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Back in 1860, the Swiss Wagon Factory won a state contest for the manufacture of 30,000 muskets. That marked a changed in focus of the company, which also changed its name into Swiss Industrial Company (Shweizerische Industriegesellschaft). Even though still dealing with other branches of the industry, such as food packing lines automatization, or cooperation with Fiat, this giant from Neuhausen , Switzerland is still best known for making high quality guns. It is interesting to note that the original company only employs 280 people, while its branches all over the world have thousands of employees.
Most gun enthusiasts consider SIG P-210 to be the ultimate service weapon out there. Since 1946, when it was first made, all the way up to present day, this has been the most accurate gun made in serial production. A long time before the development of CNC machines, the manufacturer managed to achieve the interchangeability of the parts of the gun between different weapons. Even though the gun comes in several variants, the differences between those models are mostly aesthetic in nature, glossy or matt finishing, handle grips made of different materials and optional adjustable scopes. The only difference with sport models was a 30 grams heavier frame.
So, what has been happening with this gun? More than one would say when you first take a look at the new version of this gun. The legendary model now bears the Sig-Sauer mark and is made in the factories in Germany. This information caused quite a stir among the admirers, even though the company assures us that the quality of the gun has not been compromised in the slightest.
The first thing that you can notice when you take a look at the gun is the magazine release catch, which is in the usual place, at the base of the trigger guard, while the older models had their magazines fixed in place by a hinge at the bottom of the grip. The surface of the catch is angled and they conform to the shape of the walnut grip. The screws that are securing the grips are no longer standard, but instead come as hex screws. The ammo clips have been changed slightly, and they have a ledge on the bottom for the pinky finger. The frame is slightly heavier because of the thick walls, but the increase in weight is almost negligible, and won’t influence the speed at which you can fire your next shot. The frame comes with a beavertail, which is meant to protect the hand of the user from the hammer of the gun.
The shape of the hammer has been changed somewhat, but what’ more important is that the safety has been improved by adding the internal needle block which is meant to stop the gun from firing if the hammer is not fully cocked. Another new feature of the gun is the so called QPQ finishing (Quench-Polish-Quench) which is applied during the thermal processing of the steel and is supposed to make the weapon as corrosion resistant as it would be if made of stainless steel. However, this exaggeration was not unnoticed by some enthusiast whose arguments made the company explain that this is basically just an improved phosphatisation process. Regardless, with this finishing, you can’t discern the traces that the safety handle leaves on the frame, which is how the experienced gun enthusiasts were always able to tell if the gun that they hold is old or new. The front sight has been changed, and the rear now has a deeper, rectangular groove.
The competition version of the gun with a longer barrel has also gone through some changes. The longer frame now has a rectangular trigger guard, which is more common on combat guns meant to be held with both hands. The frontal surface of the guard is carefully checkered, as are the handle grips, the size of which was increased to some extent so as to provide the user with a firmer grip. The slide stop catch is larger on this model, so you can use it without changing the way you hold the weapon, and the manual safety has been moved to the back of the frame, just like Colt M. 1911. Its size and shape are perfectly ergonomic. The rear part of the long slide has a significantly larger part for attaching the adjustable sight, wide the larger sides that facilitate the pulling of the slide. The size and the depth of the grooves ion the side has also been increased for the same reason. In total, the gun leaves a great impression. The new model also has an adjustable trigger that you can set according to your particular needs. The new Sig P-210 remains a great gun, and the changes made to it only accentuate the quality that is responsible for the success of the company.