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Top to bottom: disassembly lever, decocker, slide
lock, magazine release.
Firing pin safety.
The Sig P220 is the pistol that, over three
decades ago, piqued my interest in Sig pistols. Previous Sig
pistols were good designs, but never stirred my innards as did
the double-action, lightweight-framed 220. Marketed here
originally as the Browning BDA, the 220 was a product of Swiss
and German engineering, and that design has been the mainstay of
Sig pistols ever since. Now made in the USA, the Sig Sauer P220
has an American style magazine release, and has been tweaked in
a bit, but is still basically like the original in design and
The P220 is a single-stack 45 ACP
double-action/single-action pistol with an exposed hammer.
Wearing the famous Sig-style decocking lever, the P220 is as
safe of a pistol to carry as anyone would ever desire. The
design incorporates a firing pin lock, which prevents discharge
unless the trigger is pulled. There is no manual safety, as none
is needed. The pistol fires with a long double-action pull when
the hammer is down, and the slide cocks the hammer for
subsequent shots. When the shooter is finished firing, the
hammer can be lowered without touching the trigger or hammer, by
pushing downward on the decocker. The trigger pull is very
smooth, and the hammer rebounds after each shot, so that it is
not resting upon the firing pin. The Sig P220 is full-sized, but
not overly bulky, and it fits my hand well. Relatively
lightweight for a big 45, weighing in at just under two pounds
empty, the Sig carries well in a good holster, and is very
comfortable to shoot.
Critical specifications for the Sig P220 are
listed in the chart below. Weights are listed in ounces. Linear
dimensions are listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed in
pounds of resistance, as measured with my Lyman digital trigger
pull scale. DA is the double-action trigger pull. SA is the
single-action trigger pull. Height includes sights and magazine
base pad. Maximum width is measured across the top of the frame,
and includes the slide lock.
|Weight with Empty Magazine
|Trigger Pull DA
|Trigger Pull SA
|Magazine Disconnect Safety
|Loaded Chamber Indicator
|MSRP (as of February 7th, 2013)
I tested for velocity with my
chronograph set at ten feet from the muzzle, and an air
temperature of forty-six degrees Fahrenheit and a relative
humidity of seventy-four percent. Velocity readings were taken
at an elevation of approximately 541 feet above sea level.
Velocities are listed in the chart below, and are listed in
feet-per-second (fps). FMJ is a full metal jacket bullet. JHP is
a jacketed hollowpoint. DPX is an homogenous copper hollowpoint
bullet. Glaser is a specialty pre-fragmented core inside a
copper alloy jacket. PB is Pow’RBall.
LFHP is a Barnes lead-free homogenous copper hollow point
bullet. LWSC is a cast lead semi-wadcutter bullet. UHD is
Remington Ultimate Home Defense hollowpoint ammunition. Bullet
weights are listed in grains.
|Buffalo Bore JHP
|Buffalo Bore FMJ
|Buffalo Bore LFHP
|WCC 1911 Ball FMJ
Now, let’s cut to the chase on the
performance of this P220. This pistol is match-accurate. I
tested for accuracy using a Ransom
Master Series machine rest, to see how well the P220 would
shoot, and everything that I fired in this pistol performed very
well. There were no failures of any kind. Every round fed,
fired, and ejected perfectly. Shown here are pictures that
include the best and the worst groups fired. No group exceeded
two inches at twenty-five yards, and most were under one and
one-half inches. The groups shown are representative for each
type of ammo tested. There are some very expensive pistols on
the market that will not shoot as well as this Sig P220, and
from what I hear, most P220 pistols perform as well as this one
did. The 220 has full-length frame rails, and the frame to slide
fit is very good, as is the slide to barrel fit.
Carrying the Sig can be done very
comfortably, with a proper holster. There are many types of
holsters available for the P220. The one shown here is the
Cumberland from Simply Rugged. The Cumberland is a pancake
design that has steel spring clips, and can be worn inside or
outside the pants. It protects the pistol from damage, and the
wearer’s hide from abrasion by the pistol. It goes on and off
the body quickly, and makes a pistol very concealable.
To make this Sig P220 ready for carry, all I
would add would be a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips. A person
is most likely to need a fighting handgun in low
light situations, and the Crimson Trace Lasergrip makes it
easy to put the bullets on target, whether shooting in almost
pitch darkness, or from an awkward position. If you want another
variation of the Sig P220, Sig Sauer lists twenty-seven
different variations of the P220 on their website.
This Sig P220 is one of the best 45 ACP
pistols available at any price. It is reliable, durable,
lightweight, and superbly accurate. I highly recommend it. Check
out the extensive line of Sig Sauer firearms and accessories
online at www.sigsauer.com.
To order quality 45 caliber ammunition, go to
To order a hand-crafted leather holster, go
To order the best laser sights that money can
buy, go to www.crimsontrace.com.
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Sig 220 comes with hard case, two magazines,
instruction book, and cable lock.
Simply Rugged "Cumberland" inside-the-pants
Crimson Trace Lasergrip.
Disassembly for cleaning is very easy.