Military SIG P-49 Variations

When looking at P-49 (aka SIG 210) pistols used by the Swiss military, there are five distinct groups, with different characteristics. Today we will be showing you these differences, as well as a few features of the Swiss military holster for the P49. For reference:

Type 1: 100001-103200
High polish blue, checkered slide release, wood grips, smooth safety lever, no halfcock notch (most retrofitted), mag body in the white. First batch delivered to Army.

Type 2: 103201 – 107210
Blued magazines, no halfcock (most retrofitted) . Otherwise same as Type 1. Second batch delivered to Army.

Type 3: 107211-109710
All with halfcock notch, otherwise same as Type 1. Third batch delivered to Army.

Type 4 (aka Transitional): 109711-120500
Black plastic grips, matte blue finish (different tone between slide and frame), checked slide stop, serrated safety, separate grip escutcheons, matte blue or high polish blue magazine.

Type 5: 120501-213110
All matte blue magazine, serrated slide stop, integral grip escutcheons, otherwise same as Type 4.

10 Comments

  1. Great knowledge an beautiful guns, especially the last version. There are times I wish to be a collector. Those couple of guns I own do not qualify as ‘collection’ by any means. Just tell me how to get to those pistols; easy in States I suppose 🙂

  2. Beatifull guns with exception of strange looking slide stop which looks very unmatching, as if borrowed from another unrelated gun. lMHO.

    • The guns are still pretty and very excellent weapons for service and target shooting. I think the typical Swiss obsession with high quality machinist operations applies here. The downside is a very high price tag per unit, not including spare magazines or the holster. I don’t know about that slide stop but it is functional, something that should matter more than purely good looks.

      • “very excellent weapons for service”
        Dubious. With introduction of double-stack magazined (high-capacity) automatic pistol and polymer in construction of thereof, it become outdated.

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