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AustinTX
September 16, 2011, 01:36 PM
I picked up this P210-6 Heavy Frame a couple of weeks ago but have been lazy about doing the photo shoot. It came looking brand new with box, papers, manual, test target, cleaning kit, etc. Not that this is news, but the craftsmanship on these guns is really remarkable. As others have said, it really is as nicely finished on the inside as many high-quality guns are on the exterior. Yet another handgun I wish I had purchased when they were in production and a good deal less expensive, but c'est la vie.

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AustinTX
September 16, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Uncle Malice
September 16, 2011, 02:11 PM
Gorgeous weapon. Is this one of the new productions?

Uncle Malice
September 16, 2011, 02:12 PM
Nevermind, I see the Made in Switzerland on the slide.


I am officially, very jealous.

Amin Parker
September 16, 2011, 02:19 PM
Congratulations, what a beautiful classic pistol.

I have always been in awe of the SigP210 and have never seen one in the flesh. As soon as i do, i will make an offer immediately.

Enjoy that fine pistol.

sigcurious
September 16, 2011, 02:43 PM
gah, I drooled on my keyboard! Very nice pistol!

IMTHDUKE
September 16, 2011, 04:47 PM
WOW AND DOUBLE WOW....Not that is one beautiful and all business weapon. Congrads.....where can you find another...wanna share?

Dr_2_B
September 16, 2011, 06:21 PM
Since we don't actually know you will you permit me to commit the faux pas of asking how much you paid?

Eghad
September 16, 2011, 06:57 PM
How many body parts did you have to sell to get it?

Grats on that find.

gunluver
September 16, 2011, 07:22 PM
SWEET!
:D:D

AustinTX
September 16, 2011, 11:39 PM
Thanks everyone! It has definitely been one of my "grail guns."

All P210s are expensive, but I think they're generally worth every penny (excepting, of course, the ones subjected to failed amateur gunsmithing experiments). You will have to pay quite a bit more today to get another gun built to the standards that the Swiss P210s were -- today's $5,000+ full custom 1911s, for example. All of the P210s were built with the same level of precision, and their very hard and tough steel means that they're basically indestructible with normal use, so you can feel totally at ease buying one with some wear on it, as long as some fool hasn't butchered the fire control unit.

Congrads.....where can you find another...wanna share?

I wish I knew of a plentiful supply somewhere. On second thought, I probably wouldn't be able to control myself. If you're interested in the P210-1 or -2 or some Swiss military surplus P210s, I can tell you of a few places.

Since we don't actually know you will you permit me to commit the faux pas of asking how much you paid?

You can ask, but I'm not quite sure I want to say exactly. :D I'll say that it cost more than the unfired/NIB 1967 Colt National Match that I bought this past spring. It shows no evidence of having been fired. As you can see in a couple of the photos, the part of the barrel exposed at the ejection port shows a perfect mirror-like polish, with none of the abrasions that quickly show up with some firing. Being in NIB condition with all papers and accessories, and being the rarer "Heavy Frame" version, it comes in toward the high side of P210 going rates.

sailskidrive
September 17, 2011, 06:49 AM
I WANT one. Unfortunately the pseudo spousal unit would probably drop a bowling ball on me in my sleep if I bought it.

Are you going to shoot it? You wouldnt happen to collect 1943 Remington Rands by chance? ;)

Rinspeed
September 17, 2011, 06:59 AM
Very happy for you.

Skadoosh
September 17, 2011, 07:56 AM
One of the finest pistols ever made. I envy you.

KyJim
September 17, 2011, 09:34 AM
That is one gorgeous pistol! I remember thinking how expensive they were when still in production. Now that I'm older, I appreciate them even more. I now have something else to save for. :)

johnbt
September 17, 2011, 10:32 AM
That's almost too pretty to shoot. Almost. If I owned it I'd probably hold off on shooting it for 3 or 4 days before I gave in.

chadio
September 17, 2011, 12:04 PM
... that would probably be it :D

Jeff OTMG
September 17, 2011, 06:52 PM
CONGRATULATIONS you found one!!! Welcome to the club. Now you can quit waiting for me to die to get your hands on one of mine. Wait until you shoot it. All I can say is that it is like a really short rifle. The pistol will easily make head shots at 50yards.

kokopelli
September 17, 2011, 07:39 PM
ok, I got dizzy scrolling down the photos.

nice. Why can't anybody make a gun like this anymore?

