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SIG-Sauer P228
As requested, a three-stud wide handgun with moving slide separate from barrel and recoil spring guide.
About this creation
To those interested in directions:
"Richard" has been kind enough to create a LDraw file (attached at bottom) that can be used as a reference for building your own P228. Since I never had directions to provide him with, it isn't exactly the same - but it's very close! To view it, you need to download the free software LDraw which can be found at After installing LDraw, I suggest you download and install MLCAD for an improved user interface.

Be sure to thank Richard in your comments!

Please note that I have not used LDraw or MLCAD except to view this model. I cannot provide support for either of these programs.

The Swiss firm of SIG began making high quality pistols, rifles, machine guns, and submachine guns in 1853. Their first pistol, the SIG P210, was adopted by the Swiss military in 1944, however it did not sell very well outside of Switzerland due to its high price. The slow, precise techniques used in its manufacture had taken their toll on the price tag, and, though renowned for its accuracy, the P210 just wasn't attractive to most. However, its Browning-Petter locking system set a foundation for SIG's later automatic pistol designs.

Browning-Petter locking, the patents to which SIG had bought, works by having the rear portion of the barrel enlarged and squared off so as to fit perfectly into the ejection port of the slide. When the weapon is fired, the barrel and slide travel back together for several millimetres. Then, a sloping cam on the bottom of the barrel hits a corresponding cam in the frame, pulling the barrel down and unlocking it from the slide. The slide itself then continues on its journey rearwards, extracting and ejecting the spent casing as it goes. When it returns, the barrel moves back into position to accept the next round.

This locking system was utilised in SIG's next handgun series, the P220 series. These pistols had the excellent quality of the P210, with a somewhat less shocking price tag. One of the pistols in this series, the SIG P226, was tested by the US military along with the Steyr GB, the HK P7M13, the Ruger P85, and the Beretta M92, and was found to be somewhat superior to the winning competitor, the Beretta, but lost out due to the high cost of spare parts. The smaller but similar SIG P228 did get a order from the US Army as the Pistol, Compact, M11, but by this time the 220 series had proved itself around the world in the hands of police, special forces, and Switzerland's own military. Excepting the DAK models, SIG 220 series pistols are DA/SA, and have decocking levers on the left sides. It should be noted that SIG is usually referred to as SIG-Sauer because of their relationship with the German firm JP Sauer & Son, which is the manufacturer of the SIG designs. SIG has their weapons made in Germany to get around the strict Swiss export laws regarding firearms, Nevertheless, SIG is the sole designer of SIG-Sauer weapons.
Picture of a SIG P228 firearm

My own pistol, a P228, answers several requests made in respect to my P9S. First, it is three studs wide, with a barrel and recoil spring guide protruding from the front of the gun when the slide is back. In the P9S, the barrel was an integral part of the slide and traveled with it, leaving a large and unrealistic open space at the front of the gun when the slide was pulled back. My P228 also has a larger removable magazine than the P9S and a moving trigger, a first for me. Enjoy, and tell me what you think.

