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Posted: 9/30/2008 8:35:56 PM EDT
Where can I find out how old my Sig 220 is?  The first four of the serial is G 264.
Link Posted: 9/30/2008 8:41:34 PM EDT
There might be a date code inside the grips (on the grips, not the frame). Arrow pointing at month, two digits for year.
Link Posted: 9/30/2008 8:53:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2008 8:55:43 PM EDT by Growler67]
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.



The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.
Link Posted: 10/3/2008 12:30:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Growler67:
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/tyggrr65/Arms/DSC00602.jpg

The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.


This.  Always call the manufacturer when you have a question like this.  They can usually tell you in about five minutes.
Link Posted: 10/3/2008 12:34:07 AM EDT
Not to hijack, but now I have a follow-on question.

What is that thing that looks like a cockroach?  A proofmark, I understand.  But what exactly does the cockroach signify?

Does that mean it passed the bug shooting test?
Link Posted: 10/3/2008 1:05:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2008 1:10:46 AM EDT by Growler67]
It's not a roach.  It is the proof mark identifying the Kiel, Germany proofhouse where the parts undergo inspection before moving on to assembly.  Proof Marks
Link Posted: 10/3/2008 8:36:14 AM EDT
The "roach" is the Coat of Arms of the city Kiel


The Proof Marks-link posted by Growler is full of errors.

The Coat of Arms on your P6 indicates that it was testet by the Kiel proof house, the Federal Eagle over the N is the proof stamp for nitro powder.
Link Posted: 10/3/2008 11:25:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By omega62:

Originally Posted By Growler67:
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/tyggrr65/Arms/DSC00602.jpg

The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.


This.  Always call the manufacturer when you have a question like this.  They can usually tell you in about five minutes.


That only works if your Sig has the proof marks...3 of my 7 do not.

Also, Sig wants $25 to tell you how old your pistol is...
Link Posted: 10/4/2008 12:06:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/7/2008 10:51:17 PM EDT by Nostromo]
nevermind
Link Posted: 10/9/2008 9:18:28 PM EDT
Actually, SIG only charges $12.95 to tell you when your SIG was made. They also mail you a Certificate of Manufacture. Call SIG Customer Service to order yours. You will need to know the model number (e.g., P226) and the serial number of the weapon to order this certificate.
Link Posted: 10/21/2008 4:12:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Nostromo:
Call Ray at 603.418.8183, told me for free.

I called him, and he told me to get bent.  Or pay.

Also said to stop bothering him............
Link Posted: 11/6/2008 3:32:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Growler67:
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/tyggrr65/Arms/DSC00602.jpg

The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.



Thats a pretty neat.   My P220 was produced in 1990 and still has made in W. Germany marked on the slide.
Link Posted: 11/7/2008 10:50:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Cole2534:
Originally Posted By Nostromo:
Call Ray at 603.418.8183, told me for free.

I called him, and he told me to get bent.  Or pay.

Also said to stop bothering him............


damn that sucks, sorry to hear man...guess the number is unreliable now
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 12:13:31 AM EDT
NICE! my mosquito i just traded for has AJ which means it was made this year, awesome
Link Posted: 11/22/2008 7:11:36 PM EDT
My 226 is 1989. Thanks for the date codes..
Link Posted: 11/22/2008 7:54:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2018 4:30:09 PM EDT by P08]
My 220 is old made in 1977!



Link Posted: 11/28/2008 6:17:12 PM EDT
Hey guys, I bought my P226 used...it's U728XXX..any estimates as to date of manufacture?
Link Posted: 12/5/2008 2:52:08 AM EDT
I cannot find the area on my 220 where there are any letters. just the serial number on the frame starting with G 370.
Link Posted: 12/5/2008 3:36:32 AM EDT
T  A  G
Link Posted: 12/7/2008 12:42:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lucky_lefty:
I cannot find the area on my 220 where there are any letters. just the serial number on the frame starting with G 370.



It should be on the outside of the bottom of the slide, the area that extends beyond the dust cover of the frame.  Sorry for the crappy pic but it was the best I could do in a hurry.


Link Posted: 12/23/2008 3:28:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lucky_lefty:
I cannot find the area on my 220 where there are any letters. just the serial number on the frame starting with G 370.


Your's is probably an American assembled Sig.  There are no proof marks on them.
Link Posted: 12/23/2008 3:30:21 PM EDT



Forgive me but that is just a sexy pistol.  Wish I could find one somewhere.
Link Posted: 1/20/2009 2:26:36 AM EDT
My issue 226 is JJ so is 88.
Link Posted: 2/28/2009 11:08:34 PM EDT
I found out mine is April 2006, they told me this one for free

few months later, I was trying to get info on this other one I'm interested in, and the they told me its 13 bux....
Link Posted: 3/4/2009 2:33:25 PM EDT
Mine has KE marks, 1994?......If it's 1994 then why would they still have made in W. Germany on the side.
Link Posted: 3/5/2009 1:00:47 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mauritius:
Mine has KE marks, 1994?......If it's 1994 then why would they still have made in W. Germany on the side.


Parts are made in batches and later assembled from those parts.  Many slides were made prior to the reunification of Germany.  After the reunification, SiG used parts in stock with the stampings and proofmarks from older stock until it ran out before using newer stocks of parts.
Link Posted: 3/10/2009 8:11:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Growler67:
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/tyggrr65/Arms/DSC00602.jpg

The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.


In addition to the previously posted method, you can try looking on the inside of the grip panels for a date stamp.  It'll look like a clock of sorts.



