Archive for May, 2010

May
26

Sig Sauer Carry Elite Dark – Wrong Slide?

Okay, so maybe I’m not the most observant individual, especially when it comes to cool new firearms that I’ve waited months to get.

It wasn’t until after my first range session with the new Sig Carry Elite Dark that I noticed there weren’t any front cocking serrations in the slide. I checked Sig’s site, and it does indeed say the Elite Dark comes with front serrations. Also, nowhere on the slide does it say “Elite.”

Looks like a standard P220 slide was put on my Elite

Looks like a standard P220 slide was put on my Elite

Upon further research and looking up a ton of pics online, it appears that Sig shipped this pistol out with a standard P220 slide. Such a thing doesn’t really bother me. However, should I ever decided to sell this firearm, I think I’d be hard-pressed to convince a knowledgeable potential buyer that the pistol is truly a factory elite.

Compare to this P220 Elite Dark from Gunbroker

Compare to this P220 Elite Dark from Gunbroker

I called Sig to make sure there wasn’t a production change, and was advised there wasn’t. When I told the representative of the peculiarities of my P220, he suggested I send it in for a slide swap.

Shortly thereafter I received a UPS shipping label and instructions in an email from Sig. The rep stated it would probably be about 3 weeks turnaround.

I’ll ship it off tomorrow.

May
24

How to Field Strip the Sig P220 Elite

Second quick how-to video: How to quickly field strip the Sig Sauer P220 Carry Elite Dark for routine cleaning.

The Elite model Sigs are equipped with the SRT, which requires a simple extra step of decocking before slide removal. This step is not necessary for the standard P220 trigger.

May
24

How to Field Strip the H&K USP

I decided to do a couple quick how-to videos for new owners. Here’s the first – how to field strip the HK USP compact 9mm for routine cleaning.

May
23

Sig P220 Carry Elite Dark

The Sig I ordered a few months back finally came in last week.

New Sig Sauer P220 Carry Elite Dark

New Sig Sauer P220 Carry Elite Dark

It’s a P220 Carry Elite Dark. The P220 is chambered in .45ACP, and the Carry model has a 3.9″ barrel. The Elite model Sigs come with the short reset trigger, extended beavertail and accessory rail. This “Dark” model is additionally equipped with anodized aluminum grips and adjustable combat night sights. The full specs can be found on Sig’s website.

The Sig P220 Carry Elite Dark comes with adjustable combat night sights

The Sig P220 Carry Elite Dark comes with adjustable combat night sights

After the initial cleaning and lubing, I took it out to the range to start the break-in. My method is very simple for pistol break-in: shoot 25 rounds, clean; another 25, clean; then clean every hundred after that.

The P220 shot quite well from the first round, and just kept getting better. I was a little surprised at the amount of recoil – at 30 ounces unloaded, it’s not a light gun. I expected the muzzle flip to be quite a bit tamer than my Kimber Ultra, which is 5 oz lighter and whose barrel is not quite an inch shorter, but it’s about the same. Here’s a video of my first few shots:

After about 75 rounds, the accuracy started waning – quickly. I shot a group with some good ammo at 10 yards that slowly spread out to about 8 inches. Then I switched to Hydrashoks, and it got even worse.

I unloaded and inspected the pistol, and I could move the rear sight in the dovetail freely.
This Sig has “adjustable combat night sights” – they look like MMC sights. There are two tiny set screws for windage adjustment. I centered the sight and tightened them down the best I could with the supplied allen wrench. I couldn’t feel the screws turn much, but I did manage to twist the tiny allen wrench. The camera was rolling while all this happened:

As you can see towards the end of the video, the adjustment turned out to be darned close, as I shot another 125 rounds after tightening and the pistol stayed on target.

Towards the end of the range session, I had put about 200 rounds through the Sig, and I was able to put 8 rounds in 1.8″ 25 yards off a bag, and 8 rounds in .8″ standing at 10 yards.

All in all, this is an impressive weapon. The fit and finish is quite nice, it’s surprisingly accurate, and feels great in my hands. The SRT trigger is a delight, although the DA pull is a little heavy. I’m looking forward to some more range time with the P220 – I think this will make a fine carry piece.