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Building instructions
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  August 10, 2017
is this a 3D printing instructions because i thought it would be on lego digital designer can you fix that it would help a lot of people that do not have a 3D printer
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  July 30, 2017
guns guns guns!:D
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  July 23, 2017
Could you please send me the instructions at... uh, I mean... CONGRATS on making MOTD with this nicely detailed piece. Hard to believe it was posted 11 years ago.
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  July 23, 2017
Beautiful piece! Congratulations on MOTD!
  July 10, 2016
Can you send me the instructions,please?
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  August 23, 2014
can you email it to me please thanks
  January 5, 2014
Could you please email me instructions... thanks
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  June 9, 2013
Could you plz send me the instruction to
  January 1, 2013
Could you please send me the instruction, thank you and have A Merry Christmas
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  March 6, 2012
Can you send instructions to Thanks. Love the gun
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  March 6, 2012
Can you send instructions to Thanks. Love the gun
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  December 3, 2011
cooool! could you please send instructions to
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  August 28, 2011
this is awesome. i downloaded LDraw etc and i right clicked and downloaded the file. but there is only 4 steps and there was also an error box. if you have any advice i would be happy. if notcan you send me some easier way of looking at the tutorial?
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  July 26, 2011
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  May 28, 2011
Wow, and excellent gun, it looks awesome.
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  December 17, 2010
It's good to see the blueprints I made on here! What's not so good is confused visitors. I'll try to help: 1) Follow the instructions above for downloading and installing MLCAD and LDraw, and 2) Instead of left-clicking the link to the MLCAD project file, right-click it and select 'Save Link As' (or 'Save Target As', or whatever equivalent it is your browser uses), and save the file. You can open the .mpd file with MLCAD after you've downloaded it.
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  October 23, 2010
This is an awesome gun. Good Job. But could you please post a pictures instead of a link for the tutorial? I can't find the download that you showed, and it would be less of a hassle if you just posted pictures straight from the program. Just email the pictures if you take them to
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  January 12, 2010
how do u download the instructions because i tried and it pops up with script not the download
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  August 27, 2009
can i get the instructions,ldraw doesn't work on my computer
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  July 28, 2009
Dude! Send me some directions to
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  July 1, 2009
What an AWESOME lego project! We love Sigs in our house and I love legos! Could you please send me instructions? I would greatly appreciate it.
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  June 6, 2009
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  May 9, 2009
Fantastic job, how long did it take to create it. Please send me instructions, I would like to build one for my office. Regards, Dan McConnell
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  May 2, 2009
dude this is so cool. plz i beg you plz send me instructions
  April 11, 2009
oh and that was a reqwest i think your p228 is so cool
  April 11, 2009
can you make a desert eagle with a slide back top and a removable clip!!!!!
  April 11, 2009
PLEASE SEND ME INSROCTIONS all lower case letters
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  March 22, 2009
NIICCEE,send me the instructions at!
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  February 14, 2009
you could hold up a store with that its awesome does it fire anything?any way its really realistic i know my handguns quite and i must say that you've got it spot on especially the trigger guard if you could make instructions that would be really good ill give you trigger and firing mechanism instructions in exchange. if you could make instructions make a page of it or email it to me my email is thanks 5stars!
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  August 27, 2008
thats a really nice sig sauer. very realistic. please review my guns.
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  July 29, 2008
wow very good, can you send me the instructions to
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  July 28, 2008
this thing is the best I ever seen. please send me instructions. thanx
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  June 6, 2008
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  April 22, 2008
Sweet!!! Do you think you could send me instructions?
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  October 5, 2007
please send me instructions
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  July 19, 2007
send me insructions at
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  June 4, 2007
Pretty cool, except for the fact that it doesn't actually shoot. Good work on the written history of the actual gun, though.
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  December 20, 2006
youre mean! anyway, i can make it just using the pictures.but... it is pretty good.
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  September 4, 2006
Nice job. Sorry I didnt look close enough, At first the grip looked too thin to house that wide of a magazine. Great job! The P228 is one of my favorite pistols. Keep up the good work.
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  August 7, 2006
Awesome, as always. I'm a writer, and I saved this as a favorites page in case, along with other modes of research, I ever need to reference the appearance of any of these guns casually. And to Ben Walters...he DID incorporate the magazine into the gun, which is why he specifically made a three-stud pistol unlike the two-stud Walther which could not have a real magazine load. This guy thinks ahead; he clearly knows what he's doing as an engineer, lol.
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  June 25, 2006
You are the king of the making im the king of rating.. we can go places LOL:)
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  June 1, 2006
once again, one of the best gunreplicas i've seen, hmm, grip is good,love the way the barrel is, ejection port is shockingly realistic, clip is once again, upgraded, hammer, great, no pic of the sights??, ah well, anyway, sweet sig, hoping to see even more mocs :)5/5
Robert P.
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Vincent van Zwet
  May 31, 2006
Very sweet. Awesome job. Can you post, or send me a crossection of the slide mechanism?
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