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Link Posted: 2/19/2010 4:10:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2010 4:17:15 PM EDT by Bansheeman6100]
P226 i just got is KF, serial# U 532 *** and made in Germany. dont know if there's anything special about it but i love it so far. SOOO much better than the G19 i traded for it

from what ive read the U code serial numbers that were produced in Germany are special or rare in some way. am i right?
Link Posted: 3/23/2010 1:38:54 PM EDT
whole thread of dates by model # and serial # here:

sigforum.com serial number thread
Link Posted: 4/28/2010 8:09:14 AM EDT
My P226 JJ= 1988  I was a freshman in high school!
Link Posted: 6/22/2010 3:40:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2010 3:51:33 AM EDT by BuddyChryst]
I was unable to find any of the markings mentioned on my P229.  There are no marking on the underside of the slide.  I changed the grips out to Hogue wrap-around rubberized grips, and can't at the moment find the originals.  Found the owners manual...would've thought they'd be right there with it...

Anyway, as best as I researched quickly, the P229 sold in the US was not assembled in Germany.  So I guess the letter codes do not apply?  The only mark other than the serial # on the barrel I found was a small "P" (no circle) on the side of the protrusion that the guide rod and recoil spring rest.  I did check the mags the pistol shipped with and they were stamped '94.  Was that the first year the P229 was out or was it released in '93?

EDIT:  based on the link on the sigforum (http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/467100822) it appears the two letters that start the serial number do, in fact, indicate the year...or at least closely correspond.  The pattern is lost by "AM."  My serial number starts "AD" which appears to be standard for the 1994 year.  Going back means AC is '93, AB is '92 so AA would be '91 (just as .40 cal came out).  But according to this article:
http://averagejoeshandgunreviews.blogspot.com/2008/06/sig-p229-9mm-one-of-most-popular-and.html  
the P229 wasn't released until 1992 and only in .40 cal.
Link Posted: 6/22/2010 8:54:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BuddyChryst:
I was unable to find any of the markings mentioned on my P229.  There are no marking on the underside of the slide.  I changed the grips out to Hogue wrap-around rubberized grips, and can't at the moment find the originals.  Found the owners manual...would've thought they'd be right there with it...

Anyway, as best as I researched quickly, the P229 sold in the US was not assembled in Germany.  So I guess the letter codes do not apply?  The only mark other than the serial # on the barrel I found was a small "P" (no circle) on the side of the protrusion that the guide rod and recoil spring rest.  I did check the mags the pistol shipped with and they were stamped '94.  Was that the first year the P229 was out or was it released in '93?

EDIT:  based on the link on the sigforum (http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/467100822) it appears the two letters that start the serial number do, in fact, indicate the year...or at least closely correspond.  The pattern is lost by "AM."  My serial number starts "AD" which appears to be standard for the 1994 year.  Going back means AC is '93, AB is '92 so AA would be '91 (just as .40 cal came out).  But according to this article:
http://averagejoeshandgunreviews.blogspot.com/2008/06/sig-p229-9mm-one-of-most-popular-and.html  
the P229 wasn't released until 1992 and only in .40 cal.


The serial prefix and proof stamping are two totally different things.  There is a pic of the proof stamping on page 1 of this thread by Growler67.  AD would actually be 03 (also in Growler's post).

IIRC, the P229s did not have proof marks––only 100% German guns did.  If they did, you would find it on the slide, under the barrel, on the "dust cover."

According to the SigForum link, the prefix AD does make it a 94 gun.

The "P" with a circle on the barrel is the barrel proof.  Something Sig no longer does.

