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beerman
09-12-2012, 6:15 AM
Does anyone know when Sig went from cardboard to gray to black to blue on their pistol cases? just wondering...

tbhracing
09-12-2012, 8:37 AM
Tagged as I like the old card board boxes.

QuarterBoreGunner
09-12-2012, 9:11 AM
Interesting, well for what it's worth, they had started phasing in the black plastic boxes when I started in the biz back in early 90's. If I recall correctly at that time the only Sig models still shipping in the cardboard box were the P230s. Everything else was shipped in the black plastic.

Black Majik
09-12-2012, 9:20 AM
Here ya go, this may help:

http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9666031561/m/6160032632

PolishMike
09-12-2012, 9:21 AM
They recently changed their rifles from hard plastic cases to cardboard boxes.

QuarterBoreGunner
09-12-2012, 9:30 AM
Huh, that's a great reference thread; and I misspoke, the plastic boxes of the 90's *were* grey, not black.

beerman
09-12-2012, 12:36 PM
Here ya go, this may help:

http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9666031561/m/6160032632
wow great link. My P226 (purchased new in 1999) came in a the larger size black plastic case and my p220 came in a blue...Thats what got me thinking.

bsg
09-12-2012, 12:51 PM
Here ya go, this may help:

http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9666031561/m/6160032632


a great thread, and one of my favorites on SIGforum.

thanks for including.

stormvet
09-12-2012, 3:19 PM
Bought a P220 in 1989 came in a Blue cardboard box.
A P229 in 1993 came in a gray plastic case.
A used P220 elite S/A made in 2007 had a larger blue case.

bsg
09-12-2012, 3:41 PM
Huh, that's a great reference thread; and I misspoke, the plastic boxes of the 90's *were* grey, not black.


early US plastic cases were made in gray color, and advertised and sold in the Sig Quarterly periodical. there were limited numbers of black color cases known to be offered, at least in 1992 via a promotion by SIGARMS; see back cover of Sig Quarterly Vol. 3, Winter, 1992. the early US plastic cases were not shipped with the handguns, and apparently were not very popular for purchase; subsequently, they are difficult (at best) to find. i have a few of the black cases, and a few of the gray cases.

in 1995 SIGARMS phased out the early plastic cases and introduced a newly designed plastic case, and it was available for sale in the Sig Quarterly's accessories section. the new case was larger, with hard foam inserts inside the case that assisted in providing a better fit for gun and magazine. the color was a light variant of black. many people describe the case as being dark gray in color, yet while it was in production SIGARMS listed/described it as being black. this case may have been used by SIGARMS to house/ship new guns before it became available for sale in 1995.

there were more variants of plastic cases to follow in later years....

GunDog
09-12-2012, 7:37 PM
This is the box my P226 came in. Purchased new in 1988 at Turner's in Norwalk to commemorate my retirement from the U. S. Navy.

Shotgun Dave
09-12-2012, 11:58 PM
My new SIGs came in black plastic boxes so I'm not sure if they went from black to blue.

B16
09-13-2012, 9:25 AM
Here are some other cases that Sig Sauer has had over the years.

When the company was called Sigarms, some were shipped with the following.

This grey molded case is what I believe is the earliest plastic case sent out.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/0c5a875c.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/b2e10f70.jpg

A switch to foam interior cases.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/a064f295.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/86da7120.jpg

And the more popular blue case with foam.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/fc9207de.jpg

tbhracing
09-13-2012, 9:27 AM
This is the box my P226 came in. Purchased new in 1988 at Turner's in Norwalk to commemorate my retirement from the U. S. Navy.

That Sig, box and photo- For-the-win!

B16
09-13-2012, 9:29 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/ae891d0c.jpg

Still a Sigarms branded case, the interior foam went to a soft foam insert.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/b2a96a29.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/083bf4a0.jpg

A CPO Sigarms case with soft foam insert.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/00908bd8.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/f1fcd4d9.jpg

B16
09-13-2012, 9:34 AM
Sometime later, earliest example I found was 2009, Sigarms was changed to Sig Sauer and this marked a new wave of cases.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/472d9e56.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/96c174e7.jpg

A blue Sig Sauer example.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/892cdfab.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/24732565.jpg

And a CPO Sig Sauer exmaple.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/8b80bf5a.jpg

JeremyS
09-13-2012, 9:36 AM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=169271&d=1347503796

Dude, cool box!

B16
09-13-2012, 9:36 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/bd30cb07.jpg

And that same year, Sig Sauer made a completely molded interior case.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/11138103.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/0ab98ce6.jpg

Starting 2011 (I've seen some late 2010 marked cases), Sig switched to a more compact and sleek design. The all plastic and hard foam interior black cases.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/b538eac1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/231d6796.jpg

Ubermcoupe
09-13-2012, 9:37 AM
Awesome question/thread! Even better that there is an actual detailed answer. :thumbsup:

B16
09-13-2012, 9:41 AM
And a CPO compact case.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/0cff2f53.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/5059e3b5.jpg

And now 2012, starting with the SP2022, guns came in cardboard boxes. And I've seen one example where a 226R came with a cardboard box.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/cc35e9e3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/c3369972.jpg

And I forgot to add, but this may be a precursor to the new black cases. These cases showed up during 2009 as well, maybe late 2009? It was black and had a foam cut out interior.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/16435d79.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/6046090d.jpg

QuarterBoreGunner
09-13-2012, 9:54 AM
I've seen these cardboard boxes used for LE over runs that were diverted for public sales. No clue if that's the case here, but I have seen it before.

And I've seen one example where a 226R came with a cardboard box.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/cc35e9e3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v55/rabbit4x/1AShow/gunfire/c3369972.jpg