SOLD FOR: $3550
Model: P49 (Swiss Military P210)
Serial Number: A126114
Year of Manufacture: 1951-1969 ( https://larvatus.livejournal.com/355024.html )
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The serial number “A126114” is found on both the left side of the slide and left side of the frame, the chamber is matched and marked “126114”. The left side slide is also marked with a Swiss military proof mark “BP” (the “B” is backwards) and “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 is marked with a small proof and also “P” on the bow of the trigger guard.
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch base dovetailed into the slide. The top of the slide in front of the ejection port is serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two-piece grips are checkered black plastic with grooves on the backstraps. The grips show some minor marks and scracthes to the smooth borders. The checkering is mostly sharp with a few damaged peaks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a line of wear through the finish at the safety and a lighter one on the frame from takedown. The front edges have some thinning. There is a bit of faint mottled thinning on the front strap, hardly noticeable. There are a few freckles of discoloration on the trigger. It appears a light portion of the grip screw head has been cut and there is a straight edge. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide-to-frame fit is snug. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is an 8-round magazine and a leather flap holster. The magazine has some light thinning to the body from use and some finish loss and little scuffs to the baseplate, in about Fine condition. The holster is marked with a box containing a cross over “Wy” and also “A. BOPP / RUPPERSWIL / 96” on the back. The strap is marked “K. SCHOCH / 69 / WOLFHALDEN” and also with a box containing a cross over “Wy”. There are some scuffs and light creases to the leather. The leather has a bit of patina and the stitching is intact, the holster rates in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The P210 pistol was originally manufactured in 1947 and became the standard military pistol of the Swiss Army in 1949, thus the Military designation P49. It was manufactured continuously for over 55 years. The pistols were decommissioned and replaced by the SIG P220 (Swiss Army designation Pistole 75) but P210s are greatly valued by shooting sports competitors. The Swiss military used the “A” serial number prefix and these were stamped “P” when they were decommissioned which we can observe on this example. This one has been kept in immaculate condition by its previous owner and comes with one magazine and a holster! These guns are regarded by collectors as one of, if not, the best-constructed handgun ever, and the originals are always increasing in value. It should be a great investment and a wonderful addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!