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SHOT16: Old is new – Sig P210 and P320

In addition to Sig Sauer’s other offerings at SHOT, this year saw the return of one classic handgun to their lineup, and this one will be 100% made in America and an existing model with some custom touches: the P210 and the 320 Target Model.

Many people argue that Sig Sauer’s P210 set the accuracy standard by which all 9mm pistols should be judged decades ago. An associate of the author who specializes in VIP Protection has carried one for close to 4 decades with the thought process being that it is so accurate that he takes it on assignments where he cannot carry a long gun.

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Sig P210 and P320

The P210 has a classic profile that reflects the era in which it was designed (late 1940s) and it is one of those designs that gets in your head and won’t go away, despite how many handcrafted pistols fill your hands between then and now.

This American made version looks extremely close to the original with a US style magazine release instead of the traditional European release. We saw two versions of the P210, one being the standard model and the other being a target model with adjustable sights and fancy hardwood grips. SIG told us to expect a “carry version” with a 4″ barrel, G10 grips and night sights in the future. It sounds nice, but we prefer the more traditional versions of this classic design.
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We are looking forward to this US-made version, as the older German made guns and even older Swiss-made P-210s are fetching prices that are closer to the shallow end of the machine-gun spectrum! This will not be a cheap piece, but certainly one that is a bit more realistic. We expect to see them hit the street for $1300 for the base model and $1600 for the Target version.

  •  Caliber: 9mm
  • Action Type: SAO
  • Barrel Length: 4.7″
  • Overall Length: 8.5″
  • Overall Height: 5.6″
  • Overall Width: 1.3″
  • Weight: 37.4 oz
  • Capacity: 8 +1
  • Sights: Post & Notch

The Sig Sauer 320 Target pistol has a longer (5″) barrel and slide than the duty sized version and has one of the best triggers we have ever tried on a striker-fired pistol. Target sights and a full length rail round this model out.

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It may not be the classic design that the P210 is, but it is a modern masterpiece in its own right. I have been on the fence about the 320 series, but this one might make the difference for me and is a strong contender for the next “SIG in the stable” after a US made P210 of course. We look forward to taking each of these pistols for a test run, particularly to see for ourselves if the US-made P210 can live up to the status carved out by its legendary Swiss and German made forefathers.

Specifications:
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action Type : Striker fired
  • Barrel Length: 5
  • Overall Length: 8.8
  • Sights: Front dovetail, rear target adjustable
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What is the NSSF SHOT Show?

The NSSF SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) and Conference is an annual event held by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Typically attended by thousands of people from all 50 states and over a hundred countries, it is (quite rightfully) described as the “…world’s premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics, and related products and services.

Imagine the Worlds’ Fair, but packed with everything from mini-guns and every breed of body armor, bows and boots; from eye pro and ear pro to optics and ordnance, socks to swords…you get the idea. Interestingly (perhaps fortuitously, for some) SHOT 2016 overlaps the 2016 AVN Awards, which would provide us with article fodder of an entirely different nature if we thought anyone there might have good trigger awareness and muzzle discipline…

You can see imagery from our coverage of last year’s SHOT Show right here.

2016 SHOT Show

January 18 — Media on the Range (numerous shooting facilities in and around Las Vegas)
January 19–22, 2016
Sands Expo and Convention Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hours
Tuesday, January 19 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 20 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 21 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, January 22 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shot-Show-2016

 

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