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Old 08-02-2017, 06:44 AM   #1
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Difference between P225a and P225-a1?

I have come across several listings like this on the Internet. They all reference P225a, but the gun sure looks the same as a P225-a1. Differences?

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...03057/redirect

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Same same. Just people listing it incorrectly.
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Same same. Just people listing it incorrectly.
I can buy that but...
SIG's model number on the box is 225A-9-B-CL. Where does the A1 come in?
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I can buy that but...
SIG's model number on the box is 225A-9-B-CL. Where does the A1 come in?
Even SIG is misnaming it on their site. They call it the P225, the A-1, and if you look down at the sku it just says P225A.

https://www.sigsauer.com/store/p225-...n-compact.html
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Even SIG is misnaming it on their site. They call it the P225, the A-1, and if you look down at the sku it just says P225A.

https://www.sigsauer.com/store/p225-...n-compact.html
Well, knowing some of the curious things SIG does I can buy that too.
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Same gun...older, original P225 was just that..anything else newer, is a P225-A1
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I beg to differ that they are the same, maybe functionally but not cosmetically. I copied and pasted this from a response I made on another thread about this topic.

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Congrats! I was looking at one on Armslist that has white racing stripe on the slide. Can anybody tell me about the stripe?

MY REPONSE: I stumbled across a post on Gunbroker for a NIB Sig p225-A1. The price was excellent and it came with four mags. The picture was lousy, poorly lit, so details were lacking. There was only 10 minutes before the auction ended and the seller had hundreds of glowing feedback comments. So I made a quick decision and jumped in and hit the reserve just before the auction ended. All is great. Great price, around $700 with lower than normal shipping costs.

When the gun arrived at my local FFL it was nothing like I expected. Yes, it was NIB and had four mags plus everything else it should have but it was butt ugly. It was the 225A not the 225A-1. The stripe and the grips that looked like something from a cheapo pistol made it look terrible, IMO. The dealer agreed and said he was hold it while I contacted the dealer.

The dealer was extremely nice to me when I called him. He had no clue what the difference was between the A and A-1 models and did some research then called me back and said that it was a very exclusive model no longer made and could become quite valuable.

Long story made short, he agreed to take the gun back and refund my money.

Functionally it is the same gun but IMO very unattractive. I had two dealers do a quick check and no, like the Legion series, you cannot buy the A-1 G10 grips from Sig.

I did have the chance to compare it to my M11-A1 and the size difference is minimal but the advantage of the single stack grip was quickly lost to me because of the reduced capacity.

Side note, a quick check on Gunbroker and other sites revealed at least 5 other listings for A-1s which had the A pictured. Apparently lots of people do not know the difference.
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I beg to differ that they are the same, maybe functionally but not cosmetically.
Both guns are a P225-A1. The one with the "racing stripe" I believe was called the "Classic Carry", and I don't think is made any longer. SIG now sells 3 different versions of the A1. They are the same gun with different features/finishes--just like there are Elites, Legions, Combats, etc...

https://www.sigsauer.com/products/fi.../pistols/p225/

There is no such gun as a P225A, but it incorrectly gets called that all the time.
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^^^^ Beg to differ all you want. It doesn't change the fact that 225A = 225-A1.
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Here is my new Sig P225A Classic 9mm. This builded date on the box 09-Jan-2017.
On the box 225A-9-BSS-CL-TB. This came with threaded barrel and three mags.
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I beg to differ that they are the same, maybe functionally but not cosmetically. I copied and pasted this from a response I made on another thread about this topic.

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Congrats! I was looking at one on Armslist that has white racing stripe on the slide. Can anybody tell me about the stripe?

MY REPONSE: I stumbled across a post on Gunbroker for a NIB Sig p225-A1. The price was excellent and it came with four mags. The picture was lousy, poorly lit, so details were lacking. There was only 10 minutes before the auction ended and the seller had hundreds of glowing feedback comments. So I made a quick decision and jumped in and hit the reserve just before the auction ended. All is great. Great price, around $700 with lower than normal shipping costs.

When the gun arrived at my local FFL it was nothing like I expected. Yes, it was NIB and had four mags plus everything else it should have but it was butt ugly. It was the 225A not the 225A-1. The stripe and the grips that looked like something from a cheapo pistol made it look terrible, IMO. The dealer agreed and said he was hold it while I contacted the dealer.

The dealer was extremely nice to me when I called him. He had no clue what the difference was between the A and A-1 models and did some research then called me back and said that it was a very exclusive model no longer made and could become quite valuable.

Long story made short, he agreed to take the gun back and refund my money.

Functionally it is the same gun but IMO very unattractive. I had two dealers do a quick check and no, like the Legion series, you cannot buy the A-1 G10 grips from Sig.

I did have the chance to compare it to my M11-A1 and the size difference is minimal but the advantage of the single stack grip was quickly lost to me because of the reduced capacity.

Side note, a quick check on Gunbroker and other sites revealed at least 5 other listings for A-1s which had the A pictured. Apparently lots of people do not know the difference.
I did see your post before making mine. And I have seen the racing stripe version. But the guns I'm seeing on line as P225a's do not have the racing stripe, including the link I posted. Also see the post here from AngeloG. His P225a does not have the racing stripe.

I've also read elsewhere that the racing stripe version, designated as the Classic Carry was a limited run made by SIG for TALO distributors.

At this point the explanation that makes the most sense to me is just inconsistency in model number designation by SIG.
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OK, let's try to clear this up. Let's ignore the original P225, which we all know it's just P225 and nothing else.

Now, when SIG was toying with the release of the "new and improved" P225 in 2015, they actually called it the P225A in the early days. Still remember Jeff Creamer, one of the SIG big wigs, coming on the Green forum and announced it. But, officially it was named the P225-A1, when it came out. So, folks use the two names interchangeably.

Folks also tend to get confused, when they see the Item Number (aka Part Number, or SKU) that has "225A" in it and think, "This is not the P225-A1". Fact is, all Item Numbers for the various P225-A1 models start with "225A". What follows that depends on the model configuration.

For examples:

225A-9-BSS-CL = The Classic (This is the very first model that came out)
225A-9-BSS-CLW = The Classic Wood (wood grips, obviously)
225A-9-TSS-CL = The Classic in Two-tone
225A-9-BSS-CL-TB = The Classic, with threaded barrel
225A-9-BSS-CC = The Classic Carry (i.e., the racing stripe model)
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