Range report: Sig P6 for my brithday (pics)


September 13, 2008, 04:10 AM
My birthday was last week. My lovely wife wanted to get me a P6 that I've been talking about for months. However, not being gun-buying-savvy, she opted to give me four crisp $100 bills with which I could buy my own pistol.

After a bit of perusing I determined that I would buy my P6 from J&G Sales in Prescott, AZ. I took the day off work and my wife and I drove up to Prescott. Seeing as how my wife drives a hybrid, it was only about $5 in gas round trip. Far cheaper than $29 to ship it. And it's a nice drive anyway.http://www.thehighroad.org/images/icons/icon14.gif

J&G was great. The salesman brought out several P6's for me to look at and choose from. They have two different grades of P6's, "Good" and "Very Good", with the VG grade being $20 more. I examined several pistols in both grades and saw little to no difference between the two. So I opted for a pistol rated as "Good".

Then something came over me. Why buy one when you can have two for twice the price? So I picked out a second one rated "Good" and said, "I'll take 'em both!" :D

For an extra $20 each I picked up a couple Sig factory P6 mags. Final price out the door: $606.

They both have holster wear and have obviously been carried. But for 25+ year old service guns, they're in pretty good shape I think.

Much of the wear is nothing that couldn't be remedied with a nice refinish, or even a home blueing kit (which I might do).

Today I finally got these pistols to the range and I must say, I was not disappointed. These pistols shot great. Both were very accurate and shot exactly how one would expect a Sig to shoot.

First, a couple targets at 10 yards. These were the very first rounds through these pistols.

Both of these targets were shot from 10 yards, about one round every two seconds. And they both do have eight hits. These pistols were accurate enough that I was putting rounds in the same holes! I was rather pleased with myself. :D

The following targets were shot at 25 yards off the bench.

The second target was actually shot first. It took me a few shots to get on target. The three in the rings were the last three in the mag, so I don't think it was the pistol but rather it was me getting a feel for the distance. I rarely if ever shoot pistols at this distance. Once I got a feel for it though they seemed to shoot as accurate as ever, as seen in the first target. Later groups were similarly tight for both pistols.

These pistols are simply awesome, and I highly recommend picking one a more up if you have the means. Surplus P6's are the best deal going today. Everyone should take advantage before they either go up in price or they're gone all together.

I can recommend J&G Sales without hesitation. Also, all the pistols I got to inspect were in pretty good shape regardless of grade. I don't want to take money from their pockets or anything, but my recommendation is to forgo the $20 fee for VG grade and just go with Good. Of course your mileage may vary, but based on what I saw, I see no reason to pay the fee. One of mine even came with a white-dotted rear sight, which isn't typical in my experience.

Finally, as a last little note, these pistols are rollmarked "Made in W. Germany". Being a history buff, I think that's kinda cool as it marks a point in our history. Of course, post-cold war Sigs are rollmarked "Made in Germany". Just one of those cool little things. :cool:

So there's that. Carry on.


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September 13, 2008, 04:21 AM
"why buy one when you can have two for twice the price"

lol dunno why but i think thats funny

Kind of Blued
September 13, 2008, 05:47 AM
They're gorgeous. I don't have a Sig anymore (sold it off), but I might buy a surplus P6 just to fill that little void.

September 13, 2008, 12:37 PM
Man, I don't have anybody locally here that sells surplus cop guns, but if I did I would have cheap pistols ductaped everywhere!

September 13, 2008, 12:56 PM
Keep in mind that the P6 was designed for ball ammo. Do not carry JHP unless you are certain that your examples feed them RELIABLY.

I carry mine with loaded up with Pow"RBall.

September 13, 2008, 01:06 PM
Mine feeds everything I have tried in it, including the floor sweepings from under the reloading bench!

The later made ones like mine (11/97 slide date) seem ultra reliable with any type of ammo.


September 13, 2008, 01:08 PM
Very nice...thanks for the range report...I picked up one awhile back and cant decide if I want to shoot it, shelf it (its super minty), or sell it. (I got mine from AIM back when they had some handpicks available for only $10 extra)...mines dated 1999 :-D
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September 13, 2008, 01:10 PM
Nice!!! They are GREAT deals. If I didn't already have a P228, I'd get one.

September 13, 2008, 01:29 PM
Love mine

December 27, 2008, 12:24 AM
Just got a P6 for myself for Christmas, came with orig case, extra mag, spare spring and custom trigger work; all for $399....presently own a sweet shooting 3rd generation S&W model 908 which I love, and a Ruger 10/22 rifle for plinking, but I have always wanted to own a Sig Sauer pistol, and this deal makes it possible. Can't wait to pick it up and start making holes in holes at the range.

December 27, 2008, 01:52 AM
Since I sold my old Arcus 94C to my cousin after she got her CWP I've been missing the 9mm caliber and was actually considering getting one of the P6 surpluses to fill the plinking and instructing void. Thanks for the report, I'm definetly on the hunt for one now.

