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Sig Sauer 220R3-45-SSE P220 Carry Elite Stainless 8+1 45ACP 3.9"
by AJ B Date Added: Monday 08 March, 2010
I have been pondering this purchase for a long time. Every time I got ready to pull the trigger, the gun would sell just before I could get it. This time I jumped, and wow am I glad. This is the steel frame version of the Sig 220 with the shorter barrel. I have so far fired 90 rounds of Blazer ball and 50 rounds of LSWC reloads all with no feeding problems. The gun I got has the new 229 style external extractor some don't like. There have been no issues, though I wonder why they bothered the change. The old internal style has worked for years. I am a Sig Armorer, and I do admit the new style is easier to replace, but I suspect perhaps more necessary to replace in time.

The wood grips are certainly a bit "chubby", and I suspect I will either go to factory plastic grips, or perhaps the aluminum grips. This gun would probably be perfect with the Black aluminum grips Sig is putting on the new Dark Elite. I long thought from dry firing the SRT trigger in these Elite's was all hype. I must say this trigger really is an improvement. The reset is not only short, the pull is AMAZINGLY light. I shot a 47 out of 50 on my agency qualification course with the gun, only having shot 50 rounds of practice the day before. Those three rounds were all me, and most of the rounds chewed a hole right in the middle of the target. Accuracy is definitely up to P220 standards!

This gun is heavier then the standard 220 Carry I was toting around before. I wanted steel though, and I got it. This gun should outlive my kids. I often carry a full size 5" steel framed 1911, and this gun is no heavier on the belt, but certainly no lighter. If you are going to carry this gun, make sure you invest in a good belt and a good holster or you will not like it.

Mine also came with 2 magazines, so if Sig did cut back in the past, they are now still packing two. Many people complain about new Sigs and feel the quality has dropped from the past. I just do not see it. This gun is every bit as good as my oldest full size 220, and with a steel frame and solid machined slide, I have to imagine it will be far more durable in the long term. If it had slimmer grips, I would give it 5 starts, as it is with the chubbies, I will say 4.5.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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