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...
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.
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.
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.
- Remove the magazine by pulling down the release near the heel of the pistol.
- Pull back the slide all the way to eject any round that may already be chambered.
- Inspect the chamber through the ejection port.
- Release the slide.
- Pull the trigger.
- Make sure the gun is safe. Follow the steps mentioned above and only continue when you are sure the weapon is unloaded.
- 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.
- You can now remove the whole slide assembly by pulling it forward.
- Remove the hammer mechanism.
- Hold the end of the recoil rod. Apply a slight amount of forward pressure and lift it upwards to remove it.
- The barrel should now lift out in the same manner.
P210 Parts List
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