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    Default Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?


    I'm a sucker for a good deal and I just got one. CDNN had been sending me emails for about a month offering a Sig Sauer P220 Compact Tactical Elite Single-Action-Only .45 ACP, so I took the credit card plunge even though I hate to do that. Good deals wait for no man.

    I finally got my hands on it and brought it home Tuesday. CDNN calls it a "Tactical Elite" model that's a limited edition with the Elite-style beavertail frame and aluminum grips. I'd trade both the Elite beavertail and the aluminum grips for Sig's SRT short-reset trigger like my P229 SAS, but that's not part of the package. It is a Sig P220 Compact SAO with SigLite Night Sights, so that's more than good enough for me.

    I'm a lefty so the P220 SAO models with ambi safeties work well for me, not to mention carrying the P220 like you're supposed to carry a .45, cocked and locked. If the single-action trigger on this compact is a good as my full-size P220 SAO, I'm in deep clover. I can shoot that big P220 better than any of the three 1911 .45s I own so I'm hopeful this compact will be somewhere close to as good.

    You can't expect a compact pistol to shoot as well as a full-size one, but if it's anywhere close, I'll be a very happy camper. Now if I can just hold my breath until Saturday when I can take her to the range and see how she runs.

    I never have liked that gunwriter's worn-out phrase, "put it through its paces." It ain't a horse, it's a pistol and I don't expect it to pace, but I do expect it to run. Very well as a matter of fact.

    Anything less than very well would be a big surprise as I've never shot a Sig yet that didn't.

    Chapter Two:
    Over at the Sigforum there's a couple of threads going on the CDNN "Tactical Elite" P220 Compact sale under way and one guy who just got one says the list of features includes:
    - Sig P220 Compact "Elite" as they call it
    - Beavertail frame
    - SRT trigger
    - SAO kit
    - Ambidextrous thumb safety
    - Sig aluminum grips
    - Sig night sights
    - Metal guide rod
    I can say "Amen!" to all of the above, including the steel guide rod that I didn't discover until this morning when I took a magnet to it, but for the life of me I can't be sure about the SRT until I actually shoot it.

    I tried cycling the slide by hand while "riding the trigger" to check the reset. It seems to be the same short reset as the SRT on my P229 SAS Gen2, but I won't know for sure 'til I shoot it.

    This deal just keeps getting better all the time. I also read on the Sigforum that Sig assembled this batch of a couple hundred or so P220 compacts on the last of the P245 frames, so it's sort of a catchall of their top features loaded onto some older frames. The Sigforum guys seem to think this is a great idea as they appear to like the P245s better than the P220s.

    I'm still a newby about Sigs, but if that's what the "experts" say it's fine with me. I really can't wait to shoot it now. And God help me the wife has already made plans for yard work Saturday.

    I shall have to call on the Good Lord to deliver me from the yard work and part the Red Sea so I can cross over to DeWitt's Range on Saturday. Or failing that, I'll just have to work like hell Saturday morning so I can go shooting Saturday afternoon. Better the former than the latter, but either way if the Good Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be shooting Saturday.

    And if you're a Sig nut, or wanta be one, CDNN is still selling them for $650. That's a great deal!

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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    Sounds like you found a good one, Net. I know I don't even have to say it, but be sure to post back and let us know how she shoots!

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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    i had a 'puppy dog close' moment a few days ago when the clerk put it in my hand and said, look, its meant for you:


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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    That SIG looks sweet. As it's a 220 it's going to be inherently accurate enough that the smaller barrel may not be all that big of an issue. I'm not a fan of a beavertail (I see it as serving no purpose with SIG's design and especially with a compact) but I could live with it. The gun also hasn't suffered the indignity of a rail, which for me on most SIGs is a deal-breaker unless the gun only comes that way. Some time back I acquired a new SIG 220 with a rail and it didn't survive in my stable for long. I relaced it with an Old but minty Browning BDA 220 Euro model and I am back in love with the 220. It's older than my old Euro 220 that I foolishly sold in the 90's, and identical except that it has "Browning" on the slide and grips and a polished finish on the higher contours. I wouldn't hesitate to acquire a compact like the one just acquired above. I'd really love to have an SAO SIG (other than my 1911) and I would bet that the SAO will do much to bring the accuracy up towards a standard DA/SA full size 220.

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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    I'm not a rail fan either. My P229 SAS fits holsters and handles a lot better than the 229R model I acquired as a backup. And the SAO provides a really crisp single-action trigger. Sig says it's 5 lbs. but it feels more like 4 to me. It certainly makes me a better shooter than I normally am. The compact 220 has a 3.9" barrel, same as the 229, so I'm expecting excellent handling and accuracy.

    I got our yard work done and now I'm trying to recover enough energy to go shooting. Old age is not for sissies.

    P.S. And old age won. Maybe next Saturday I'll get the shoot the 220 compact for the first time.
    Last edited by Netfotoj; 05-01-2010 at 02:26 PM.
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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    Net, is the compact easy to breakdown for cleaning like the regular 220 ? I was just talking to my buddy who loves Sigs but wants something with a thinner grip that he can carry. How many rounds???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter View Post
    Net, is the compact easy to breakdown for cleaning like the regular 220 ? I was just talking to my buddy who loves Sigs but wants something with a thinner grip that he can carry. How many rounds???
    Just like all Sigs, lock slide, rotate takedown lever, release slide-lock, remove. With the SRT, you have to decock the hammer as the slide reaches the normal battery position before removing the slide. If you don't you could damage the SRT.

    The compact mag holds six rounds, so 6+1 for carry. And it accepts 8 or 10-rd. Sig .45 mags.

    Still haven't had the time to give the compact a good workout for carry. I know it will be fine, but I don't carry any pistol until I've shot it with FMJs and JHPs and know it's ready for duty.
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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    thanks Net..........looks like a keeper.................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter View Post
    thanks Net..........looks like a keeper.................
    I'm positive of that and haven't even shot it yet. If it's anything less than great, I'll be astonished. I made the comment to my concealed-carry class on Saturday during "show and tell" with my pistols that this is my fourth Sig pistol and I have yet to have a jam with any of them, not counting .22LR slides.

    As Sig's motto goes, that is definitely "To hell and back reliability."
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    Default Re: Sig P220 Compact SAO .45 ACP followed me home: Can I keep it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Netfotoj View Post
    I'm positive of that and haven't even shot it yet. If it's anything less than great, I'll be astonished. I made the comment to my concealed-carry class on Saturday during "show and tell" with my pistols that this is my fourth Sig pistol and I have yet to have a jam with any of them, not counting .22LR slides.

    As Sig's motto goes, that is definitely "To hell and back reliability."
    Net, I've been shooting SIGs extensively since 1985. I've owned/own many of them (220's, 226's, 230, 232, 239, P6, 2340, GSR, 238) and in that time, with thousands and thousands of rounds fired, I have only had one malfunction with my 226 357 SIG (a bad mag follower which SIG quickly replaced) and few with the first two mags with my 238. Other than that performance has been flawless for going on three decades. While some question the quality of newer guns (I don't, but admit to having a preference for older West German guns) I would not hesitate to buy a SIG, especially a 220.


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