SOLD FOR: $3825
Model: P49 (Swiss Military P210)
Serial Number: A125513
Year of Manufacture: 1951-1969 ( https://larvatus.livejournal.com/355024.html )
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic with Removable Magazine
Markings: The serial number “A125513” is found on both the left side of the slide and left side of the frame, the chamber is matched and marked “125513”. 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 right side of the chamber is marked with a Swiss military proof mark “BP” (the “B” is backwards). The left side of the frame is marked with a small proof and also “P” on the bow of the trigger guard. The trigger group matches and is marked “25513”. The bottom of the magazine well is hand inscribed “S.N TAC WA / CHF 9mm”
Barrel Length: 4 ¾”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade dovetailed into the slide. 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 scratches to the smooth borders. The smooth borders show minor crazing. The checkering is generally quite sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips rate in about Good-Plus condition and would rate higher if not for the repaired chip.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 10/10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There is faint thinning on most of the leading edges. There are some faint marks on the left side of the frame and the front strap. There are lines through the finish where the safety and slide stop move over. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-Plus 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 are two 8-round magazines and a leather flap holster. The holster is marked “53” and “R SCHUTZ / Sattlerei / SCHÜPFHEIM” in a box. The inside of the inner small flap is marked “Obit. Stich / I/53”. The inside of the top flap is marked with a Swiss cross over “J” within a box.
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. A stamped “P” on the trigger guard shows that the weapon was left as a gift to the owner upon leaving the armed forces.
This one has been kept in immaculate condition by its previous owner and comes with two magazines and a holster! These guns are regarded by collectors as one of, if not, the best-constructed handguns 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!