You have a rare gun from back when Sig make great pistols––congrats!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 9:10:53 PM EDT
Thanks for the date codes. My P226 was made in 1989. On the side of the slide it says Made in West Germany.
Link Posted: 8/28/2010 6:55:09 PM EDT
Awesome... mine was made in 1990 and says Made in West Germany on the slide...still looks brand new
Link Posted: 10/15/2010 8:56:19 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 10/28/2010 9:36:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/28/2010 9:36:32 AM EDT by ACOGless]
Of my two p226s, one was a 1989 with W. Germany stamped slide, the other no markings and Exeter N.H. USA.
Link Posted: 1/22/2011 11:55:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/22/2011 11:55:54 AM EDT by SandWMandP15Tee]
My 226 which I bought from a coworker during the Clinton Preban era has KF stamped on the slide along with Made In Germany. I'm happy.1995 year of production.
Link Posted: 2/4/2011 1:41:48 PM EDT
Sig P-245 C0023XX.  Frame marked made in Germany with what looks like a triangle with curls inside a circle.  Slide stamped with what looks like a key.  Just don't want to pay Sig.  Anbody?
Link Posted: 2/5/2011 1:16:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Voodoo17:
Sig P-245 C0023XX.  Frame marked made in Germany with what looks like a triangle with curls inside a circle.  Slide stamped with what looks like a key.  Just don't want to pay Sig.  Anbody?


Falls into between two P245 1998 submitted serials on the SigForum thread...


-C001-44X-KJ-1998 = Thanks to scuttlebutt
-C007-572––––1998 = Thanks to yooper35



http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/467100822
Link Posted: 2/5/2011 3:25:33 PM EDT
i just got a 220 with the rail yesterday. There was a bit of rust on the slide and no "stainless" engravings. Says made in germany with no other engravings other than the serial number and "Sig Sauer sigarms inc exeter NH" on left side slide.

The grips have an 03 with arrow pointing to "9".

Serial number is G 359 xxx

It also has the internal extractor.

Any links to a 220 FAQ?
Link Posted: 2/5/2011 7:55:38 PM EDT
Same thread is good for all classic P series Sigs...

http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/467100822
Link Posted: 3/6/2011 5:44:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/6/2011 5:54:39 PM EDT by jwidman]
Mines not on the sigforum list My Sig P229r DAK .40 is AAU0XXXX. I got it used a couple years back and shoots awesome.

 
Link Posted: 7/13/2011 9:50:39 PM EDT
Originally Posted By duckcallinfool:
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.

So that means you have to call in for a manufacture date?

Link Posted: 12/30/2011 11:51:04 PM EDT
Interesting that Sig doesn't use an "I" in their date code, while HK doesn't use a "J".  Otherwise they're the same A=0, B=1.....
Link Posted: 1/24/2012 12:32:20 PM EDT
When was Germany unified?  My date code is KD (93) and slide is W.German marked, but I remember the Berlin Wall thing on tv around 1990...
Link Posted: 2/14/2012 3:57:30 PM EDT
My P229  40aint on the list either and I have the sale ticket with date on it
Link Posted: 2/16/2012 1:52:00 PM EDT
Well I called Sig because I dont have any markings on my new pistol the only thing I could find 10 02 in the inside of the grips again, when asked by sid for the serial number he told me it was made before 05. then he said if I want toe certificate of birth it will be 50 bucks from Germany. prices have gone up.
Link Posted: 3/27/2012 12:10:56 AM EDT
My P-229 .40 says "made in Germany" on the right side of the receiver and slide is stainless. No marks under the slide
but the serial number is AE418** so I am assuming 1995. All 5 of my mags are marked "restricted to law enforcement only".
The little clock on the mags are "98".

She's in nice shape and shoots great!
Link Posted: 4/12/2012 10:33:17 AM EDT
Are Sigs worth more if they are older or have a certain s/n?
Link Posted: 9/11/2012 7:33:16 AM EDT
Date codes are for the most part not present on sigs with stainless steel milled slides only the folded carbon slides
Link Posted: 9/21/2012 10:25:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2012 10:30:54 PM EDT by donp326]
My Sig P-220 says JG for 1986 serial begins with G139.  Bought the gun new Light blue box with proof target.  The gun lists Tysons Corner Va as the import point. Was made in W. Germany.
Link Posted: 11/17/2012 5:01:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/17/2012 5:01:53 PM EDT by TacitMayhem]













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Link Posted: 3/13/2013 1:03:41 PM EDT
Originally Posted By donp326:
My Sig P-220 says JG for 1986 serial begins with G139.  Bought the gun new Light blue box with proof target.  The gun lists Tysons Corner Va as the import point. Was made in W. Germany.