AustinTX
September 17, 2011, 10:58 PM
Thanks again to everyone for your comments.

Are you going to shoot it? You wouldnt happen to collect 1943 Remington Rands by chance?

To your first question, even though the gun shows no indications of having been fired (barrel exposed at the ejection port still shows a perfect mirror-like polish, for instance), I did buy it fully with the intention of shooting it. However, I may now have a line on another unfired/NIB P210, and I want to see if I can get the second one and then choose the range toy after comparing them in person.

As to your second question, not right now, but maybe someday. ;)

CONGRATULATIONS you found one!!! Welcome to the club. Now you can quit waiting for me to die to get your hands on one of mine. Wait until you shoot it. All I can say is that it is like a really short rifle. The pistol will easily make head shots at 50yards.

Hahaha. I was wondering if I'd ever hear from you about one of yours. :D I can't wait to have one designated as a shooter; fortunately, I have at least been able to taste a few dozen rounds' worth of P210 shooting bliss with other P210s recently, so I'm not totally in the dark.

wild cat mccane
September 17, 2011, 11:24 PM
What is the purpose of not saying the price? If modesty is it, the financial investment in your signature line greatly exceeds the point and the price of that one purchase price.

Not to be snarky. I can go buy a 1,000 R9 or a 2,500 HK MK tomorrow at about any gun store around here. Knowing the price would give any a valuable piece of info in an asymmetric area of knowledge.

:D:cool:

AustinTX
September 17, 2011, 11:50 PM
I would say touché, but the truth is that I simply don't want to unwittingly contribute to future P210 sellers having more of an advantage over me as a prospective buyer than they already have. Paranoid? I suppose so. :D If I told you a price, the one I'd give would be several hundred less than the actual cost, and I'd prefer to say nothing rather than lie.

When I'm done handing over pounds of my flesh to these P210 pushers, I won't have any problem being forthcoming about the prices. :)

AustinTX
September 24, 2011, 11:35 AM
Picked up another P210 on Thursday afternoon. I figured I'd add some pics to my original thread for the sake of completeness.

Top Gun Supply got a hold of a couple dozen Swiss Army surplus SIG P49s (equivalent to the commercial P210-2), and the Sig Forum went crazy (http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/3320058262/p/1). I avoided getting swept along by the hysteria, but then JohnBT and other evildoers started posting pics of the guns they had ordered. The exteriors generally showed a small to very small amount of holster and handling wear, and most of the guns appeared to have been fired very little. I came around to the idea that one of these would make a great P210 to shoot the hell out of with no regrets -- which is not exactly the feeling I have about my NIB P210-6 HF.

I ordered one of the last three on Tuesday, and it showed up Thursday afternoon -- just a little over 48 hours later.

I'm completely blown away by the condition of this gun. You really have to look closely to see any finish wear/blemishes in these photos (aside from PW Arms' giant import stamp :rolleyes:). There's just the tiniest bit of edge wear at the end of the dustcover, and there's a faint mark from the takedown lever that doesn't fully penetrate the bluing. With serial number A129XXX, it must be pushing 55 years of age.

The best part is that it looks even better internally. The barrel, the frame and slide rails, and all the other telltale areas show almost no visible signs of wear. The rifling lands are very sharp. I don't know how an issued Swiss Army pistol ends up being carried very little and shot hardly at all, but I'm happy to have it. I'll be shooting a few boxes through it tomorrow.

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AustinTX
September 24, 2011, 11:36 AM
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bsg1
September 25, 2011, 01:27 AM
congratulations. beautiful example; long on a short list for me.

treg
September 25, 2011, 08:32 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience and pics AustinTX. Glad you were able to pick up a shooter, can't wait to see the range report. Having recently become enamored with the 9mm cartridge I'm curious to see what a high quality piece can deliver.

