Used Sig P226


March 31, 2007, 01:20 PM
Looking at a 'certified' used Sig P226 at a local Gander Mtn. Serial # is U565731. No Rail (which I really don't care about). One Mag. Minor holster wear, but other than that, the internals & action are in excellent condition. I talked to the gunsmith that went over the gun & test fired it. He said they got a batch of these in recently. From what I can gather about the S/N, this is a US Navy model. Anyone know how to date this gun? Normally, they had them listed at $399, but there's a special sale going one for $50 off any used gun. The smith thought at $399 it was a good deal, but at $350 it's a great deal. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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March 31, 2007, 01:23 PM
Buy it now.

March 31, 2007, 03:43 PM
Buy it now.

This message coming from a guy that was happy to pay $500 for his Sig-CPO W. German 226 last year.

March 31, 2007, 03:45 PM
+1000 Buy It ASAP!!

March 31, 2007, 03:51 PM
I have a used 226 I got for $450.00, + $20.00 shipping, + a $20.00 FFL fee, total of $490.00.

Your deal is much better than mine was, based on my experience, you better BUY IT NOW!!

This is an outstanding price.

March 31, 2007, 05:06 PM
Yeah, it's a good deal. I bought an old West German 226 a year ago for $369 + 3% credit card fee + $25 shipping + $25 transfer. So, about $425.

It's a bit rough and rattly, but feeds and shoots absolutely anything I feed it. And it's also accurate and easy to shoot.

I added a stainless steel guide rod, some Hogue grip panels (which I do not like), some allen-wrench grip screws (which are a waste of money), an extra Mec-Gar 17-round mag (which is perfect) and a Sig parts kit, in case anything needs replacing.

I trust the gun enough that I'm considering buying another to keep it company. Although it doesn't fit my hand as well as some other 9mm models, I shoot it well and trust it completely. It's also extremely easy to take down and clean.

I am of a Glock mentality, valuing simplicity and reliability, but cannot live with the short trigger. Sig has the true double-action, and that makes the difference for me.

March 31, 2007, 05:07 PM
Have you bought it yet

March 31, 2007, 07:02 PM
Thanks for the advice! Just got home from putting it in layaway. They had 4 of them (Gander Mountain Flint). I had the Gunsmith help me pick out the best one. 2 of them were marked 'Made in W. Germany'. Mine is just marked 'Made in Germany', so I assume it's a little newer. One of the West German ones was very clean on the outside & had Pachmayr grips, but the one I picked was in better shape internally & operated a smooth as silk.

(I was incorrect with my comments earlier - the $50 sale is not going on right now, but they said it will be within the next few weeks.) If I wait to get it out of layaway until then, it'll be $349 + tax. Great deal!!!

March 31, 2007, 09:14 PM
I have the west german model also and love it. and i just found out how old mine is. It has codes underneith the slide. mine was manufactured in 86

Sig Sauer Date Codes:

A = 0
B = 1
C = 2
D = 3
E = 4
F = 5
G = 6
H = 7
J = 8
K = 9

so just take the two letters and you have the date of manufacture.
and good luck with your new sig.

April 1, 2007, 12:31 AM
+1 what everyone has been saying. That's a great price -- jump on it.

If it's a German manufactured gun, it will have the German two letter date code on it. US manufacture lacks that, though I think there were some transitional models where some components were still German, rest were US, etc.

April 1, 2007, 06:20 AM
Thats a great deal. I would jump on it ASAP!

April 1, 2007, 07:38 AM
Buckeyeman: are you sure that was a CPO? Did it have the blue CPO band around the grip?

CPO's come with 2 mags. Sometimes Gander incorrectly specs these as 1 mag.

Gander always prices CPO's ~$550, and used non-CPO's at $399. If those are CPO's that's a stellar deal. Where is this Gander Mtn? :evil:

April 1, 2007, 08:50 AM
I called & asked. You are correct. It wasn't a 'Sig CPO', but rather a 'Gander Mountain CPO'. They did have a 'blue band' version for $599. Do you still think $399 is a good deal? Anything I sould look out for?

April 1, 2007, 09:15 AM
The other gun I was looking at was a CZ75-BD (New) for $489. Do I go for the new CZ or the 10+ year old sig with some character wear for $90 less? Opinions? (I thought the Sig was still a better deal, even at $399.)

April 1, 2007, 09:37 AM
I prefer the SIG.

Yes, I do believe $399 is a good deal, and $349 is better still! All the $399 SIGs I've seen at my local Gander Mtn's are "well loved" and have very little finish left. I prefer CPO's because many of them are refinished, and they are resprung as necessary.

That said, last month I bought a non-CPO leo-tradein SIG P228 for $449. IMO it was a great deal; very good condition 1993 W. German model that was tight as a drum. A little finish wear, mostly superficial scratches here and there. I ended up sending it back to the factory to get the Sig Service Plan (night sights, new springs all around, complete detail strip), refinish the slide in nitron, and an action package. It'll be good as new when I get it back. I thought the old girl deserved it, since my first magfull went into one ragged hole in the evil paper badguy at the range :D

So yeah, nothing wrong with a $399 SIG. A good deal is what you're happy with, not what we tell you is a good deal. If you like SIGs, and its in good shape, go for it. If you like CZ's, go for that. Have fun, safe shooting, either way.

April 1, 2007, 09:48 AM
That is low for a Gander Mountain price. A local gunshop was selling an used P226 for $550.00. Did Sig give you a history on that serial number?

April 2, 2007, 10:19 AM
Crap, even if that 226 is completely worn out, you could send it to Sig for $129 (I think) and they'll inspect it, replace all the springs, and install night sights - and it'll still be cheaper than the CPO gun! :)

April 2, 2007, 01:28 PM
Buy it immediately!!

April 2, 2007, 06:54 PM
Thanks to all who responded. Just got my gun out of layaway. I called Sig to get the Mfg date - 1997. All the others were of W. German vintage. I think I got a great deal.

Ric in Richmond
April 3, 2007, 09:23 AM
I got one from Gander about 2 months ago.

226 no rail, marked Germany. Holster wear. (call it character or patina!) Insides were perfect. Gun expert friend of mine said it might have been qualified with, but not much more. Called Sig and they said it was a 2000 sold in 2001 model.

I like the fact that I really don't have to worry about scratching it.

Shoots great. I have about 700 through it now and never even a cough with it!!!


Can't beat that.

The $50 deal usually is for used guns that end in 7 if you read the Gander ad. The same sale went on just after I bought mine.

Neighbor of mine bought a 225 same day for same price $399.00, but he has small hands so the 225 is better for him.

I may go back and get one of the 225 for easier concealment.

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