SIG P210

The SIG P210 is arguably one of the finest pistols ever created, yet there are very few sites on the net devoted to it. This site is meant to be an informational resource for those who appreciate the P210 for what it is... The closest thing to perfection one can expect to find in a pistol...

SIG P210

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There also exists quite a bit of confusion over who manufactures it and the various models that are on the market. We try and clear this up to the best of our ability in the history section of the site...

And no respectable gun site would be complete without ample amounts of cool pictures. Many guns with reputations as excellent as the P210's have commemorative or special issues that transcend the level of splendor found in your average pistol. The P210 is no exception. The special editions truly highlight the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that is incorporated into every single piece. Many of the more extravagant examples can be found in the images section of the site.

History

The SIG P210 Pistols were created in the late 1940's by Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft (SIG) in Switzerland as a military service pistol. The P210 has come to be respected as one of the finest service auto pistols ever made. It's legendary accuracy makes it ideal for target competition shooting. Accurate fire to 100 meters is not uncommon with this pistol.

The P210 is a single action auto pistol most commonly found now in 9 mm with a single column 8 round magazine. Most versions have a European style (heel type) magazine catch. I have seen a picture in a catalog for a German gun store with a P210-5 sport heavy frame with an American style magazine catch on the left side of the frame behind the trigger guard. There is also now a P210-8 version made with the Heavy Frame, adjustable sights, and American style mag release. The only other P210 I have seen with an American style magazine catch was a custom job done by Wayne Novak. The steel slide rides inside of the steel frame rails of this pistol, the rail is made very long nearly as long as the slide, making the slide and barrel very stable when fired unlike most other semi-automatic pistols. This feature plays no small part in it accuracy. The fine craftsmanship that SIG puts into the making of this pistol is very apparent. This is also reflected in the cost of this pistol. A new P210 can be expected to retail upwards of $2000. Unlike most of the SIG Sauer pistols to follow, the P210 has a manual safety lever and no de-cocker.

A fairly large number of surplus Danish military P210's marked M49 have been imported into the US in recent years. The M49 is still a P210 only sporting a more service grade finish. It may not look as good as a new P210, but at around $800 it is a great buy for those that can't afford a New P210.

Images

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Serial Numbers

The following chart can be used to get an approximation of when a P210 was made.

Year          Serial No.          Year          Serial No.
1949/50       P 50004             1977          P 81053
1949/50       P 50249             1979          P 76544
1950          P 50758             1979          P 79651
1950          P 50759             1983          P 96651
1950          P 50897             1983          P 97350
1951/52       P 51649             1983          P 97550
1951/52       P 51787             1983/84       P 96651
1952/53       P 54460             1983/84       P 97250
1953          P 53226             1983/84       P 300001
1953          P 53412             1983/84       P 300201
1953          P 54581             1983/84       P 300850
1954/55       P 55016             1983/84       P 303682
1954/55       P 56503             1984          P 300700
1965          P 56846             1984/85       P 301706
1965/66       P 57909             1985          P 303256
1965/66       P 57911             1985/86       P 306650
1965/66       P 58931-58940       1987/90       P 309550
1967          P 59706             1987/90       P 309555
1967          P 59710             1988          P 300660
1968          P 60442             1988          P 305715
1968          P 6032-60448        1988/92       P 307850
1968/69       P 60450             1988/92       P 309600
1969/70       P 67148             1988/92       P 309650
1969/70       P 68990             1992          P 312700
1972/73       P 73616             1992/93       P 313151
1975          P 79115             1993          P 314514
1975          P 79115             1995          P 315850
1976          P 79937             1995          P 316550
1976          P 79938
1976          P 79946

Source: VETTER L. Das Grosse Buch der SIG-Pistolen; Verlag Stocker-Schmid; Zürich 1995

Field Stripping the P210 Pistol

Before you begin make sure the pistol is unloaded.

SIG P210 field strip

  1. Make sure the gun is safe. Follow the steps mentioned above and only continue when you are sure the weapon is unloaded.
  2. Hold the pistol firmly in your right hand. Pull back the slide 1/4 inch while using your left hand to press the end of the slide stop on the right side of the pistol until it is no longer flush with the slide on the left side. You may now remove the slide stop.
  3. You can now remove the whole slide assembly by pulling it forward.
  4. Remove the hammer mechanism.
  5. Hold the end of the recoil rod. Apply a slight amount of forward pressure and lift it upwards to remove it.
  6. The barrel should now lift out in the same manner.

P210 Parts List

SIG P210 parts

Part     Description               Part     Description

         Slide Assembly                     Frame Assembly
1        Slide                     25       Frame
2        Front Sight               26       Trigger Bar
3        Rear Sight                27       Pin to Trigger Bar
4        Firing Pin                28       Trigger
5        Firing Pin Plate          29       Safety
6        Firing Pin Spring         30       Trigger Pin
7        Extractor                 31       Trigger Spring
8        Extractor Pin             32       Magazine Catch
9        Extractor Spring          33       Pin to Magazine Catch

10 Cover plate 34 Magazine Safety 35 Screw Magazine Safety Barrel 36 Plastic Grip LH 11 Barrel 37 Plastic Grip RH 12 Guiding Rod Assembly 38 Grip Plate Screw 39 Spring to Slide Release Hammer Group Assembly 40 Slide Release 13 Hammer housing 41 Trigger Housing Lock (side) 14 Hammer 41A Trigger Housing Lock (rear) 15 Hammer Pin 42 Trigger Stop 16 Hammer Strut 43 Trigger Stop Pin 17 Pin to Hammer Strut 18 Washer to Hammer Strut Magazine assembly 19 Spring Rod Seat 44 Magazine Tube 20 Hammer Spring 45 Magazine Floor plate 21 Trigger Pivot 46 Floor plate Insert 22 Pin To Trigger Pivot 47 Feeder 23 Sear 48 Magazine Spring 24 Sear Pin