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SIG’s Great-Looking P210

by Peter G. Kokalis   |  November 9th, 2011 17

It was great-looking and beautifully made, but the original P210 often disappointed when time came to shoot it. This new version maintains the looks and corrects the deficiencies, Kokalis says. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for a 9mm that’s as much fun to shoot as it is to look at, here’s your chance. His full report will appear in the 1/20 issue of SGN.


SIG SAUER’s new P210 Legend pistol is an elegant and classic design that has been completely overhauled to address every tactical deficiency in the original.


The Swiss Ordonnanzrevolver Modell 1882 was still in service during World War II. Shown here with an original holster and a box of 1941 7.5mm ammunition.


The rare Swiss contract Pistole Ordonnanz 1900 has distinctive dished toggle grips, while the Ordonnanzpistole 06/29 has plain rounded grips for cocking.


Two original Swiss SP47/8 (aka SIG P210) pistols: a military variant (top) with black plastic grip panels and a commercial version sold with wood grip panels.


The magazine catch has been changed to a button behind the trigger. The safety lever rotates easily, snapping into the frame detents at its two positions.


The lock mechanism is still removable as a unit, but is now retained by a Torx T15 screw and SIG SAUER does not recommend its removal by the operator.


Field stripping procedures are straightforward, as the recoil spring and guide rod are a captive unit; although the grip panels now require a Torx T15 driver.

  • MIKE

    I'LL KEEP MY SPRINGFIELD THANK YOU.

  • Michael Zeleny

    I reviewed Sauer's P210 Legend six months ago.
    http://larvatus.livejournal.com/283813.html

    What Kokalis views as correcting the deficiencies, I see as adulterating a classic.

  • A. Orlando

    How is the hammer bite? Any ambi-safety?A Orlando

    • Clem

      Yes. Hammer bit is a bitch, but they make a little beavertail extension that screws on and it takes care of the problem.

  • dabrewer

    Looks nice, but I bet it's expensive.

    • walter sowell

      around 2000.00

    • Jib Quinn

      $1845.00 for the target model at Reed's Sporting.

  • Joachim

    I have one of these and have held one of the older models, its worth every penny, for once, modifying the original actually turned out to be an improvement, while I wish the frame did have the original machining, as well as the swiss cross on the top of the slide, the addition of the beaver tail and US style mag release more than make up for it. Its expensive, but worth every penny, its a definite keeper and wreaks of quality

  • Hal Johnson

    I've got a Swiss Army M49 version of the P210-2 and its the best and most accurate pistol I have ever used. The mechanism works like a bank vault, he trigger is the best I have ever encountered and I think nothing of firing a 3-4" group at 50 yards.. Nad Oh yes, I'm almost 85. HalJ

    • John Jarosz

      How do I get one and at what cost? Is this 1949-50 vintage? Please let me know jjaroszsr@gmail.com
      Thanks!

  • bhp9

    Ok, here is the real truth about the new version. Although I like the mag. release relocation that is about all. The new gun has been vastly cheapened like just about every other classic handgun that is still being manufactured.

    1. Frame and internal parts are now made of junk castings.

    2. Magazine was cheapened by doing away with the continuous welded spine seam and the new magazine is stamped and folded over along the spine and it has pencil size welds to hold it together. The follower is no longer made of stainless steel either.

    For further info the cheapening of the gun refer to an American Rifleman article from several years ago on this gun.

  • bhp9

    Now lets look at the "original gun" not the current cheapy version.

    1. The most accurate 9mm ever made, often rivaling custom made guns today. It makes Smith & Wesson's target 9mm look sick. Machine rest groups are often one hole at 25 yards and 1 inch at 50 yards.

    2. The best balanced 9mm, it points like a finger.

    3. Trigger pull very crisp. Breaks like glass. Compare it to today's cheapy plasticy pistol trigger pulls.

  • mothay

    I am impressed that a P210.
    I have to look at the center front and back.
    I want to change the front sight.

    Thailand can not be found.
    I have some help.

    I have the P210 Legend Target.
    Please contact me at mothay_@hotmail.com.

    Thanks in advance.

    I am impressed that a P210.
    I have to look at the center front and back.
    I want to change the front sight.

    Thailand can not be found.
    I have some help.

    I have the P210 Legend Target.
    Please contact me at mothay_@hotmail.com.

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.couch.902 Gary Couch

      I like the 210…a very impressive pistol to be sure, but I would dispute the claim as to most accurate 9mm ever made. My P9S holds that distinction as far as I'm concerned. For those of you unfamiliar with the P9s : http://www.neonfeather.com/hkp9s/ . A work of art that shoots better than most who owned it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.couch.902 Gary Couch

    I like the 210…a very impressive pistol to be sure, but I would dispute the claim as to most accurate 9mm ever made. My P9S holds that distinction as far as I'm concerned. For those of you unfamiliar with the P9s : http://www.neonfeather.com/hkp9s/ . A work of art that shoots better than most who owned it.

    Read more: http://www.shotgunnews.com/2011/11/09/sigs-great-…

  • Bob

    1911 wannabe.

  • Robert Cremer

    Hello, I’m am from Belgium and I have a SIG SAUER P210-6 and I lost my screw for trigger stop. So if someone can help me or inform me where I can find such a screw please let me know. Thank you very much. Best regards, Robert My e-mail: robert@eureka-antwerp.be

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