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sig 226 vs browning hi-power

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mr e man, Apr 23, 2003.

  1. mr e man

    mr e man Active Member

    I own a Para ordnance p-14.45 ltd wich I am very pleased with, and now time has come for my next purchase. I have considered HK usp9, Walther p99, Browning hi-power and sig 226. I dont like the trigger on the usp9, nor the ski jump style trigger guard on the p99 wich bugs my index finger. That leaves me with the 226 and the bhp. Any suggestions ? pros and cons ?
    Lets hear it guys and gal's...

    Stay safe...
  2. Admiral Thrawn

    Admiral Thrawn Well-Known Member

    I'd go for the SIG-Sauer P-226. A superb pistol.
  3. hksw

    hksw Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. This one would be a Krone toss for me.
  4. MK11

    MK11 Well-Known Member

    Tough choice. I loved the P226 from the start but the Browning took some getting used to. I've never felt a worse trigger pull. After I got used to it however, the BHP might just be my favorite handgun. Nothing handles quite like it.

    If you're looking at a new one, I'd get the BHP first. They're becoming hard to find. You can always buy a P226 (and at some point, you should).
  5. Berg01

    Berg01 Well-Known Member

    Like them both, but between the two, I would take the BHP Standard with adjustable sights.
  6. HankB

    HankB Well-Known Member

    My usual carry gun is a BHP. Get rid of the magazine disconnect (do NOT call it a magazine safety!) and the trigger improves considerably. The manual of arms (draw . . . swipe off safety . . . shoot) is very similar to your Para Ordnance.

    SIG 226's are good guns, but they don't actually point where they should . . . at least in my hands. And I never really liked the DS/SA crunchenticker mechanism.

    If you go with a BHP - and I recommend that you do - try and get one that actually says "BROWNING" on it. I've seen the ones being imported by FN, and even though they made the pistols for Browning, I haven't been impressed by the workmanship or finish on the new guns. And they have some of the most deeply engraved or stamped numbers I've seen on a pistol.
  7. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Extremely Difficult Choice,

    as you have picked some mighty fine handgun's!:uhoh:
    Although, I'm a SIG kind'a guy; I must vote for
    the Browning Hi-Power. These guns are really
    magnificent firearms, in every respect. Most folk's will
    tell you the older the Browning is, the better. But, FWIW
    I owned a BHP "Practical" model that I purchased NIB
    in October of 1998; and I'm here to tell ya' that was
    one fine shoot'in iron!:) Only reason I got shed of it,
    was cause I needed to generate a little cash flow;
    otherwise I would still have it.

    In closing, I don't think you can go terribly wrong with
    any of the choice's that you have listed! Make your
    decision, and most of all- ENJOY.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  8. Poohgyrr

    Poohgyrr Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who has a thing for full size Sigs... And no doubt about it, they are nice. But I'd definitely go for the Hi Power, just 'cause ;)...

    My favorite would be the MKIII or a Practical. Put good night sights and thin grips on it, and be happy :)......
  9. Handy

    Handy Guest

    As I've stated on other occasions, for the majority of people and situations, a good DA/SA gun with a decocker is the best choice for carry. If you have to, the gun can even be stuffed in a waistband. That's a point for the Sig.

    The BHP is an all steel gun, but not a heavy one. Mags are CHEAP, plenty of aftermarket parts and the bad trigger is easily corrected at home. Aside from the slightly old fashioned trigger system, this gun has it all. Compared to the alloy SIG frame, I would expect close to twice the longevity (rounds fired) from the BHP.

    Given the big picture of design, finish, etc., it likely comes down to whether you want more of a combat/tactical/matte black type of gun, or a more refined heirloom quality piece with pretty bluing. Both guns are damn reliable and accurate. Neither would be the wrong choice.
  10. Carry the Hk USP cocked and locked and the trigger pull isnt a problem anymore.
  11. Angelo

    Angelo Member

    Ala Dan, I don't post a lot but I read THR quite often. I never thought I'd see the day when someone asks "what's your opinion, Sig or X company" and you DIDN'T say Sig:what:

    You're right though, either gun would be great to own. I just never thought I'd see the day......:D

  12. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    If you want SA, go with Browning or a high end clone (like mauser's sa-80), or even an FEG.

    If you want DA/SA the 226 is probably the BEST da/sa I've ever handled.

    Mags are more plentiful for the bhp, but really these are two VERY good choices, you won't go wrong with either.
  13. mr e man

    mr e man Active Member

    Hmmm.... Tough one, I know.... I feel I need both. Good replies guys. Thanx

    Stay safe
  14. Bowlcut

    Bowlcut Well-Known Member

    I dont know im still a huge fan of the p99. i love its da/sa trigger and how it locks back after the first round so its a super short pull. that ski jump really isnt the problem that bothers most peoples index fingers. its the mag release. i shifted my finger up a hair, well the knuckle/whole hand up a hair and all iiratation went away.

    striker fired, so nothing to snag. slide release well molded so will not snag. tennifer slide so easy wear finish. ergonomics....i just dont see what sig has over them, the walther frames fall right in hand and feel like its part of the hand. factory adjustable sights, and backstraps. pre ban mags for the 9mm at a cost but can be found cheaply.

    Plus its a Bond gun :)

    actualy all the guns i think are good choices and ive actualy thought about getting any one of the 3 as the next gun
  15. Newton

    Newton Well-Known Member


    Ala Dan doesn't choose the SiG, World stops spinning, French win war, Oprah stays slim etc etc


    Seriously Ala, there's something about your posts man, I just love 'em, all of 'em. I reckon that you sir are THE quintessential firearms owner :) :)

  16. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    Ala Dan-

    You need to come into my office to have your head examined by a medical professional. J/K

    I own the Sig 226 and have shot the BHP on many occasions. Like everyone says you cant go wrong with either gun. Both are shooters at the range and for business applications. They are both great guns. I like the ergonomics on the BHP better than the fatter 226 Pistol grip.

    Shoot them both and pick the one you love most. Either way you will wind up with both. :)
  17. stevec

    stevec Well-Known Member

    The Sig is going to have a better out of the box trigger, but the Browning seems like a more robust and substantial gun.
    As nice as the Sig is, I think if you get the BHP, and invest in a trigger job and maybe some aftermarket grips (Uncle Mike's for comfortable shooting, Spegels for easier carry), you will become a True Believer in the BHP.

  18. mr. e

    mr. e Well-Known Member

    I have owned and shot both, and I'd have to say that although the P226 is the better gun and more accurate at slow fire targets, its fat grip requires that you have very large hands.

    My hands are slightly larger than most (I'm 6' -2" and 200 lbs.), and I just couldn't get comfortable with the 226's grip size.

    I have a P229, however, that fits my hand like it was designed just for me.
  19. agony

    agony Well-Known Member

    The SIG P226 is an extremely fine and fun pistol.
    Ultra reliable, and utalitarian.
    The P35 is prettier. Some say the P35 has the best ergos out there.
    I own both, and lean towards the SIG. Any SIG.

    Difficult choice to make until you're able to handle and fire both.
    Find a range that rents them, and go for a test drive.
  20. Neal Bloom

    Neal Bloom Well-Known Member

    I like the way the BHP feels in my hands much better than the SIG. Geting rid of the mag disconnect works wonders. Both are fine handguns and I mean fine!

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