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Glock 19 or Sig P226

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by SATX man, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. SATX man

    SATX man Well-Known Member

    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?
  2. Geno

    Geno Well-Known Member

    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.

  3. crebralfix

    crebralfix member

    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.
  4. whatnickname

    whatnickname Well-Known Member

    Which is Better Glock 19 or Sig 226

    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 favor...buy 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.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2009
  5. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Agent-J

    Agent-J Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. Weedmonk

    Weedmonk Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. PhillyGlocker

    PhillyGlocker Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. rugerfreak

    rugerfreak Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. SniperStraz

    SniperStraz Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Agent-J

    Agent-J Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. SATX man

    SATX man Well-Known Member

    Right now I have a HK45 which is too big for CC
  14. jocko

    jocko Well-Known Member

    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...
  15. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    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.
  16. JZ06

    JZ06 Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. 1911shooter

    1911shooter Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. Captain Bligh

    Captain Bligh Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. Pulse

    Pulse Well-Known Member

    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..
  20. michiganfan

    michiganfan Well-Known Member

    Got both. Its the 19 I carry everyday. Would trust my life to either gun. 226 just is bigger and weighs more.

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