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Sig P226 is overrated!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by No. 1, Sep 17, 2010.

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  1. No. 1

    No. 1 member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Calm down!

    I know the overrated in the title of this thread has probably stir some uneasy feelings among our Sig lovers. However, I have been using Sig for a long time. I bought it four times and finally sold it the fourth time. Every time I read into some experts opinion or review it made me wanna give 226 another chance. So I did FOUR times.

    I found 226 to be extremely reliable, but its not for civilian use in my opinion especially if you are looking for light, conceal-able and accurate gun. I found 226 to be chunky, heavy and not accurate at all when compared to handguns in same class like: 92fs, G17, USP and CZ.

    It is definitely meant to be a duty gun which is intended for open carry and rugged. So be it. But that's not enough for it to be priced and cherished the way it is. In civilian market we are not servicemen. We need handguns that are light, accurate (not just combat accurate) and they should look good as well in one's collection. The later is the last on priority, but it is a deciding factor since we like to be applauded for owning beautiful things. That makes the extra buck worth it.

    Therefore, I think the hype of sig226 being an ultimate gun is just overrated.
  2. hopper

    hopper New Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    There was never any hype involved with the purchase of my Sig. I held the Beretta, the Glock and the USP and none of them fit my hand as comfortably as it did. It's not the smallest gun, but it's concealable enough for me. I shot better with my p226 than I did with the Glock.

    So who out there is giving the p226 undeserved praise or making it out to be better than it is at any of the things you describe in your post?
  3. Dave P

    Dave P Participating Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    North Florida
    Yeah, I agree. I have been thinking about selling mine for at least 25 years. Piece of junk just keeps on truckin'. Feels like a brick in my had. Jamomatic. Can't hit the barn door.

    I think I will trade it for a a glock. :D

    And this is a tremendous first post - I'm sure you will make lots of new friends this way!
  4. Prion

    Prion Active Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    New England
    I just picked up my 3rd P226 today. Still have the other 2 and 2 P220's.

    I have never sold a Sig, unlike many other makes and models that have come and gone. Some were even slimmer and lighter.

    But thanks for the heads up. I now know they suck. I appreciate you telling me and everyone else exactly what qualifies as a worthwhile gun to own.

    Next time keep it to yourself.
  5. mcmac

    mcmac New Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    229 Experience

    While I cant speak directly for the 226, I can say that the 229 I recently purchased is a nice gun. A little heavy, yes, but is as accurate as the operator:D Am still waiting for a Milt Sparks holster to arrive, so I cant speak to how difficult it will be to conceal...

    If I had four that I was not happy with... I too would make a change. No reason to shoot a gun that you dont really like.
  6. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Active Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    You seem like a troll with your first post being a basher.......

    But if your not, the 226 is a fantastic gun

    Great Looks

    VERY Accurate

    Very durable

    Well balanced

    Easy controls

    I had a CZ75..... Great gun.... but no where close to the 226

    To each his own
  7. gwnorth

    gwnorth Active Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    North Carolina
    Actually, I am not a fan of this trend to constantly shave weight from handguns. I like mine with a fair bit of heft to them - it absorbs recoil and thus aids in control of followup shots. My lightest gun is my SIG P232, and I specifically went with the all stainless version (as opposed to the alloy frame ones) for the added weight.

    2. Accuracy of "the gun" is also I think something that is over stated by many. 99.9 times out of 100, it is the shooter who is the limitation, NOT the weapon. I would also respectfully add that for a personal defense handgun, combat accuracy (whatever that actually means) is EXACTLY what you want. A gun that points naturally and has good repeatable lockup when in battery.

    3. For functional guns, looks don't even enter into it for me. Something I may want to put in a display case over the mantle, maybe. But otherwise, I am a pure pragmatist and function will always triumph over aesthetics. Although I actually don't think SIGs are exactly ugly at that - not as slick looking as a nice 1911 or BHP, but with the same sort of basic functional good looks of many a sound service pistol.

