Rare Swiss SIG SP 47/8 - sn 64x0
Swiss SIG SP47/8, the precursor to the SIG P49/P210, produced in 1947, in good condition with 70% original finish. 4/5 Bore (lightly worn rifling).
This SP 47/8 has an extended beavertail, which is larger and longer compared to the other SP 47/8 we had received, and especially compared to the P49 and P210.
The overall finish is worn. Frame has moderate finish wear throughout. On the right side of the frame, there is edge wear at the forward edge and along the upper edge. Edge wear found along the dust cover, the trigger guard, and along the front strap. There is heavy tooling wear on the trigger pin. On the left side of the frame, there is edge wear at the forward edge and along the upper edge. Edge wear along the dust cover, trigger guard, and front strap. Expected mark in the finish from safety selector usage. The beavertail has spots of heavy pitting.
Slide has moderate to heavy finish wear throughout as well as mild patina. Edge wear along the upper edge on both sides and edge wear around the ejection port. Finish wear on the front and rear sights. There are surface marks in the metal noted throughout the left side slide serrations.
Left side wood grip was modified by the previous owner; the center of the grip was milled out and a grip enhancing material was inserted. There is also a 1"+ crack on the left side grip at the top of the backstrap. The right side grip is cracked along the backstrap and the previous owner had repaired it with glue.
The safety lever has weak spring tension but is still functional.
The hammer assembly and the frame have been modified. The hammer assembly is non-matching and appears to be stamped with either "142", "140", or "143". "The hammer itself has been milled and cropped and has a "commander" styled appearance. Both the hammer assembly housing and the frame have been heavily filed to fit the hammer assembly. A screw is also used to secure the hammer assembly to the frame. The trigger also appears to be adjustable.
As the serial number is within the serial number range 6059 to 6540, this SP47/8 was one of up to 500 pieces manufactured for a Swedish contract that was delivered in February and March 1948 to Sandvikens Järnhandel. We believe that this was purchased and used by a competition shooter, which would explain the modifications made to the handgun.