August 24th, 2008


kuba si

This pistol is part of the final delivery of the so-called “Kuba Pistolen” to Hoffmann & Reinhardt of Zürich. Collapse )“Kuba Pistolen” command high prices, owing to only 59 pieces ever having been made. As Vetter notes in his account, their serial numbers duplicate those used in the earlier production run of commercial SP47/8 pistols. This situation highlights the general difficulty of establishing delivery dates for P210 pistols. Most commercial P210 deliveries came with a test target. In most cases, that target noted its ammunition lot date. Many earlier targets also included the test date. For example, the test target for the SIG P210-6 numbered P 64930 lists “Munition” as 23.5.60 and “Datum” as 7. April 1970. These delivery dates are of critical interest under U.S. law, which exempts older firearms from many regulations under the designation of Curios & Relics. C&R handguns are exempt from the CA DOJ Certified Handgun Roster. As defined in Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, § 478.11, C&R firearms include all “[f]irearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof”. The same Title 27 C.F.R. § 479.102, identifies the firearm with its frame or receiver. Thus all pistols built on frames delivered by their makers at least 50 years ago, qualify as C&R under U.S. law. This pistol was assembled in 1951, but delivered in 1966, with its slide specially hardened in the interim. Depending on the interpretation of the cited statutes, it may or may not qualify as a C&R firearm as of 2008. Yet there is no doubt that it represents the original SIG P210 design in its last embodiment to date.

—The author thanks Paul Kümin for his kind contributions of information incorporated in this article. If you own a SIG P210 with a test target that indicates the date of its shooting, please send its copy to the author as an email attachment, for incorporation into this list.

saddam redux

“We had a choice here,” Saakashvili said. “We could turn this country into Chechnya — we had enough people and equipment to do that — or we had to do nothing and stay a modern European country.”

He added: “Eventually we would have chased them away, but we would have had to go to the mountains and grow beards. That would have been a tremendous national philosophical and emotional burden.”