    So for the opposite of all your reasons, I would actually argue that a P226 is an excellent civilian defensive pistol. Sure, there are lots of other very good pistols out there as well, but that doesn't make the P226 an unworthy contender for a HD or SD pistol in the civilian world.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2010
  8. jeepguy

    jeepguy Active Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    i have a 226 .40 and am very happy with it. i also have a beretta 92fs and am equally happy with it. i want to add a sig 229 sas 9mm as well. i have owned 4 different sigs and out of the box they all ran right. i would not hesitate to buy another. the only knock on sigs is that they put rails on almost all their firearms. i can't even tell you how much that bothers me.
  9. rogertc1

    rogertc1 member

    Apr 3, 2008
    SIG-Sauer P225 ROCK!!
  10. jaysouth

    jaysouth Participating Member

    Sep 1, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    I sure wish someone had told me this in 95 when I bought my first Sig 226.

    Imagine having a gun that sucks for all that time. I have more favorite guns, but none are better in any OBJECTIVE sense.

    Some of us (guys and gals) are man enough to handle a sig. I guess it's not for everyone.

    Maybe you should try Hipoint. I hear they are better guns.
  11. Sigman314

    Sigman314 New Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    The only Sig pistol I have had trouble concealing is my P556!:D
    For short trips (up to the store and back) I will take my P220 Elite SS. My P229 I use for a few hours (3 or 4). If I'm going all day, I use the P232. I always use IWB but that is my choice. I can't say enough about them. Accuracy can't be beat. As with any gun you have to use quality ammo and clean your weapon. I suspect anyone that has misfeeds or FTF is using substandard ammo or has not taken care of their baby.
  12. sxshep

    sxshep New Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    I love my Sig Pro SP2022 9mm... It's my first Sig, and won't be my last. I drooled on a few P226's and P229 9mm's today at the gun shop.
  13. ceadermtnboy

    ceadermtnboy New Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    Hendesonville nc
    I agree that the P226 is overpriced! I personally think it is one of the top three combat handguns in the marketplace, but the other two are 40 percent less. Would not purchase a new one at todays asking price.. just my 2 cents.
  14. WRGADog

    WRGADog Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Brevard County, FL

    My Sig 226 Blackwater is a great gun, extremely accurate and highly reliable. Also, 20 +1 capacity is superior to most competitors. I own many guns and the 226 is one of the best. Others that do well are the 92FS, PX4 Storm,
    M9A1, XDm, Sig 220, and PPs. The Sig 226 is equal to or better than any of these guns.
  15. JDGray

    JDGray Mentor

    Sep 16, 2005
    SW MI.
    Son of a B****! And I just picked up a P226 DAK!! Spose now I oughta unload it cheap:( Since I'm not a cop and all:D

    Welcome to the highroad!!:)
  16. skwab

    skwab Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    The great thing about guns is that there are so many flavors - No.1 doesn't like the 226 - to each his own. Personally, I like just about all of them, but that's a problem in and of itself!

    But that's exactly why I rarely sell my guns - there has to really be something critically wrong for me to sell it and if I do, I certainly wouldn't buy it again. But I've only ever sold one...once.
  17. Nushif

    Nushif Senior Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Corvallis, OR
    He does present a pretty decent argument.

    Most service weapons, while concealable are a bit on the err ... chunky, expensive and needlessly large side.
    I don't think anyone here can argue that a J-Frame, for instance is the better *concealed* weapon than a fullsized 92 or Sig. As a matter of fact a Kahr CW9 is the better *pure* concealed weapon that for instance the Sig 226.
    But to the OP:
    Not everyone is looking for only a concealed weapon. Some people are in places where carrying a weapon truly concealed is more an option than a necessity and others yet do like the bulk of a gun for when they take it to the range.

    So I'll agree with the OP that there is better concealed weapons out there. But concealment on for instance my 92 is delightful that I can do it. Not my chief concern.
  18. rduckwor

    rduckwor Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    There is no "ultimate gun". Each person has to decide what works best for them. Obviously the SIG "P" line is out for you.

    You may not like them, but hundreds of thousands disagree.

  19. JohnBT

    JohnBT Elder

    Dec 26, 2002
    Richmond, Virginia
    Welcome to the board. I'd hate them too if I'd bought and sold four of them before I found out they were big, heavy and expensive.
  20. MattTheHat

    MattTheHat Participating Member

    May 22, 2007
    Plano, TX
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Not sure what to say about tries three and four, but I know I wouldn't be admitting it. :)

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