SIG Sauer P210-8 Upside-Down 8 From Léon Crottet To Lorenz Vetter

Categories: Handguns, Collectibles
Brands: Sig Sauer
Caliber: 9mm

This P210-8 Heavy Frame, with its distinctive “upside-down 8,” was developed by SIG to fulfill an order for a Middle Eastern customer. To meet the customer’s specifications, SIG enlisted the expertise of Swiss gunsmith Léon Crottet of Waffen Crottet. This particular unit was one of the P210-8s from Crottet’s collection sold to Lorenz Vetter, the author of “Das große Buch der SIG-Pistolen” (The Book Of SIG Pistols).

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The SIG Sauer P210-8 Heavy Frame, featuring its unique “upside-down 8” rollmark, marks a significant chapter in the history of SIG Sauer firearms. Developed specifically to meet the stringent requirements of a Middle Eastern client, this model was conceived after the same client had rejected the earlier P210-6 Sport and P210-5 Sport models due to persistent issues with magazine retention. To ensure the success of this new model, SIG enlisted the expertise of Léon Crottet, a renowned Swiss gunsmith from Waffen Crottet, celebrated for his precise operational miniature replicas of classic firearms.

Crottet’s involvement was pivotal in the development of the SIG Sauer P210-8, resulting in a firearm that not only met but exceeded the demanding customer’s expectations. This model is the final pistol model officially listed in the SIG catalog, a testament to its importance and the culmination of advanced gunsmithing techniques. The initial batch of 40 pistols featured the distinctive upside-down “8” rollmark and a traditional lanyard ring, a nod to classic design elements valued by firearm enthusiasts and collectors.

Of these 40, a significant shipment of 30 units was delivered directly to the Persian Gulf Emir, highlighting the model’s prestige and the esteem in which it was held by high-ranking officials. Additionally, 9 of the SIG Sauer P210-8 were returned to Crottet’s personal collection, underscoring their rarity and value to collectors. One particularly notable pistol from this batch was later sold to Lorenz Vetter, a respected author known for his authoritative book on SIG pistols, “Das große Buch der SIG-Pistolen” (The Book Of SIG Pistols). This transfer added further historical significance to the firearm, cementing its status as a unique and cherished piece of military and firearms history. Thus, the SIG Sauer P210-8 represents a pinnacle of design and functionality and bridges traditional craftsmanship and modern tactical needs.

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