack, single-action autos many years go. Perhaps until now . . .
So there’s your classy version. That’s the P210 Target and it’s one of my favorite handguns to shoot and to look at. At 8.4 inches long and weighing over 2.3 pounds, though, it’s far from a carry gun.
By shortening the slide, making the frame from aluminum, rounding some edges, shortening the barrel and equipping the pistol with a much more carry-appropriate G10 grip, SIG has launched the single stack P210 Carry.
Final details aren’t available yet, but it’s expected to have a 4-inch barrel and weigh in at around 30 ounces. Capacity is 8+1 and the P210 is chambered in 9mm. Price on the Carry is still TBD (it won’t be inexpensive).
The P210 Carry still feels amazing in the hand and has a short, crisp, awesome SAO trigger set just a bit heavier than the Target version at somewhere in the 3.5- to 4-pound range. On the range it was a phenomenal shooter. Accurate, soft, and confident.
SIG was asking for feedback on the G10 grip texture. Or, really, the lack thereof.
We found the nicely checkered front- and back-straps combined with the smooth sides of the G10 grips to provide plenty of control over the P210 Carry. The ergonomic sculpting of the frame helps with this, too. And those smooth grip sides won’t tear up your love handles.
Though I could see the safety, as sculpted as it is, perhaps being a thorn in one’s side. On the range, however, these big controls are wonderful. They’re easy to reach and use, and using the safety as a thumb rest works perfectly, increasing control and accuracy.
While the P210 Carry certainly won’t appeal to every CCW holder, it’s a nice twist on a true classic and it’s an absolutely amazing shooting gun.