Glock 19 or Sig P226


SATX man
January 10, 2009, 04:12 PM
Hi I need a 9MM for conceal carry which one of the above would get and why? Would Sig be heavier cause its all metal?

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January 10, 2009, 04:20 PM
Here are your links, and those I have rented and owned respectively:

Sig 226 DAK w/ mag = 34 oz

Glock 19 w/ mag = 20.99 oz (29.98 loaded)

I really like my Glock 19C because it is so light. I have to lock it in my vehicle while on campus. During those humid summers months, I need not worry about the vault damaging the receiver, or it rusting. The 226 that I rented was nice, but heavier. I'm not saying they aren't good, simply my experience is very limited with them. I do own several Glocks and like all. Best of luck in your search.


January 10, 2009, 04:58 PM
Glock 19 Advantages:

4.75" height (bottom of magazine to top of slide)
Polymer frame to reduce weight
Shorter barrel, but long enough for good sight radius
15+1 round capacity
Grip angle improves concealability
Easy to control under recoil
5.5# pull from rest
Very short reset for follow-up shots
Tennifer finish is exceptionally tough
Genius of design is in maintenance. Anyone can learn how to take the gun completely apart to replace parts
Trigger job costs $25 for Ptooma Productions manual + a bit of polish and 15 minutes
Tons of accessories and gear
Spare parts are available off the 'net

SIG P226 Advantages
Aluminum frame and high quality
Double action trigger with single action second shot (run it like a Glock off the reset)
Very accurate
Longer barrel for increased performance and longer sight radius
15+1 capacity in 9mm
Grips may be changed

The Glock 19 is easier to carry. The overall height is less than the P226. The grip is the important part; this is the part that prints most frequently. While width does matter, the two guns are very similar such that this doesn't matter. Grip material does matter since some materials will "grab" at your shirt, changing how the clothing moves. Get thin grips for the SIG P226 (Hogue aluminum grips come to mind).

However, the SIG is a REALLY nice gun. It feels better. You will probably notice that your groups are tighter. However, for combat shooting, the difference doesn't matter. Also note that there is a higher price attached to the P226. You'll probably want night sights, thin grips, short trigger, short reset package, and a trigger job (Gray Guns is the way to go, but the work will be pricey. SIG does a decent job). These changes could be quite expensive.

Both guns are very reliable. I'm not sure one is better than the other. I believe the choice comes down to cost, fit and the level of concealability that you need. The Glock 19 is easier to hide than the SIG. Proper holster choice is essential for both guns.

Rent both guns at a range and put 200 rounds through each. At the end of that 400 rounds, you'll know which gun you prefer.

January 10, 2009, 05:28 PM
I've owned both. Both are top quality pistols. Both of mine would probably have fired 9MM size rocks if I had wanted them to do so...never any failures of any kind...regardless of ammo used. The Glock 19 is lighter and more easily carried out of sight whereas the SIG 226 is a full size pistol. I found the 226 a bit harder to carry out of plain sight and comfortably so I sold mine and purchased a 239 in 9MM. I currently have a Glock 19 and two SIG 239's (one in 9mm and the other in 40S&W). Which one I carry depends on what I'm doing, how I'm dressed and the weather. The SIG 239 is somewhat smaller than the Glock and more easily tucked out of sight than the Glock. While I do have a CCW permit, concealment is still important to me. If the police get a call..."man with a gun" you're going to get approached with weapons drawn and get a good idea of what it's like lying face down while you get handcuffed. I'll just keep my weapon out of sight and my mouth shut. I feel the SIG has a better trigger; but admittedly this is an apple and oranges comparison. I say go with whichever one you feel most comfortable with and can shoot the best. When the chips are down you're not going to be running around feeling sorry for yourself regardless of what you decide! The person posting over me makes a very good point...holster choice is critical. Do yourself a a good holster and one that is comfortable. Don't buy a top quality handgun like the SIG or the Glock and stick it in a $5.00 holster ill fitted to your needs.

January 10, 2009, 05:43 PM
This is not a fair comparison. The Glock 19 is a semi-compact 9MM and the Sig P226 is a full size pistol. The Sig P228 would be the better comparison to the G19. My recommendation between the G19 and P228. Toss a coin, you really can't go wrong.

January 10, 2009, 07:32 PM
The correct comparison would be G19 or P229.

Although you can't even compare the two though. $500 versus $800, plastic versus steel/aluminum, etc..

If you have the cash, get the Sig.

January 10, 2009, 08:03 PM
I own Sigs, Glocks, and quite a few other firearms. If I had to reduce the whole collection to one handgun, I would pick one of my two G19s - the one with Meprolight night sights.

January 10, 2009, 08:04 PM
The correct comparison would be G19 or P229.

Although you can't even compare the two though. $500 versus $800, plastic versus steel/aluminum, etc..

If you have the cash, get the Sig.
Nothing but a subjective response. The Sig has nothing over the 19 regardless that it's a few hundred dollars more. More expensive doesn't mean better.

January 10, 2009, 08:14 PM
Quite different animals---the Sig is a big heavy gun.

The 19 is the more carry-able piece---esp if you are going to carry it all day long.

January 10, 2009, 08:19 PM
SATX man: What handguns do you own right now? You may want something that compliments what you have. On the other hand if its going to be your first handgun that may change my answer as well.

January 10, 2009, 08:48 PM
Well, if you think it's subjective that's fine, but both a Corvette and a Ferrari will get you from place to place, but one is clearly nicer... and they are both in totally different categories.

January 10, 2009, 09:06 PM
The Glock 19 would and was my choice. IMHO, Glock makes the best 9mm available. 17/19/26/34 they are all best in class. Accurate Reliable and practically Indestructible.

