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Old 05-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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What does it all mean?

What do the model designations on Sig pistols really mean? With
Smith the model denotes the frame size and the material and
caliber. What does 220, 225, 226, 228, 229, 239 really mean?
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I'm pretty sure they are just model numbers with SIG. I have never heard otherwise.



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I'm pretty sure they are just model numbers with SIG. I have never heard otherwise.
I agree. I think it is the same way with Glock also. Seems like they just pick a number to assign to the different models.
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I agree. I think it is the same way with Glock also. Seems like they just pick a number to assign to the different models.
Generally, SIG pistols are 2--, rifles are 5--, occasionally they do something cute like "Mosquito" or 556 (for 5.56 mm, I assume), and aside from that I can't see any pattern.

Glock started with 17 to emphasize the then-revolutionary 17 round capacity of their original pistol, and went in mostly chronological order from there as new models were added.

S&W sort of has a system for revolvers and auto pistols, but they keep breaking their own rules (e.g., going from 4 digit pistols back to 3 digits for the entry level models).

Ruger is just trying to confuse us with punctuation: The SR22 is a pistol and the SR-22 is a rifle.
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Glock started with 17 to emphasize the then-revolutionary 17 round capacity of their original pistol, and went in mostly chronological order from there as new models were added.
I've read several places that this is a common misconception. The pistol was named the 17 because the patent for the gun as a whole was Gaston Glock's 17th patent. Subsequent guns were named after further patents with some letter designations for slight modifications that didn't require their own individual patent (ie. the 22C).

Source: Glock 17 - Gun Wiki
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Generally, SIG pistols are 2--, rifles are 5--, occasionally they do something cute like "Mosquito" or 556 (for 5.56 mm, I assume), and aside from that I can't see any pattern.

Glock started with 17 to emphasize the then-revolutionary 17 round capacity of their original pistol, and went in mostly chronological order from there as new models were added.

S&W sort of has a system for revolvers and auto pistols, but they keep breaking their own rules (e.g., going from 4 digit pistols back to 3 digits for the entry level models).

Ruger is just trying to confuse us with punctuation: The SR22 is a pistol and the SR-22 is a rifle.

+1 to all that. but yes ruger is trying to confuse us! haha
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Ruger is just trying to confuse us with punctuation: The SR22 is a pistol and the SR-22 is a rifle.
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I've read several places that this is a common misconception. The pistol was named the 17 because the patent for the gun as a whole was Gaston Glock's 17th patent. Subsequent guns were named after further patents with some letter designations for slight modifications that didn't require their own individual patent (ie. the 22C).

Source: Glock 17 - Gun Wiki
OK, I stand corrected on the significance of 17. However, it's hard to believe that each successive model was individually patented (nor does the linked article provide any citations for that). At least in the US, a patent applies to a particular innovation in technology, not to a specific product. Thanks for the reply!
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I could easily be wrong about the later part - that's just what I remember reading. I imagine that even the 17 is based on the Austrian patent though, since that gun was named and released in elsewhere in the world before it ever came to the US.
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