The SIG Sauer P210 Target and the new P210 Carry are direct descendants of the legendary Swiss P210 Military pistol in use by the Swiss Army since 1949. SIG P210s are chambered in 9mm, and their magazines have a capacity of eight rounds. But what it lacks in magazine capacity, the P210 makes up in accuracy. With the careful fitting of their barrels, P210 are truly the Swiss watch of handguns.

The P210 Carry

The SIG Sauer P210 Carry is a marvelous piece of engineering. SIG took the reliability and accuracy of the full-sized P210 Target and fit it deftly into a carry-friendly package. Kept true to the P210 original form, the P210 Carry has no railing or optics option. It is a superbly accurate and refined combat pistol, designed to preserve life under the most dire circumstances.

SIG’s P210 Carry is a single-action 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Its trigger only performs one function: releasing the hammer via the sear. Thus, the single-action trigger does less physical work than a double-action trigger, which also must first cock the hammer prior to also releasing it. The P210 is designed to be carried cocked and locked with a round in the chamber, like the legendary Colt 1911.

The trigger pull weight averaged 4 pounds, 9 ounces, according to my Wheeler Engineering Trigger Gauge. It was very crisp. And the curved trigger fits the human finger contour very nicely, making consistent trigger engagement easy. While the hammer spur appears to be small when at rest, it is easily engaged and cocked due to its precision angle. The angle makes dry-fire practice easy and enjoyable, with no need to constantly rack the slide.

The P210 firing controls are prominent, particularly the thumb safety, which is curved with a contoured concave surface. It is quite positive, making it difficult to accidentally disengage. Based on a Petter-Browning action, the slide rails are on the inside of the frame rather than on the outside. The slide release is also curved and contoured. The grooved oval magazine release button is perfectly sized and releases the magazine smartly. SIG Sauer includes two magazines with this fine pistol, so new owners can start carrying the P210 as a defensive shooting firearm immediately after test firing.

Specifications

Caliber: 9mm
Magazine capacity:
Eight rounds/two magazines included
Sights:
3-dot Tritium SIGLITE Night Sights
Barrel length:
4.1 inches (not threaded)
Slide:
Stainless steel/nitron-coated/front and rear cocking serrations
Frame:
Alloy/nitron-coated/no rails
Trigger type:
Single-action-only/curved trigger
Weight:
29 ounces
Height:
5.63 inches
Width:
1.44 inches
Overall length:
7.75 inches
Grips
: Black G10
Price:
Approximately $1,050

Firing the P210

I took the P210 and a couple of boxes of SIG Sauer Elite Performance 124-grain FMJ standard pressure (1,165 feet per second muzzle velocity) practice ammo to Ohio’s Buckeye Shooting Center indoor range. I brought along a B27 silhouette target and positioned it 25 feet downrange.

Let me say first that the P210 Carry does everything extremely well. It cycles smoothly, due in part to the frame cradling the slide and keeping it within bounds. The trigger as mentioned before is superb and comfortable. And the G10 grips are well-shaped, textured and checkered. The fixed combat sights are prominent, simple and visible.

I sighted in on the orange center X-Ring and commenced firing eight rounds, two-handed. I was quite disappointed in my results. The second group was not an improvement. Those first two eight-shot groups measured 3 ½ inches and 3 ¾ inches respectively. The problem turned out to be an eyeglass issue. I was not obtaining the best sight picture as I was looking through a less-than-ideal portion of my trifocals.

Turning my head to the left and sighting out of the right quarter of the right lens sharpened the sight picture enough to markedly improve groups. While only two rounds of the first 16 rounds fired were touching, each of the remaining groups fired had multiple-round, same-hole clusters, properly reflecting the P210’s accuracy potential. The next groups measured 2 ¼ inches, 1 ½ inches, 2 inches and 1 ¾ inches. And there were zero malfunctions from gun or ammo.

Is the SIG Sauer P210 Carry Worth Buying?

As you can see from its specifications, the SIG Sauer P210 Carry is nicely sized for its intended function. Although it is not in the same size/weight range as the 17.8-ounce P365 Micro Compact, it carries comfortably in a DeSantis M71 nylon inside-the-waistband holster. And its extra weight soaks up the recoil of 9mm rounds in the full power band better than the lighter 12-ounce P365. It would make an excellent gun for introducing new shooters to the 9mm. The P210 Carry looks bigger online but is actually a very elegant design that should be checked out in person to be fully appreciated.

Sources:

SIG Sauer: SIGSauer.com
DeSantis: DeSantisHolster.com

Further Reading

Smith, Walter H.B. Small Arms of the World: A Basic Manual of Small Arms. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1969.