Just get a Sig P226, a few questions....


February 8, 2010, 09:06 PM
I purchased a used Sig P226 on Friday, and took it out for it's first range trip on Saturday :) It is my first hand gun, and I am very impressed with it. I shot better groups with it then I did with my dad's Browning Buckmark

I am wondering if it is possible to figure out how old my P226 is without having to pay Sig Arms money and wait a week or two??

Also , I would like to buy some more mags for it. Should I stick to only factory Sig mags or are there any aftermarket ones that are reliable?

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February 8, 2010, 09:15 PM
Sorry, I meant, just got*

can a moderator pleas fix this?

February 8, 2010, 09:41 PM
Did you buy a newer sig or an older stamped slide pistol ? The newer "blue box" sigs normally have a date on the labels. I have been told that these dates are close to the actual production date of the pistol. That may save you some money.
If the sig is a west german, there should be a two letter date code on the chin of the slide.

February 8, 2010, 09:51 PM
It has a Black box that just says SIG ARMS, and doesn't have a date or anything else on it. When did they switch to a blue box?

February 8, 2010, 10:10 PM
it has a KF on the chin of the slide, what year does that stand for?

February 8, 2010, 10:22 PM
KF=95, i.e., your gun was proofed in 1995. Also, what are the first 3 digits of your serial number? 1995 P226s had numbers between U530xxx to U550xxx, according to a list maintained on Sigforum.

February 8, 2010, 10:26 PM
Congrats! For me, it was love at first sight ... :)

And definitely factory magazine. Try CDNN.

February 8, 2010, 10:26 PM
I have a p229, and I use it to shoot IDPA. I would buy SIG mags, just because the price difference isn't that much and IMHO it's worth the extra money to be sure you won't have mag issues. I have over 2.5K rounds through mine with not a single malfunction. I CC it and trust my life to it every day.. congradulations on getting yourself a quality firearm!

February 8, 2010, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the info and help! I took it to the range on Saturday and love it so far! I'm going to try to take it to the range again this weekend.

I'm wondering if I got a good price on it. It was $499 which came to $539 out the door after taxes. I guess it's a 95 by the KF date code. It is in good condition, but shows some wear. I didn't think it was quite as old as it is when I got it, but I still really like it.

February 8, 2010, 10:42 PM
So it's even broken in too! Good deal! :D

February 8, 2010, 10:45 PM
Doesn't sound like a bad deal. I got mine for 700 but it has the rail and the tritium night sights. If it works who cares if it's used..

February 8, 2010, 10:55 PM
Another question, noticed when looking for mags for sale online that mecgar has 18 round mags for the P226. I assume they would be reliable since they make the factory mags for some Sig pistols, but does the 18 round mag fit flush with the bottom of the grip, or does it stick out further?

February 8, 2010, 11:00 PM
I can vouch for the Mec-Gar magazines - they make many OEM magazines and like their smooth fit/finish. I never had problem with my Mec-Gar magazines.

Why not ask the vendor to see if they are flush fitting? They should be.

February 8, 2010, 11:39 PM
The 18s are flush. I have several of the Mecgars and they work identically to the Sig branded ones that came with the pistol.

February 9, 2010, 05:04 AM
I have several Sigs, the 226 is my favorite. The 226 you own has a pin holding the firing pin block in place. I have read and heard that this a stressed part that can snap after who knows how many rounds. I upgraded my police trade-in for less than 40 dollars- new grips, springs. and pins and have piece of mind using it as my ccw. I got a smoking deal on some Beretta 92 15 rnd mags , cut the mag catch a little higher and they make great range mags or spares.

February 9, 2010, 08:55 PM
Yeah, when I was googling I read about the pin that was changed for a spring in the late 90's. Where can I get the parts to update it, and how hard is it to do?

Extremely Pro Gun
February 9, 2010, 08:56 PM
Mec Gar makes the mags for Sig. They are much cheaper and they make some higher cap ones that still look really good.

February 9, 2010, 11:11 PM
These are supposed to be 20 rd mags for the 226 & other makes.

February 10, 2010, 04:32 AM
Midway carries the parts you will need to update. The spring and pin kit is 22 dollars, has all springs, pins and new grip screws. When you change the de-cock lever spring for the new style ( old style was prone to break ) you have to install new grips to have room for clearance. 16 dollars for that. The breach block pin in question is a little tricky because you can break the firing pin while driving it home. Get your parts and mesage me. There is a video on line that showed me how to do it. I will find it and link you to it. It is a simple DIY operation. I hope this helps.

Jed Carter
February 10, 2010, 04:42 AM
I think your title says it perfectly "just get a SIG P226". Only mistake I see is SIG is SIG not Sig. It's possibly the perfect weapon, big, ugly and works everytime.

February 10, 2010, 12:29 PM
Where can I get the parts to update it, and how hard is it to do?

just to clarify, you shouldn't "update" the pin if you are referring to changing out the roll pins with a solid pin...they are designed to be used with different slide designs.

the roll pins (there are 2) are designed to be used with the folded slide , the solid pin should be used with the milled stainless slide. you can use the roll pins with the milled slide (there are some new SIGs coming from the factory like that now) but the solid pin should not be used with the folded slide. it was an economy move, not an improvement

February 10, 2010, 11:04 PM
The kit from Midway comes with both style pins for older and newer style slides.

February 11, 2010, 09:14 PM
thanks, I'll take a look on midway. I took it for another range trip today and put another 100 rounds through it, loving it even more. I really love the trigger and feel of it :)

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