Bought mine also in 1986 first shipment into the US with the NEW side button magazine release. I have the original blue box with red foam insert and a price tag of $399.00 on it. I can hit soda cans all day long at 25 yards with this thing.
Link Posted: 3/15/2013 8:01:15 PM EDT
Cool thread.



My 228 has HK stamped along with the proof marks, so it was born in 1997. And, the slide is stamped Made In Germany.






Link Posted: 3/19/2013 11:38:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/21/2013 4:36:21 PM EDT by Ironhandjohn]
I have one of the PW Imports ex-Swiss police P226s, and it doesn't have any date marking anywhere other than under the grips. The right side of the slide has the import " Germany PW Arms Redmond WA" slide and the serial number, but nothing else. It's got the big milled stainless slide, too. The left side of the slide has the company and model stamp, as well as the Gendarmerie Vaud crest.





The frame has the German "cockroach" proof-mark on it, as well as the serial #. Did the milled slides come from Germany or were they an American product first? The date on the underside of the grips say 5/98 so I can get a ballpark-figure on when it was made.

EDIT: I found the original ad for this gun on GunsAmerica today while looking at other P226s! The ad states that the serial number range puts the manufacture date at 1996, so the grips could be later add-ons. A previous owner got a little happy with the aluminum black on the frame, but that's not a concern to me. This is one of the ex-police Sigs that either the importer or wholesaler had sent off to Black Ice for a slide refinish. This is odd to me, as it's not a stamped slide, and aren't the milled ones stainless? What sort of finish did the milled slides have on them back in the mid-90s? Since Black Ice did the slide I may send the frame off to them for a refinish, since it's only $45.
Link Posted: 3/22/2013 3:05:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2013 3:14:52 PM EDT by donp326]
replied to won thread couldn't delete ti.
Link Posted: 3/22/2013 3:07:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2013 3:15:59 PM EDT by donp326]
Originally Posted By Auggie:
Cool thread.

My 228 has HK stamped along with the proof marks, so it was born in 1997. And, the slide is stamped Made In Germany.

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replied to the wrong thread but couldn't delete it.

Link Posted: 3/22/2013 3:08:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/22/2013 3:17:43 PM EDT by donp326]
Originally Posted By PlantersNut:
Originally Posted By donp326:
My Sig P-220 says JG for 1986 serial begins with G139.  Bought the gun new Light blue box with proof target.  The gun lists Tysons Corner Va as the import point. Was made in W. Germany.

Bought mine also in 1986 first shipment into the US with the NEW side button magazine release. I have the original blue box with red foam insert and a price tag of $399.00 on it. I can hit soda cans all day long at 25 yards with this thing.


My box has a red foam liner too. the gun is extremely accurate too I agree with the "cans all 25 yard all day" statement these 220's rock.

Link Posted: 2/20/2014 10:12:43 PM EDT
if its the date on the case it says Jan, 22,2014 for my MK25.
Link Posted: 4/8/2014 12:00:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/8/2014 12:04:38 PM EDT by jdlgt90]
Just called SIG Customer service - G331 is the first part of my S.N., said his system only goes back to 2005, and its older than that.
Link Posted: 5/4/2014 3:07:26 AM EDT
I have a date code of "AL" on my P229, what date is that?
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 12:09:59 PM EDT
My other p226 starts with UU597
Link Posted: 8/16/2014 5:40:09 PM EDT
I called Sig yesterday to get them to do a serial number search for me.  I was told their records only go back to 2005.  I'm not sure I really believe that.
Link Posted: 12/8/2014 EDT
Swiss made 225.  No date code.  Under grip is circle with 82 and two dots.  One at 12:00 and 1:00, maybe Feb 82.

