Sig Sauer P220 Combat .45 ACP Pistol Review

The tough as nails brute of the P220 family, the Sig Sauer P220 Combat .45 ACP handgun goes above and beyond in reliability and accuracy!

The flagship of Sig Sauer’s high quality DA (double-action) centerfire pistols line-up is the large framed P220, which has been produced and imported into the US since the 1970s. But the Swiss-German Sig Sauer conglomerate continues to move ahead with refining older models and introducing new ones. The now classic .45 ACP pistol that opened the doors for the company in the US over 30 years ago has not been ignored with 14 different configurations of the full-sized P220. The platform is dependable, and with options such as different triggers, finishes, sights, grips, frames and barrels; it’s easy to find a P220 configuration that fits for work or play. One of the more interesting variations is the P220 Combat. For those that like the original P220 concept of a reliable large framed .45 ACP, take a look at this one.

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The standard basic “blued” P220 is produced from a mix of German and US made parts in the Sig Sauer facility, features a hard anodized alloy frame with an integral accessory rail, a Nitron-coated slide milled from stainless steel barstock, three-dot white paint fixed sights, black plastic pebble-grained wraparound grip panels, 8-shot magazine with a bumper pad, standard full-length DA/SA trigger, rebounding hammer “safety,” internal automatic firing pin block, external decocking lever, frame-mounted takedown lever, conventional left-side magazine button, and the new external extractor phased in during the past year or so. That’s the core pistol that all other P220 models are based on, and the Sig Sauer P220 Combat takes it up a notch.

The P220 is a rugged pistol to begin with. It’s worked the streets in uniform and plainclothes for over three decades in all sorts of weather and other harsh environments. The only major complaints have been magazines that occasionally cracked at the top rear (corrected long ago), an occasional extractor glitch, and a tendency to rust on the older carbon steel slides, which is no longer a factor with the current stainless slides.

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  • Italian Wop

    I still got my old Sig p220 from like 1984. Worked at small P.D. back then. Just had my Sig…and of course my hand held tape recorder for protection. Yep those were the days. 230gr silver hollowpoints. Only thing I liked about the 21 years there…was my Sig. Hope all my buddies are doing real well! We all went thru hell.

  • sidewinder

    Love my P220 stainless, I love this color too. I don’t think it’s ugly :-). The wife would shoot me with it though, if I bought it…:-)

  • Bongo Boy

    I don’t see any details that differentiate this model from any of the others–in terms of reliability of ‘taking it up a notch’. The god-awful finish scheme takes an already aesthetically-challenged gun and makes it even uglier. I love my stainless P220, but don’t see anything about the Combat model that makes it any more combat it’s hideous. 🙂

  • Colonel X

    I use a P220 Equinox .45 ACP – it is SUPER RELIABLE.

  • Presuming it’s as reliable as my 9mm P-225 (P-6)& used with the other .45ACP’s now in use….we;ll be goofd to go!! OO-RAH !

  • If it’s as reliable as my 9mm SIG226 (P-6), it should be a go for a new service pistol, replacing the obsolescent Beretta – mix in the .45’s currently in use- and we;re ggod to go!! OO-RAH !

  • What is the problem with the double action? When will you introduce a high capacity model like the H&K or the FN? In 45 ACP.

  • GW Mc Craw

    I prefer M 1911 because the double action trigger assembly does not work as advetised.

  • Thanks for sharing article.

  • Fantastic.
    I love 1911.I also carry sp2022.
    Thanks for sahring article.