SiGArms chargers $12.95 for a date investigation.  You can get a more detailed history for a slightly higher fee, providing there is a history beyond just manufacture (LE Department sale, factory services completed, CPO etc.).
Link Posted: 3/17/2009 12:37:26 PM EDT
Ok i'm confused.  I just bought a new 229 and it has an AM prefix to the serial.
Link Posted: 3/17/2009 9:47:14 PM EDT
JK=1989 for my 228.
Link Posted: 3/18/2009 12:12:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Blue_Genes:
Ok i'm confused.  I just bought a new 229 and it has an AM prefix to the serial.


You are confused because SiG doesn't incorporate the Date Code in the Serial Number.  If it was assembled in Exeter, then you may end up having to pay SiG $12.95 for a manufacture Certificate to show when it was made.  If it came with a plastic case, the manufacture date will be on one of the stickers on the side.  SiG no longer uses the "Roll Stamp" two letter Date Code (though they really should).  When they did, the two letters would be stamped on the frame just above the trigger guard on the right side of the frame for P230/P232's.  For the classic "P" series they were mostly on the "chin" of the slide.  Front end, directly opposite from the front sight (yes, underside).

Link Posted: 3/19/2009 9:55:59 AM EDT
Ah thanks for that!  Mine was made in Germany (so it says on the frame) with a manufacture date of 8 Aug 08.
Link Posted: 3/21/2009 3:41:28 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Blue_Genes:
Ah thanks for that!  Mine was made in Germany (so it says on the frame) with a manufacture date of 8 Aug 08.


It probably says' "frame made in Germany" , the gun was assembled in the USA.
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 1:22:40 PM EDT
My 229 was bought back in 1997 or so but I can't find any markings like you all are talking about.  Does this mean I have bin carrying a fake SIG all these years?
Link Posted: 6/15/2009 5:48:45 PM EDT
I just off the phone with about my P226  mine is in mint condition and the date it was made is 1987 and stamped  "MADE IN W GERMANY" got to love it. Ed
Link Posted: 6/18/2009 9:47:14 PM EDT
cool, looks like my P226 was made in 1981.
Link Posted: 6/20/2009 5:14:05 PM EDT
my sig p220 in 9mm is made in 1976, the second year they were ever produced
Link Posted: 6/24/2009 12:22:05 AM EDT
To the OP, my 220 was ordered new from Simmons Gun Specialties in 1996 and my serial # starts with G 263.  Not as much help as the other posts but perhaps it can ballpark it for you, granted ship date from a distributor likely doesn't mean much.
Link Posted: 6/30/2009 10:48:14 PM EDT

  MAR 20 09 for my P239 DAK

Link Posted: 8/28/2009 2:56:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/28/2009 2:59:40 PM EDT by AR-Builder-Upper]
Mine was made in June of 2001 according to the grip panels.  I have no stampings to go by.  It says Made in Germany, not Frame Made in Germany.  I guess they make the mags faster than the guns, because the mags were made in 2000 according to the date clock.
Awesome gun!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 8/29/2009 1:42:08 AM EDT
Woot. 226 JK = 89. Cool.
Link Posted: 8/29/2009 11:10:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mosspointers:
Woot. 226 JK = 89. Cool.



I must have the twin brother!
Link Posted: 8/31/2009 8:01:29 PM EDT
mine doesnt have those marks....its got the proof marks, but no letters. it does say 04/83 on the side of the slide though, just in front of the chamber.

Mike is stamped P6, but has a thumb clip release, not pinky, and has the skeleton hammer
Link Posted: 8/31/2009 8:04:01 PM EDT
and mine also says "made in west germany" on the frame
Link Posted: 10/21/2009 9:20:37 AM EDT
Another example for no real reason....


Link Posted: 10/25/2009 8:52:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 87GN:
Originally Posted By omega62:
Originally Posted By Growler67:
SiG date codes are stamped 2 letter codes.  Underside of the slide at the muzzle end next to the proof marks.  Here is my P228, it was made in 1997.

img.photobucket.com/albums/v457/tyggrr65/Arms/DSC00602.jpg

The letters decode as follows:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

If yours does not have it stamped as shown, SiG customer service can tell you over the phone by doing a serial number/batch search of their data archive.


This.  Always call the manufacturer when you have a question like this.  They can usually tell you in about five minutes.


That only works if your Sig has the proof marks...3 of my 7 do not.

Also, Sig wants $25 to tell you how old your pistol is...


Is the info really that hard to come by?  Only Sig can tell you after you pay them how old your gun is?  How does a dealer find out what he has?  That info has to be somewhere.  Wouldn't it be in some blue book of values or something? How can almost every other firearm made be dated by doing a quick web search and a Sig can't?      

Link Posted: 11/5/2009 7:01:41 PM EDT
on the plastic handle there is a clock thing and it pionts right in betweeh 1 and 2 and the numbers by the arrow are 05. So it was made in 1 or 2 of 05? it was made in NH.
Link Posted: 11/5/2009 11:28:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lucky_lefty:
on the plastic handle there is a clock thing and it pionts right in betweeh 1 and 2 and the numbers by the arrow are 05. So it was made in 1 or 2 of 05? it was made in NH.


Jan or Feb of 2005. At least that is when the grips were made. This should give you an idea of when the rest of the gun was made as well.
Link Posted: 11/22/2009 12:37:23 AM EDT
My 228 = 1992, My 220 = 1993, My 226 = 1993.
Link Posted: 12/10/2009 2:39:23 AM EDT
225 , 88, its a JJ
Link Posted: 2/2/2010 10:20:26 AM EDT
Are the "made in West Germany" ones worth more?
Link Posted: 2/2/2010 1:48:22 PM EDT
only to those who have them...many feel the Made in Germany (including the West German made ones) are superior...I will only go so far as to say there were less complaints back then but SiG didn't make so many varieties of the same pistol as they do today...enjoy whatever you have and if yours works...then it's fine...
Bill
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