SIG's original military Model 210 was introduced in 1949 and shipped with a 50-meter test target with a 5-shot, sub-2" group, establishing a reputation for stellar accuracy. Variations served the Swiss military until the early 21st Century and created a solid niche market among civilian shooters and collectors.
The current made-in-USA version, the P210 Target arrived on dealer shelves late last year. It features excellent target sights and walnut sport grips reminiscent of the old S&W "Coke bottle" stocks. The fine-line 25 LPI checkering on the frontstrap and triggerguard contribute to the solid purchase afforded by the grips and add to the classy appearance of the pistol. In short, The American P210 Target melds Swiss design with the improved ergonomie features preferred by modern shooters.
TWEAKING THE TEMPLATE
Western-inspired changes found on the P210 Target began in 2010 with replacing the heel release with a frame-mounted magazine button and a heavier frame with the German-made Legend series. This incorporated a safety lever that wouldn't score the frame and a beavertail to eliminate blood-letting from a hammer bite.
An important development in the late-Legend period was moving the thumb safety from grip-front to the much more accessible 1911-like over-grip location. The two 8-round magazines included with the P210 Target are marked "Made In Italy" and also fit the German-made Legend pistols. The P210 Target mags have base pads of additional length to match the sport/ target grips.
The American P210 Target is effectively the same size as my Les Baer 1911 TR Special and within a few ounces of it in terms of weight. It has the same 5" barrel, but overall length from beavertail to muzzle is 1/4" less. Overall height from the top of rear sight to bottom of grip is the same 6" as the Baer with a bump-pad magazine installed.
The grips on the P210 Target are wider than those of the Baer and the slide marginally so--though my 1911-blocked Galco belt holster fits it like a glove and conceals it very well with a light cover garment.
In place of the internal matching lugs of the original 210, the raised chamber interfaces with the slide port--a change that's every bit as precise, yet one that permits more economical production.
After several hundred rounds and some holster carry, the finish on the slide, barrel and frame--in contrast to my experience with the 210 Legend--shows no wear, "high spots" or any other sign the pistol has been fired...