Proofmark is backwards capital 'B' with a capital 'P', sharing the vertical line.
Link Posted: 8/16/2015 1:50:45 AM EDT
Just bought (haven't picked up though ) a P220, W German marked slide with a KC date code (1992). I hope I am welcomed in the cult of Sigs.

First foreign pistol I have owned since my disastrous G27 experience, but I am not worried, you know the Germans make good stuff.
Link Posted: 10/3/2015 11:50:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/3/2015 11:53:17 AM EDT by SeventyGTX]
I just did a trade for a P226 and have no idea of it's age.  It has no markings under the slide, the serial starts in UU 645xxx, has a rail and came in a blue box. It also has night sights that are starting to dim, but do not say Siglite.  I cannot make out the markings on them.  Been searching all over the net and keep coming up empty.  Not sure when they started having rails on the frame or when the blue boxes were used. Anyone have a ballpark guess of the age?
Link Posted: 1/5/2016 12:09:16 AM EDT
Anybody ever seen a SIG 229 with a serial number starting with 45AO12345 before? The list on SIG forum has nothing even close to that. I do not recall ever seeing a serial number starting with a number before on a SIG. Any help with this?
Link Posted: 2/17/2016 3:08:37 PM EDT
my p245 that i just bought, starts with a C serial....any thoughts on date of birth?
Link Posted: 2/27/2016 3:34:12 PM EDT
JF, so 1985....that's when i bought it.  
Link Posted: 12/4/2017 4:46:17 PM EDT
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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.
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My 229 says made in West Germany, so I think it is older than 1990.
Link Posted: 7/3/2018 12:23:47 PM EDT
I forgot my Sig P220 info. Looked it up 1995 German made.
Link Posted: 10/18/2018 1:45:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Bradd_D:
Where can I find out how old my Sig 220 is?  The first four of the serial is G 264.
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1996
Link Posted: 10/18/2018 1:47:04 PM EDT
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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.
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2005-2006
Link Posted: 10/18/2018 1:47:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By emt370:
Hey guys, I bought my P226 used...it's U728XXX..any estimates as to date of manufacture?
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German frame made 2005-2006.
Link Posted: 10/18/2018 1:51:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By jwidman:
Mines not on the sigforum list My Sig P229r DAK .40 is AAU0XXXX. I got it used a couple years back and shoots awesome.
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SIG SAUER P229R AAU05XXX MFG 05/19/2006 E29R-9-BSS
Link Posted: 10/18/2018 1:54:19 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By nf9648:
When was Germany unified?  My date code is KD (93) and slide is W.German marked, but I remember the Berlin Wall thing on tv around 1990...
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Sig stopped making slides in mid 1995 with the West Germany markings. In the beginning the stamped out the W. on the slides and then bagan to leave it out when they used up all of the premarked slides.

Link Posted: 10/18/2018 2:05:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By SeventyGTX:
I just did a trade for a P226 and have no idea of it's age.  It has no markings under the slide, the serial starts in UU 645xxx, has a rail and came in a blue box. It also has night sights that are starting to dim, but do not say Siglite.  I cannot make out the markings on them.  Been searching all over the net and keep coming up empty.  Not sure when they started having rails on the frame or when the blue boxes were used. Anyone have a ballpark guess of the age?
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Here is the progression of SIG boxes & Cases which would make yours an early 2000's if the case is correct. Call SIG to see if they can give the actual date. FYI, they started keeping a computer database in 2005.

Color Coded Boxes mid - late 80's
Gray plastic cases mid - late 90's
Blue plastic cases early 2000's
Black Cases same shap as blue cases late 2000's
Current smaller black cases 2010's to present

SIG also used cheap boxes for some period of time in the 2000's-2010's
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