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The Legend Reborn: SIG Sauer P210A Target

By Todd Burgreen

SIG SAUER’s P210 from 1949 is Rejuvenated with the Refreshed 9mm P210A Target

In the mid-1980s, the word “GLOCK” became synonymous with what we expect from a semiautomatic service handgun. However, another handgun preceded the GLOCK phenomenon by 40 years and was heralded as an equally significant step forward in pistol design in its time. This firearm was the SIG SAUER P210, which entered Swiss service in 1949.

The recently introduced SIG SAUER P210A Target chambered in 9mm is the latest descendant of the P210 and is reviewed herein. It is considered a SIG SAUER production handgun, even though its performance is more like that of a custom offering. This has been a common theme throughout the entire lifespan of the P210.

There is a reason that classic firearms hold a special place in our psyche. This is because firearms labeled as classics have announced a transition in form and/or function. No matter how many years and other models have transpired since, classics are accepted as such because they set the standard that all others strive to match or improve upon. The SIG SAUER P210 is such a weapon. Many do not realize that the P210 was designed as a service weapon; such is its reputation for accuracy.

Firearm evolution is a slow and tedious matter at times, with breakthroughs and improvements coming in bits and pieces from a multitude of influences. Manufacturing techniques, metallurgy, cartridge improvements, politics, technology, market forces (for instance, capitalism) and countless other factors have determined the unique weaponry advances of different countries and cultures. Early 20th century semiautomatic handguns were typified by hammer-fired, steel-frame, single-action designs.

The P210 has a full-length guide rod that fits into the slide’s integral barrel bushing. The P210 operates on the short-recoil principle. SIG SAUER slightly modified the original P210’s design in the P210A Target by moving the locking lugs from the barrel; instead, they utilized a single locking lug milled above the barrel’s chamber. The slide’s large overhead ejection port serves as the interaction point between the barrel and slide....

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N8 (October 2018)
and was posted online on August 24, 2018

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