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    Default Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    In 1976 Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) introduced what would become the P220. It was manufactured by Sauer.
    It was the first model of the classic "P" series Sigs. It was originally chambered in 9mm and then later in .45acp and .38 Super.

    In 1977, Sig Sauer contracted with Browning to import the gun. It became known as the Browning Double Action or BDA. Browning imported these guns until 1980, when Sig decided to import them into the US on their own.

    SIGARMS was established in the early 1980's, first in Tyson's Corner, Virginia and then a few years later in Herndon, Virginia. They moved their operations to Exeter, New Hampshire in 1990.

    I've been looking for a clean BDA for sometime now and I was lucky enough to finally find one complete with the original box and papers.
    It has a date code of "HJ" which makes it a 1978. It's chambered in .45acp and it looks to be fired very little (maybe only factory test fired). It is an interesting gun as it says "Browning Arms Co., Morgan Utah & Montreal PQ" on the left side of the slide, and "Sig Sauer System, Made in W. Germany" on the right side of the slide. Three countrys on one gun!

    The gun is exactly the same as a P220, only the finish on the flats of the slide is much nicer.













    Last edited by 1blindref; March 30th, 2010 at 02:39 PM.


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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    Wow ... great picture and a great story. I love reading about the history too.
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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    looks brand new !
    nice find

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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    So is it listed as a browning or a sig? Either way pretty neat.
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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay5oh View Post
    So is it listed as a browning or a sig? Either way pretty neat.
    Thanks!
    It is a Browning.


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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    You have found an excellent BDA w/European Magazine Release. She is
    a "Keeper" for all time. Nice going
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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    shit, that's nice.


    what did it run you?

    eventually, I'm wanting to get a Browning hi-power...they shoot so sweet.
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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewjs18 View Post
    shit, that's nice.


    what did it run you?

    eventually, I'm wanting to get a Browning hi-power...they shoot so sweet.
    Thanks!

    I traded a newer P226R PME for it.
    The gun I traded was worth about $50-$75 more than the BDA, but I have been looking for one for a long time now. I didn't think I'd find one that nice again, so I did the deal.

    I've been wanting to add a hi-power to my collection also. I'm waiting for the right deal.


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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    Nice Find! PM me when your ready to sell it!
    - Big D
    I am looking for SIG ST Series pistols. Please PM me if you have one you would like to sell.

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    Default Re: Browning / Sig Sauer BDA history

    Quote Originally Posted by Big D View Post
    Nice Find! PM me when your ready to sell it!
    Thanks!
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