Sold For: $4,375
Serial Number: P51329
Year of Manufacture: 1951 – 1952 ( http://larvatus.livejournal.com/355024.html )
Caliber: 9mm/9MM Luger/9MM Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The serial number “P51329” is found on both the left side of the slide and left side of the frame, and is partially visible through the ejection port on the right side of the barrel. The left side slide is also marked with “SIG” in an oval. There is a Swiss Cross in a shield on the top of the slide ahead of the rear sight. The left side of the frame has a mark that looks like a backwards “B” attached to a “P” which is the Swiss military proof mark.
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade in a dovetail slot. The rear sight is a “U” notch in a dovetail slot, which is drift adjustable for windage.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two wooden grips wrap around to meet at the rear. There are 21 horizontal grooves on the side of each grip panel. The left grip panel has a slot through which the lanyard loop passes. There is minor finish loss and a few handling and compression marks mostly on the right panel. There is an about 1/16” chip missing between two of the grooves on the left panel midway between the grip screw and lanyard loop. There are no visible cracks or scratches. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Factory Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is some fouling present that does not appear to be erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is a line of wear through the finish at the safety and wear on the slide on the right side at the muzzle. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine to Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. This pistol does not have a loaded round indicator, the hammer does have a safety notch about ¼” from the rear of the slide and the pistol does have a magazine safety disconnect. There is a lanyard loop at the left rear of the grip and a European heel-type magazine release. The trigger is smooth, the hammer is serrated and the safety is checkered. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Four 8 round magazines are provided and photographed.
Our Assessment: By long standing reputation and the factory test targets we have seen, this is probably the most accurate production semi-automatic pistol ever manufactured for adoption by a police or military force. This pistol is well manufactured, graceful and ergonomic. It is a legend in its own time. The Swiss army and police have used this pistol for years. The few we have had the opportunity to receive in the shop that had their test targets with them show groups of less than 3” at 50 M. This particular pistol is relatively early manufacture, shows no import marks and is in Fine condition. Here is one of the best you can get!