SATX man
January 10, 2009, 09:16 PM
Right now I have a HK45 which is too big for CC

January 10, 2009, 09:58 PM
G19 and that takes nothing away from the sigs. My G19 is just drop dead nuts accurate...

No doubt the G17 and 19 are the two best guns glock ever made...

January 11, 2009, 11:23 AM
I have a 19 and like it alot. VERY hungry...will load spent brass (not kidding).

There are a lot of outstanding carry guns out there, in fact every manufacturer makes one. I would not limit myself to these two. The XD series fit my hand very well, Kahr makes some outstanding carry guns, the M&P series is very good (although a Smith & Clinton product). This is just to name a few.

Enjoy the hunt.

And remember to shoot one before you lay down the cash. The only gun purchase errors I have ever made were due to not trying before I bought.

January 11, 2009, 11:31 AM
Both are terrific guns. My first 9mm was a sig 226 w. german. I'm going to give the nod to the 19 on this one(I also own a 19). Lighter/smaller and will definitely be more comfortable for carry. Plus it'll hold 15+1.

January 11, 2009, 11:52 AM
It boils down to how much you want to spend. the glock is ok, but the sig is way better, the sig is an all metal, very accurate strong reliable pistol the 226 is bigger then the 19 but you will be a lot happier with the Sig then the glock. the 229 is a much closer comparison then the 226. others say the glock is perfection and thats it still others will tell you the sig is all the rage, they are both very capabile firearms they will both get the job done. the only thing to consider is do you want plastic or metal, the sig will out shoot the glock all day and is as reliable as any glock. it is entirely up to you and wich one you feel fits you better and are more comfortable with. we can all sit here and tell you this is the gun to buy because its the one we have the most affection and trust of. but it does you no justice to buy them on our suggestions unless you handle shoot and make your own decissions based on you comfort and control of a perticular pistol. if you really want a subjective view, ad a 1911 in 9mm when you are handling pistols. it will conceal better then the other 2 and will shoot and function just as well.

Captain Bligh
January 11, 2009, 11:57 AM
Of the two guns you've listed, I'd take the G19. Mine is utterly reliable. It is light to carry, although chunky to conceal.

I don't have experience with the 226, per se. My one Sig is DA/SA. If that is the only choice for a 226, I'd most definitely go with the Glock and a consistent trigger pull.

Sigs were late additions to my line-up. I had shot 1911s, revolvers, & Glocks for too long before aquiring a DA/SA. I am afraid I will never get used to or like the DA/SA transition. YMMV.

January 11, 2009, 12:18 PM
Nothing but a subjective response. The Sig has nothing over the 19 regardless that it's a few hundred dollars more. More expensive doesn't mean better.

everything about handguns is subjective.

if you just look at the facts, it wont bring you to a conclusion.

one is a DA/SA hammer fired all metal gun.
the other is a DOA, striker fired Poly Frame gun.

everything past that point is subjective.

on the price: in most parts of the world, Glocks are equal in price to SIG guns, some even more.
just so they can underprice them in the USA and then go around and tell the rest of the world that there Guns are the prefered Gun of US Law enforcement.. marketing at its best..

January 11, 2009, 08:19 PM
Got both. Its the 19 I carry everyday. Would trust my life to either gun. 226 just is bigger and weighs more.

January 11, 2009, 08:37 PM
I have a "variation on this theme," a G19 and a Sig P229 in .357 sig and a .40 S&W barrel. A lot of versatility there....

January 11, 2009, 09:58 PM
Both are fine weapons. This is a hard decision...

There are only 2 reasons I can think of, for me, that would make the Glock a good choice...price and the ability to consistenly fire +P ammo w/o any negative consequences (when compared to an aluminum framed Sig). Plus, the Glock might have an edge on the Sig in terms of durability (regarding finish). However, if neither of these were an issue and we were talking about anything other than 9mm, I would take a Sig over a Glock any day. Even with all of this said, I do love the P226 and believe that it just has a better "feel" vs the Glock (and yes, I just might be a Sig fanboy..). :D

Either way, acquiring either one of these weapons will, more than likely, leave you with a smile.

January 11, 2009, 09:58 PM
i personally am not a huge fan of glocks, but i would take the 19 over the sig, i am not a fan of da/sa, as well i think that the 19 would be more condusive to ccw.

January 11, 2009, 10:09 PM
i am not a fan of da/sa

Theres always the P226 DAK......

January 11, 2009, 10:41 PM
For every day all day conceal carry, Glock 19...

January 11, 2009, 10:50 PM
I've been asking my self the same question (Glock 19 or Sig 226 / 229). All I've decided is that if I go with a Sig I'll get a 239. But the Glock 19 is still calling me. It's a tough choice. For capacity and finish durability you can't beat the Glock.

January 11, 2009, 11:04 PM
All I've decided is that if I go with a Sig I'll get a 239

My wife bought one of these, in the DAK form. Its a fine weapon. The only downside would be the capacity. The Glock probably has an edge here, not to mention the finish durability factor. But, even then, Im just not sure I could pick a Glock over this gun. Its just too sweet.

I have a Sig P220 .45 ACP and a Springfield Armory XD .45 ACP. I bought the XD because of a) greater mag capacity, b) greater finish durability and c) I just wanted to keep wear/tear on the Sig down to a minimum. If I could choose only one of these, Id take the Sig as I believe that it is, overall, the better weapon. But, in terms of regular use/abuse, I figured the XD would be the better/more practical choice. This is how I feel about the G19 vs P226 argument.

January 12, 2009, 07:21 AM
I own a G19 and a Sig P229 in 9mm. Both are fine weapons, the Sig is more refined, smoother, and slightly more accurate. The Glock is lighter, thus gets carried more often, especially for all day carry. My favorite 9mm is my Sig, my second favorite is my Beretta 92. The Glock still gets carried more.

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