SIG P210: Back in the USA

The SIG Sauer P210 Legend pistol.

The SIG P210 is possibly one of the finest 9mm handguns ever to have been made, and it is once again available in the US.  The guns, made in Germany, have not been available in the United States for a number of years.  SIG Sauer makes several different versions of the pistol, including the standard Legend and a target version of the Legend.

The P210 uses a slide made of solid billet steel that is finished in the standard SIG Nitron finish.  The gun uses a manual safety and a drop safety to enhance the safe operation of the pistol.  The gun also uses fine wood grips.  The accuracy and ease of shooting these guns is legendary.  Make sure you check out the original press release from SIG Sauer below.

The original press release on the SIG Sauer P210 Legend re-introduction into the United States of America

Original Article from 2010

The SIG Sauer P210 may be coming to a dealer near you.  Arguably one of the best pistols made in the 20th century, the Swiss Army P210 has been relaunched by SIG Sauer in Europe as the P210 Legend.

SIG P210 Legend Target
The SIG P210 Legend Target handgun.

Details are still relatively few, but some specs are available from the European SIG Sauer web site.  Like the original, the P210 will be available in 9mm.  The barrel length is 4 3/4″ (approximately), and the single action trigger pull is about 3.4 pounds.

The big question…Will the SIG P210 be imported to the USA?

Quite possibly.  Rumors say SIG Sauer will introduce the pistol to the American market at the 2011 SHOT Show.  Other rumors say SIG won’t wait that long.  I’ve made a few inquiries, but have not gotten anything to confirm, or deny, these rumors.

Stay tuned.

SIG P210 Legend Super
SIG P210 Legend Super

Features include:

  • beaver tail
  • American-style magazine release
  • internal drop safety
  • manual safety

SIG P238 – High Quality 380 ACP Single Action Pistol

SIG P238 Spartan

The SIG P238 pistol is a single-action, semi-automatic pistol chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge.  The pistol is considered to be very similar to the workings of a 1911 pistol and is said to have borrowed heavily from the design of the Colt Mustang pistol.  Most likely, SIG SAUER purchased the rights to manufacture the Mustang from Colt, though under their own label: the P238.

The P238 was introduced by SIG SAUER at the 2009 SHOT Show in Orlando, Florida.  At that time, there were few quality .380 ACP pistols on the market, but the 2008 introduction of the Ruger LCP proved there was an untapped market demand for them.  Unlike other manufacturers who were mostly bringing DAO polymer guns to the .308 ACP pocket gun market, SIG SAUER went with a high-quality gun on a metal frame.

The SIG P238 has an anodized aluminum frame and a stainless steel barrel and slide.  The pistols are single action guns that have a frame mounted safety.  P238 handguns also have a trigger bar disconnect safety, an automatic firing pin block and a  hammer safety intercept notch to enhance the pistol’s overall safety.

First P238 Pistols

In the first year of production, SIG only offered two variations of the P238:  a standard black finish and a two-tone finish.  The basic model was called the “Nitron,” which is the name of the special corrosion-resistant finish that gave the gun it’s black appearance.  The Nitron was available with standard SIG “contrast” sights or night sights.

The two-tone model had a black frame with a stainless slide, slide stop, hammer and safety.  The P238 grips were a stainless steel (silver) color.  Both the original Nitron and the two tone models are still available from SIG SAUER.

P238 Models

The SIG P238 saw exceptional sales in it’s initial year, and sales of the gun have continued to be very positive.  Since being introduced, SIG SAUER added numerous variations to the P238 line including various finishes, different grips and a variety of custom etchings.