SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Sig Sauer
Serial Number: B157159
Year of Manufacture: 1992, German date code “KC”
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum (also commonly referred to as 9mm Luger)
Action Type: Traditional Double Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Decocker and Removable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SIG SAUER” and “SIGARMS INC. / EXETER-NH”. The right side of the slide is marked “B 157 159” and “P228 / MADE IN W.GERMANY”. The bottom of the slide, just in front of the dust cover, is marked with a Kiel proof mark, a German nitro proof mark, and “KC” date code. The right side of the frame is serial matched and has a German nitro proof mark. The barrel is marked “9mm Para”. The right grip panel is marked “SIG SAUER” and the left one is marked “P228”.
Barrel Length: 3 3/4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot dovetailed to slide by the muzzle. The rear sight is a square notch with a vertical white line at the center dovetailed to the slide. The white mark on both sights is slightly discolored.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are textured plastic with smooth borders. There are no notable flaws on the grips. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue slide and barrel, black anodized frame.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some light fouling in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 80% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, the top of the barrel has lost most of its finish from routine handling wear and there is finish loss along the slides leading edges. The screw heads have light tool-marks but they remain serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action is smooth and the single action trigger is crisp. The slide to frame fit is snug. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a user manual and a total of two 13-round magazines. The magazines have some light handling marks but both remain in Very Good condition. Please note, the magazines will not be included for purchasers who reside where they cannot be legally transferred.
Our Assessment: The Sig Sauer P228 is a single and double-action semi-automatic pistol chambered for 9mm Parabellum rounds. The pistol, designated the M11 by the U.S. Military, is a smaller version of the P226. Sig Sauer pistols have long been recognized as being among the highest quality handguns on the market. It should be noted that West German manufacturing had achieved a strong reputation on the international market during the Cold War, thus German industrialists lobbied Berlin to allow them to continue to mark their products as being manufactured in “West Germany” for 5 years after the country was reunified. Hence, this pistol which was made in 1992, three years after the Berlin Wall came down, retains a West German marking. The gun has some handling wear but it remains mechanically sound. Good luck on your bid!