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    The Sig Sauer P210 Target Offers A Contemporary Interpretation Of A Timeless Design That Comes Close To Rivaling Its Predecessors

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    When SIG Sauer reintroduced the legendary P210 in the form of the P210 Target in 2017, it garnered considerable attention from firearm enthusiasts and collectors alike.

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    The original P210, a product of meticulous Swiss engineering, has been lauded for decades as one of the most accurate service pistols ever produced.

    Its reintroduction sparked a discourse on whether the American-made variant could live up to the legacy of its European ancestors.

    The P210, first released in 1947 and adopted by the Swiss military two years later, set a high bar with its outstanding accuracy and excellent trigger.

    As production ceased in Switzerland in 2006, and later in Germany in 2020, the American version aimed to capture the spirit of the original while making ergonomic and technical adjustments.

    The U.S.-made P210 features a modified locking system, unlike the two lug-to-slide recesses system of the original; it employs the Browning-Petter-SIG system where the squared cartridge chamber locks into the ejection port.

    This change, aimed at production efficiency, retains the closed control cam of the original design, and on test guns, the main components showcased impressively low tolerances.

    The SIG Sauer P210 Target also adopted the 1911-style thumb safety from the German SIG Sauer P210 Supertarget, a practical shift considering the American preference for this safety style.

    The adjustments include an adjustable micrometer rear sight paired with a green fiber optic front sight, along with extended wooden grip panels from Hogue—a nod to shooters with larger hands. The grip’s contour and the beavertail’s design have been modernized, potentially limiting compatibility with grip panels from the P210 Legend/Supertarget.

    Performance on the shooting range was a major focus of the reviews, with the American P210 Target’s capabilities being thoroughly tested with various types of ammunition. The results did show that while the pistol’s shooting performance was slightly below the European models, it was nonetheless impressive.

    The best group measured at 1.41 inches with a custom handload, and even factory ammunition like the GECO 124-grain full metal jacket produced groups within the exceptional threshold.

    The trigger of the P210 Target, a critical component in its shootability, matched the characteristics of the original P210. Despite not reaching an inspiring weight by measurements, the trigger’s first stage accounted for the majority of the weight, allowing for a lighter actual break.

    The variance in trigger pull weight was minimal across multiple tests, maintaining the P210’s reputation for a consistent and smooth trigger experience.

    The P210 Target continues SIG Sauer’s legacy with its high-quality finish, excellent fit, and materials that befit its status as a premium firearm. The pistol’s ergonomics and updated control placement make it a potentially fine choice for both recreational shooters and collectors.

    Although some purists may argue that it doesn’t quite reach the heights of its European predecessors, the P210 Target holds its own as a solid, well-made all-steel pistol that maintains the essence of what made the original a standout in its time.

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