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SIG P210

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Switzerland

  • NICKNAMES
    P210 (factory designation)
    Pistol M/49 (Danish military designation)
    Neuhausen (Danish nickname)
    Ordonnanzpistole 49 (Swiss military designation)
    SP 47/8 (early pre-production version)

  • DESIGNED
    1947 - 1949

  • DESIGNER
    SIG

  • PRODUCTION
    1949 - 2005

  • PRODUCERS
    Switzerland - SIG Arms

  • QUANTITY
    About 350.000, including civilian sales.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very accurate
    High production quality
    Expensive
    Limited magazine capacity

Introduction

The P210 is an early Cold War era pistol of Swiss origin. It was developed shortly after World War 2 for Swiss military use. It is known for its high production quality and good accuracy.

Design

The P210 is a further development of the French Mle 35A pistol. It is a single action pistol that uses short recoil operation. It is made out of steel, with the exception of the grip plates which can be either wood or plastic. The P210 is a high quality pistol and expensive to produce since the slide and frame are machined from blocks of steel. Normally fixed iron sights are fitted, although many civilian models are fitted with adjustable sights.

Firepower

The P210 is a semi-automatic pistol. It fires the 9x19mm round from an 8 round single stack magazine. For civilian use it also was available in 7.65mm Parabellum. The P210 is known as an accurate pistol.

Users

The main user of the P210 has been Switzerland which adopted it for military and law enforcement use. It was also exported to Denmark and Germany. The P210 has also been widely sold in various versions on the civilian market.

Variants

P210

P210: The P210 has been produced in 10 versions. All the models adopted by military and law enforcement users are similar to the P210-2 model. For civilian use it was available in the standard model and in various models that may include a longer barrel, adjustable sights, adjustable trigger, heavier frame, longer slide and different finish.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, single action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length120 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 250 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity335 m/s
Stock-
Length215 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.90 kg empty
SightsIron sights, fixed, blade front and notch rear, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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