The SIG Sauer P220 was introduced in 1976, as a full sized handgun that launched the company to the forefront of modern pistol design. This pistol is extremely accurate and easy to operate. This design influenced many future pistols including the top metal-framed pistol: the P226.
Today, you can find the P220 is available in .45 ACP. A European version of the P220 is available in 9mm as a competition pistol. In the past, the P220 was also available in .38 Super. The vast majority of the pistols have been made in .45 caliber.
Ergonomics and Recoil
Most shooters will find that the P220 has very good ergonomics, fitting most hand sizes without a problem. The good grip works with the pistol’s size and SIG engineered it to create very mild recoil. Some claim the .45 ACP is a hard-recoiling cartridge, but most shooters rarely notice the recoil when shooting this pistol.
Trigger and Accuracy
You will find the accuracy of the P220 is exceptional. Sub-2-inch groups at 25 yards are readily made without the use of a rest. Like other traditional SIG Sauer pistols, the trigger options are double-action/single-action, single-action, double-action-only and DAK (double-action, Kellerman.)
Reloading and Disassembly
You will find that all modern P220 pistols use a push-button magazine release on the left side of the pistol. Once you push the button, the magazines all drop free. Older P220 pistols made in the 1970’s and 1980’s were made with either a button magazine release or a heel clip release. The heel clip release pistols were primarily found on European guns and not many were imported into the United States.
Like other traditional SIG handguns, you will find that taking the gun down is a straightforward process. The shooter should clear the weapon, lock the slide to the back and rotate the slide release lever down, perpendicular to the slide. Once done, the shooter merely eases the slide forward and off of the rails.
Reliability and Durability
SIG handguns enjoy a reputation of being ultra-reliable. Shooters find that this gun is no different, in fact, it helped build the legend. The P220 has seen action in combat all over the world, and it has proved itself as a superior performer. The guns are very durable and easily withstand anything thrown at them.
The SIG Sauer P220 is a rock solid handgun. A shooter looking for a full size handgun with a metal frame that is chambered in .45 ACP would do well to consider this pistol. It will not fail when called upon.