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Old 11-22-2012, 05:47 AM   #1
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Early 9mm P220

Howdy from Mississippi!
Just bought this one yesterday.
The beauty of this one really caught my eye.
Looks nearly new except for the "Smiley" & some internal finish loss due to firing.
It is a Browning import from 1977 as the "HH" proof mark indicates.

While my 2001 P220 45auto is nowhere near as nice, my 45 has no play between the slide & frame.
This early 9mm P220 has some noticeable play between the frame & slide.
The magazine heel catch insures that the magazine will never unintentionally separate from the weapon.
All of my German issue police & military pistols have heel catches for the magazine & are single stack; from 7.65 to 9mm.
I am looking forward to shooting this one to see how well she prints on paper.
Gonna order a spare mag or two next week.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:02 AM   #2
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very nice example of a classic with the spur hammer.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #3
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Good lookin gun
A little Brian Enos slide glide heavy will take all that slack out of it.
My 229 was so loose it would rattle if shook hard. Heavy worked wonders on it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #4
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Thanks...now I want one.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #5
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Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #6
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The early P220's, in both 9mm and .38 Super, are great guns. Congrats.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:34 AM   #7
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looks great...you have an earlier one with the more contoured slide and those beautiful polished slide flats...narrower grasping grooves as well...enjoy...

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Technically what you have is a Browning BDA in 9mm, which is a Browning in name only. I have a BDA in .45 ACP.

These are P220s that were 100% made by Sig for Browning to import into the US under their brand between 1977 and 1979. After that Sig exported them to the US on their own as the P220.

Interesting that you have a BDA and a P220 box.
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needs to post a pic of the end of the box
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #10
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Beautiful gun! I was at a antique store today thumbing through some old Hot Rod magazines and gun magazines and came across this..... My first addition to my Sig collection of historical documents. Lol
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