Mowog
September 25, 2011, 08:49 AM
Wow Austin, two really great examples. Thanks for posting such good pictures of both! 210s are really classic!

AustinTX
September 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
Thanks, y'all! I thought I would be able to get to the range today and work the shooter P210 over, but it looks like that's not going to happen. I should be able to get out there Tuesday.

johnbt
September 25, 2011, 12:18 PM
You can't blame that change in plans on me. :)

As much as these 30 or so guns from TGS all look alike even though the serial numbers are all over the place, the story about them being handpicked for guards at a museum must be true. And where'd they find that many wooden commercial grips from the mid-80s? I'd love to know the complete story, especially the part about them being 'mistakenly' released to the U.S. market. I'd like to buy that person a beer.

"But boss, you said to get that container loaded and on its way."

John

Peter M. Eick
September 25, 2011, 01:05 PM
The heavy frame -6 adjustable is the optimal combination in my opinion.

Good job.

AustinTX
September 25, 2011, 08:24 PM
You can't blame that change in plans on me.

Sure I can. If you hadn't deviously posted your photos, I might not have purchased one of the TGS P210s. If I hadn't purchased one of those P210s, I might not have planned any range trip for today in the first place. :p

As much as these 30 or so guns from TGS all look alike even though the serial numbers are all over the place, the story about them being handpicked for guards at a museum must be true. And where'd they find that many wooden commercial grips from the mid-80s? I'd love to know the complete story, especially the part about them being 'mistakenly' released to the U.S. market. I'd like to buy that person a beer.

"But boss, you said to get that container loaded and on its way."

John

I really wish we could get the full story as well. The guns were obviously cherry-picked. I am also wondering where the hell someone found 30 sets of pristine quarter-century-old wooden grips for the entire group.

The heavy frame -6 adjustable is the optimal combination in my opinion.

Good job.

Thanks, Peter!

I'd like to get a -5 like yours as well. I'd really like a -5 Long Slide, but I'm not ready to part with $7,500+ for a single gun.

Eghad
September 25, 2011, 10:00 PM
Nice finds! We do want a range report on this Swiss hunk o metal goodness.

AustinTX
September 25, 2011, 10:11 PM
One will definitely be provided. I hope I have a good shooting day on Tuesday. No caffeine in the morning. :)

johnbt
September 26, 2011, 10:38 AM
"If you hadn't deviously posted your photos"

People were asking to see what one of the delivered guns looked like so I obliged. And the snapshots weren't even very good. So don't go blaming me, I was just trying to be helpful. And it worked. LOL

John

AustinTX
September 26, 2011, 11:06 AM
Just messing with you, as I'm sure you know. I always appreciate any type of assistance when it comes to buying quality handguns. I'm thrilled with my purchase, and I can't wait to shoot it tomorrow.

johnbt
September 26, 2011, 07:24 PM
I like how I worked in a pic of the minimal holster wear that somehow minimized the ugly importer's mark.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/JohnBT3/DSCN0233.jpg

lsuphan4life
December 22, 2013, 04:41 PM
Got offered this on a trade deal yesterday and jumped all over it. What y'all think?93389

Uncle Malice
December 22, 2013, 05:01 PM
I think you would have done better to start your own thread on the topic vs reviving a thread more than 2 years old. ;)

I think it's a wonderful gun, but I also think it's hard to say how you made out since you didn't give any details... what did you trade for it? Any idea on round count? How many magazines?

gav1230
December 22, 2013, 05:07 PM
Uhh, terrible gun, jammomatic made of cheap materials, can't hit anything with it....

....yep better send it to me! I'll gladly take it off your hands.

Edit: whoops didn't realize this was such an old thread

WVsig
December 22, 2013, 07:24 PM
Necro-thread...

lsuphan4life
December 23, 2013, 11:38 AM
I'm new here. How do I start a new thread?

Uncle Malice
December 23, 2013, 11:54 AM
Click on the button that says 'New Thread'.

Like this one, in fact, you can use this one.

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