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Old 07-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Sig P220 vs 1911 (Sig or other maker)

Educate me on how these two platforms compare. Obviously a full-size 1911 is much larger. What are the other salient differences?
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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Grip angle is different, similar capacity, grip size, bore axis. I personally shoot a 220 much better than a 1911. That of course varies from person to person. Both are excellent .45's. SIG has the .45 round covered between the 250, 220, and 1911.



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+1 on the P220.
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:04 AM   #4
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1911's are SAO and 220's can be had in DA/SA or SAO or DAO / (DAK) I shoot my 1911 better than my 220 but if I were to select one to carry, the 220 DA/SA would win hands down. I have never had any problems with my 1911 or my 220 and I do feel that the 220 would be less prone to needing operational tweeking over time.
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I shoot my Sig 1911 much more accurately than the 220 I rented. Just sayin...If you haven't shot both (at the same time), I highly recommend renting both and seeing which one is better for you.
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A rented pistol probably has so much lead/carbon build up that it's accuracy is nil.

Again, it really comes down to personal preference.



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I like both the P220 and the 1911. I shoot about the same with either style 45, but I like carrying "cocked and locked" or condition one...
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if you dont know which one you want, buy both!
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Educate me on how these two platforms compare. Obviously a full-size 1911 is much larger. What are the other salient differences?
A full size (Government size) 1911 isn't necessarily bigger than all P220's. I've got a Sig P220 Stainless Steel Elite Match with a 5 inch barrel that is every bit the size of a 1911.
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I'm not a 1911 fan. While they are better guns today than they were 30+ years ago (when I owned a couple), I much prefer the P220.

The P220 is a simple design. The barrel locks into the ejection port on the P220 so there's no need for internal machined locking lugs. There's no need for the swinging link that is pinned into the barrel of the 1911 compared to the SIG. The SIG doesn't use or need a separate barrel bushing. The 1911 has lots of parts that require tweaking to fit together properly--SIG parts are generally just drop-ins.

Take down with the P220 is faster, easier and simpler.

The P220 is available as a traditional DA/SA (and otherwise) whereas the 1911 is SAO. The standard way to carry the 1911 is cocked and locked and that bothers some people (myself included). The 1911 has a grip safety some people find "fiddley" (from personal experience, I despise grip safeties).

I've found the P220 to be more functionally reliable than the 1911.

Obviously, I'm prejudiced for the P220. But lots of people love the 1911, shoot it well and have good luck with its reliability and accuracy.
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While I like the 1911 and have had over 40 of them in 4 decades,I find the Sig 220 more reliable and in DA/SA safer to carry than cocked and locked. I have had the 1911 thumb saftey bumped off more than a few times.
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Gee -- a few years ago, I got a great deal on a 220. Bought it. Really did not shoot it that well. Loaned it to a friend who shot it like a pro. Tried and tried but never got any good with it. Sold it. Now I shoot my 1911 far better than almost anything else - well my old Glock 17 is close, but that might just be because of all the thousands of rounds I've fired from it.

Based on my personal experience - and nothing else - I pick the 1911.

By the way, I really wanted to like the 220. Love the way Sigs are made, always have seen them as superior pistols - but the 220 was not for me.
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I really enjoy shooting my P220 & added a Sig 22 conversion as soon as they were available. This combo makes every range session with me. The P220 is rather large for me to carry, but it's great for "night stand" duty. Having trained with & carried a GI 45, I have not been without one in 40 + years. Recently added a Sig Ultra to my 1911 group which includes a Kimber & a couple of Colts. The 3" Sig is much more accurate than the Colt Officers Lightweight that it replaced.
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Ive owned and shot two different 1911's. Not high end mind you, kinda middle of the road. I found them both to be finicky and in constant need of TLC. Maybe I had a couple made at quitting time on a Friday, who knows.... I loved them and I guess that's the purist in me however I got tired of tinkering with them.

I've two Sig 220s and a 220 Carry Elite. One of the 220s is a KC, 1992 and as far as I can tell it still has the original springs and so far has been 100% as all my Sigs have been.
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A full size (Government size) 1911 isn't necessarily bigger than all P220's. I've got a Sig P220 Stainless Steel Elite Match with a 5 inch barrel that is every bit the size of a 1911.
If not, even bigger!
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