December 27, 2008, 02:22 AM
I have had one for about a year now and it is exactly as you describe yours. Mine wasn't hand picked but it looked brand new, no visible wear and it shoots great! I have put at least 500 rounds through mine withour a hiccup. I have two P7's and am looking for a deal on a P5.

evan price
December 27, 2008, 04:04 AM
I liked my P6's so much I bought them by the case. I carry a 1984 dated one that was apparantly just fully overhauled by the German armourer. This was possibly the best deal in surplus handguns to ever come along at $259 with two mags.

December 27, 2008, 04:23 AM
"why buy one when you can have two for twice the price"

lol dunno why but i think thats funny

It's funny because we can relate. It's the battle-cry of the gun addict.

December 27, 2008, 10:21 AM
For an extra $20 each I picked up a couple Sig factory P6 mags.

Good job getting OEM mags while you could. I got one of these from AIM for $259 with 2 mags, but couldn't find any other OEM mags to save my life. I finally found one guy in Utah selling some on Gunbroker, called him up, and bought all of them.

This is a terrific pistol.

December 27, 2008, 10:30 AM
Why buy one when you can have two for twice the price?It's a paraphrase from Contact. It's funny in this context, and in the original one (the spending logic of governments).

I consider the P6 to be a great training gun for newbies. It eats cheap ammo, has low recoil, is accurate, the finish is pre-worn, has double- and single-action settings and a visible hammer (great for getting the trainee to visualize what is happening when the trigger is pulled), and it "looks like Jack Bauer's gun", which is frivolous, but is apparently a plus for some novice shooters (after being told this several times, I am forced to admit that it does make an impression on people, for whatever reason).


December 27, 2008, 11:01 AM
Who makes holsters for it?

December 27, 2008, 04:52 PM
I got an OWB Don Hume holster for it that I really like and is easy to conceal with a shirt untucked.

December 27, 2008, 06:54 PM
Thanks for the Notice about J&G. I've been contemplating the road trip for a while, I saw the P6's in the Shotgun News but thought I should buy the kids gifts first...

my wife just loathes my glock, she'll never use it. I thought the Sig might be a good idea for her range gun but she thinks 9mm is for gangsters :rolleyes:

i might just get one for me, and stick her with the .38 super. :)

January 1, 2009, 01:23 PM
I thinking about picking up one or two of these for in-vehicle. Other than J&G Sales, can someone recommend another good mail order outfit that sells them?

January 1, 2009, 08:05 PM
Excellent range report....Thanks!!!

January 1, 2009, 08:35 PM
Who makes holsters for it?

anyone who has a Sig p225 holster. (its the same gun)
supposedly Sig 228 holsters will work too. (slight dif in barrel length)

i just picked up a Sig 220. old sigs rule!

January 2, 2009, 06:12 AM
I've been considering one of these mag prices and availability are the thing keeping me from purchasing one. The one i looked at only came with one mag and by the time i drop $40 a pop for a few extra mags the deal loses some of its sweetness. I may still get it yet.

January 18, 2009, 09:14 PM
Finally got my Christmas P6 to the "Range"....This is the first mag through that beauty at 7 yards: http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/herdoyuy/P1010125.jpg....shooting one shot approx every 2 seconds....no jams or problems firing about 100 rounds of S&B FMJ and some Fiocchi JHP...This made in West Germany classic shot way better than I am able to right now, but I am going to enjoy working on that problem with this fun shooter....This weapon definately was a pleasure to shoot, in fact, it was all I expected it to be and more.....If I see another one in this kind of condition, I will jump all over it!!! http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/herdoyuy/P1010127.jpg ....what a gorgeous piece! http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y19/herdoyuy/P1010128.jpg

January 18, 2009, 09:39 PM
Who makes holsters for it?
Mine fit fine in my P220/226 holsters.

January 18, 2009, 10:35 PM
Congrats, you now own one of the shooting worlds sweet little secrets. Let me tell you a few more. They are wonderful guns, They WHERE make to work with JHP ammo, as a sig is a strait line feed from the mag. The only ammo that you have to be careful with is the hot +p or +P+ ammuntion. IN SOME P225s the hot ammo will cause the slide to cycle to fast and cause a malfunction. These ammo issues can all be addressed by following a simple handgun rule. TEST YOU GUN WITH EACH AMMUNITION!!!!!!
Now the big seceret. Call Sig they have a refit / refinish program which last time I checked was 125$ this applies to even the oldest sigs! It includes a compleat refinish, NEW NIGHT SIGHTS, and an armorer level refit. Well worth the money.
As for holsters sigs like glocks will fit most any holster made made for their brand. To be more specific if the holster will fit the P228, P229, the it will fit the P225/ P6 in some cases you may have to tighten tension screws.
Good luck you have a freind that will last forever.

January 19, 2009, 09:52 AM
Can someone tell me if a P6 is smaller or more concealable than a Makarov?

January 19, 2009, 11:02 AM
Test your JHP ammo! My step dad got a P6, and we took it out and put about 70 rounds through it. 1 box blazer aluminum and some leftover WWB JHPs I had. Almost every round of the WWB would jam in the feed ram. The blazer shot flawless. The P6 is very accurate though.

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