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Posted: 10/10/2007 11:04:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 12:58:37 PM EST by spinaBifida]
Hello all. I've never bought a firearm until now. I did a FTF transaction with fergie 6066. For $650, I got a gently used Sig P228, 5 hi-cap mags (4 marked SigSauer, 1 marked Meggar, made in Italy MG-SP228. The Meggar drops free, the Sig mags don't.), instruction manual, and fobus holster. I can't wait to take it shooting. Sorry no pics today, maybe tomorrow if I can get my digital camera up and running.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 11:05:15 AM EST
I have a P228, it's a great gun. Enjoy!
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 11:05:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2007 11:06:29 AM EST by Subconscious]
Excellent choice. You can't go wrong with a Sig

ETA: I like Fobus holsters. You have to give them a little tug to get the pistol out.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 11:24:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/10/2007 11:27:29 AM EST by spinaBifida]
The gun is jet black, on the left hand side on the slide it says:

SIGARMS INC
Herndon-VA

on the right hand side, on the slide, just before the front site, it says: made in W Germany. On that same side, right after the serial number, there is a space and then a small z followed by a mark I can't quite make out even in good light with my glasses on. It's not a perfect circle, whatever it is.

SIGARMS history

"The American market was a vital part of SIG's business plan to continue to expand its market share and become an international leader in the small arms industry. January of 1985 marked the birth date of SIGARMS, Inc. SIGARMS, then located in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, imported the P220 and the P230. Two years later, SIGARMS moved to a larger location in Herndon, Virginia, and introduced the P225 in 9mm followed by the P226 and P228 in 9mm. By 1990, SIGARMS was looking to increase market share and begin manufacturing. SIGARMS moved to its present location in Exeter, New Hampshire, and in 1992, began production of the P229 in .40 S&W"

So, it looks like my pistol was manufactured sometime between 1987 and 1992

Link Posted: 10/10/2007 11:40:15 AM EST
Actually it was probably made before 1991 if it says W. Germany, since reunification occurred in October of 1990. The mark after the serial number may be a proof mark if the pistol was assembled in Germany. My slide is marked "Made in Germany" but the pistol was assembled in America, since it doesn't have any proof marks.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:19:33 PM EST
I've emailed SIGARMS to see if they can help me figure out when it was made.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:21:24 PM EST
IIRC, it's late 80s vintage. SIGARMS moved to NH in the very early 90s from what I recall. Tyson's Corner, VA is where they originally opened up shop in the 80s, then moving to Hernandon or whatever.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:22:07 PM EST
Neat, you took my advice.

P228 FTW!!
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:22:51 PM EST
You want us to meet your baby and you didn't include pics?!

Hope you enjoy your new pistol.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 12:24:36 PM EST
P228s are great. Sad to say I don't own one, but I do love them.

They are always a good choice.
Link Posted: 10/10/2007 5:50:45 PM EST
Glad you liked it. we will get togather and shoot sometime in the near furture
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 12:57:07 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2007 4:18:31 PM EST by spinaBifida]
I heard back from SIG. Here's the email:

"Jonathan,

Thank you for your email.

According the serial number, your P228 was imported from W. Germany in Sept 1990.

The circle (which is supposed to be an eagle or some sort of bird) with a "Z"...which is actually an "N" is a W. German proof mark."

If this link (www.dailysoft.com/berlinwall/history/berlinwall-timeline.htm)
is correct, the reunification of Germany took place on October 3rd, which means my pistol was imported into the states one month before. I was also born in September, what a lucky coincidence.
Link Posted: 10/11/2007 1:03:54 PM EST
-5 for no pics. Even a commercial pic would've been ok.

Nice gun though,..enjoy!
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