Longer Life: Browning Hi-Power or SIG P226


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bg226
March 28, 2010, 11:13 AM
I would like to know your opinions on which of these two fine pistols in 9mm would have a longer service life (round counts).

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Pilot
March 28, 2010, 11:33 AM
The P226 has an aluminum alloy frame. The Browning Hi Power has a steel frame and in its MK III guise is very strong. I vote BHP.

SIGLBER
March 28, 2010, 02:32 PM
The Hi Power although a fine weapon has been known as not being the most sturdy design. One of the reasons the SAS said they switched to the 228/226
was the durability of the pistols. Probably with the small amount of shooting we do compared to what SEAL, SAS, and so on the Hi Power would be fine. I prefer the Sigs pull, point, and shoot ability. I don't want to be worried about safties when things go bad.

silversport
March 28, 2010, 03:44 PM
...you mean the SAS used the Browning Hi Power for over 40 years and then decided that durability of the design wasn't there???...I do agree that the SiG Sauer P226 is a robust pistol but so is the Browning Hi Power...different ways of getting to a destination...I vote the current Mk III because of the steel frame and it's improvements but I have never felt shorted by the P226 either...
Bill

JHansenAK47
March 28, 2010, 05:22 PM
I wonder if they were shooting machinegun rounds through their pistols? I was always told to not shoot +P or +P+ through my hipower. I think a better question would be how they stack up to each other shooting SMG ammo and compare in their average round count to part failure.

jonnyc
March 28, 2010, 06:25 PM
I agree with the HP, due to the steel frame factor. However, unless you are going to fire 50,000 or more rounds of +P and above ammo and not think much about cleaning or spring maintenance, both pistols will probably outlast your children.

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