9mm Para SIG SP47/8, progenitor of the P210

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Item 797995843
Location Los Angeles, CA 90046
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This is a late Forties’ Swiss commercial, satin polished 9mm Para SIG SP47/8, serial number 6675, chambered in 9mm Para, a.k.a. 9x19mm Luger. This pistol qualifies as a Curio & Relic in virtue of its age, and therefore is exempt from the California DOJ “safe gun” roster.

The total Swiss P210 military, constabulary, and commercial production added up around 240,000 units. Of these, only 896 early production pattern pistols, serial numbered from 6030 to 6924, were named and marked SP47/8, following the earliest factory prototypes designated Petter-SIG, 44/15, 44/16, and 44/8, and numbered from 6000 to 6027.

This representative SIG SP47/8, serial number 6675, chambered in 9mm Para, a.k.a. 9x19mm Luger, is one of fifty such pistols numbered from 6661 to 6710, originally delivered to the Basel Police in 1949. Uncharacteristically, it remains in high condition, apparently never having been subjected to duty use.

All SP47/8 variants were fitted with grooved birch wood stocks, and featured a Swiss cross ahead of the rear sight, the first pattern safety lever, the first pattern slide stop, and a hammer without the half-cock notch. All but the last forty or so of the 480 pieces delivered to Sandvikens Järnverks in Sweden, numbered from 6061 to 6540, featured a short barrel ramp, which was definitively lengthened around serial number 6500. The early SP47/8 magazine body also lacked a crease on its left side, which was added at some point in its production run. The remaining SP47/8 pistols, numbered from 6541 to 6924, were sold commercially in Switzerland, and tend to remain much better preserved. A subsequent SP47/8 serial number range from 7000 to 7030 comprised various factory test pieces.

The SP47/8 marking of slides of Neuhausen pistols continued sporadically into the early P-prefixed commercial serial number range. There is no clear design demarcation between pistols so marked and the ensuing SIG P49 military pistols and their P210 commercial counterparts. Some, but not all of the former omit the lanyard loop, and/or feature the loaded chamber indicator, a frame featuring a steeper trigger guard, and a firing pin retained in the slide channel by a Tokarev TT30-style cross pin staked into the slide, as seen on this pistol. By contrast, standard P49 and P210 production pieces feature the slide stop spring retained by a pin staked into the frame, a sloped trigger guard, and a firing pin retained by a Colt M1911-style sliding plate. Thus the separate serial number range from P8000 to P8900, mostly delivered to Swiss cantonal police, which started out rollmarked SP47/8, and became redesignated to P210 in the course of its production. Likewise the standard P210 production run made from 1950 to 1985 and serial numbered from P50000 to P100000, with some of the early specimens stamped SP47/8, but configured more or less in the definitive military type fashion. The vast majority of SIG pistols marked, advertised, and sold as the SP47/8, lack the distinguishing characteristics of its original late Forties’ pattern.

This SIG SP47/8 pistol omits the frame lanyard loop and features drift-adjustable sights with the front Patridge post pattern sight marked 55, a blank flat on the slide ahead of the rear sight, a loaded chamber indicator, the slide rails milled down ahead of the dust cover, an early pattern hammer action with a shoulder cut milled in the rear, a medium milled trigger with a rounded profile, a one-piece forged slide stop with a flat checkered thumb pad, an early pattern safety lever grooved on the flats, a hammer without the half-cock notch, and grooved lacquered commercial beech wood grips with a smooth back. It retains over 98% of the original satin polished blued frame and slide finish, marred only by a hint of an idiot scratch, and slight storage marks. The magazine is correct for a Swiss SP47/8 delivery, with a satin polished body of the definitive profile. The grooved lacquered grips are very well preserved as to the wood, but typically retain little of the original lacquer. All components are original and period correct for this late Forties’ delivery. All serial numbers match on the frame, the slide, the barrel, and the forged hammer action. The lack of wear on the breech and the rails suggests that this pistol has been fired very little ex-factory. The 9mm Para bore is gaging like new, at .347" go, .348" no-go; it retains mirror grooves and sharp lands, and the muzzle is true and unmolested. The pistol wears Swiss Bern pressure proofs and retains its original hot salt blue finish, unlike most surviving SP47/8 variants. The original green box remains in fair condition. You would be very hard pressed to find a better example of the first series production of the Neuhausen pistol.

I am starting this auction at $12,995.00, with no reserve. High resolution photos can be seen here. Please download and study them before bidding. Your bid implies your commitment to comply with the Additional Terms of Sale linked above, along with all applicable laws in our jurisdictions.

My name is Michael Zeleny. I have been researching and collecting the SIG P210 pistol for the past 25 years. For more information on these remarkable handguns, please see my articles. You can find my blog postings related to guns at the following links: Korth, SIG P210, Manurhin MR73. I maintain the following Facebook pages: Korth Waffen, SIG P210, Korriphila, and Manurhin MR73.

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I am open to fair and equitable trades for Swiss, French, German, pre-WWII American guns, and rare or unusual military or constabulary firearms. In particular, I am looking for late production 1st generation Colt Single Action Army, Shooting Master, New Service Target, and Bankers Special .22 l.r. revolvers; Smith & Wesson Triple Locks, Registered Magnums, and prewar Kit Guns; Winchester 1886 and 1890 rifles and 1897 riot, trench, and trap shotguns; Artillery and Navy, Mauser Banner, and Krieghoff Lugers; Mauser C96; Mannlicher-Schönauer 1924/1925, 1950, and 1952 rifles in military calibers; all sorts of Swiss firearms; Radom Vis 35 Polish eagle; Lahti L-35; Korth and Korriphila handguns; Manurhin MR73 revolvers; Semmerling pistols; or a semiauto Ma Deuce. Also looking for mint boxed Leica Vario-Elmarit-R 35-70mm f/2.8 ASPH and Vario-APO-Elmarit-R 70mm–180mm f/2.8 lenses, or new Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH and Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH lenses.
Sig Sauer
Barrel Length
5 inch
9mm Luger (9x19 Para)
Frame Finish
Slide Finish
Mfg Part Number
4.00 Pounds