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Why no safety on the Sig 226?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by bushmaster1313, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    As the 226 can be carried with one in the chamber and fired with a strong double action pull, why is there no safety?
  2. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    You just explained why it doesn't need one. You don't accidentally pull a 10 pound double action trigger.
  3. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Because the strong double action pull negates a need for one. Its got a decocker, which is all that is needed.
  4. HDCamel

    HDCamel Well-Known Member

    The same reason there's no safety on almost all double-action revolvers.
  5. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Funny, I never would have thought to ask about a safety on a full size revolver, but somehow a safety on a semi-auto pistol seems to make more sense.
  6. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Well-Known Member

    Well, it seems everyone has already answered this question. I never needed a safety on my 226. Just decock it and your safety is that first long hard trigger pull.
  7. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    It's an interesting question to consider since I think the SIG 220 might have been the first DA/SA pistol to not have a safety. Walther, Beretta, HK, S&W and quite a few others have and still do make DA/SA guns with safeties.
  8. bushmaster1313

    bushmaster1313 Well-Known Member

    Just went and tried to operate the decocker with my left index finger because I shoot left hand.
    No problem, at least with an empty chamber and magazine and no distractions.

    In fact as I had to take my finger away from the trigger area to operate the decocker, it might even be safer for a lefty than a righty.
  9. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    Once the first shot has been fired, the hammer and trigger go to the single-action (cocked) position. After each string of fire, remember to decock using the decocking lever, then it goes back to double action. Repeat as necessary. :)
  10. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    +1 on that. DON'T EVER REHOLSTER UNLESS YOU DECOCK FIRST! But if you have range time with your SIG prior to using it from a holster, you should already have that concept down.
  11. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Here you go...

  12. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps to compete functionally with the Glock pistol, which also have no safeties (other than the trigger safety).
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Or maybe the other way around.

    The first Sauer with a decocker was the Model 38H introduced in 1938.

    I beleive the Glock came along a little later.

  14. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member


    Glock wasn't even making handguns when Sig was making guns like this.
  15. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    The fact that the P226 has no safety is actually why I consider it superior to most other DA/SA service 9mms, good classic examples including the Beretta 92/M9 and the HK USP.

    Because as far as I'm concerned on any DA/SA handgun the "safety" is the long+heavy trigger pull, a manual safety simply isn't needed and may potentially be in my way *cough* Beretta *cough*... The Sig is a simpler, cleaner design that keeps the decocker out of the way unless you need it.

    But to be fair, my father started me out with his Sigs before I fell in love with 1911s. So I've always considered them to be among the best DA/SA autos out there.
  16. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    That's one thing about DA/SA pistols. SAO pistols pretty much universally have safeties. DAO largely do not. SFA pistols...well most don't have safeties, some have it (some M&P models, all Shield Models, all Taurus, Ruger, and FN models available for civilian purchase). DA/SA have either a decocker, a safety, a decocker/safety lever, and a few have a lever that does decock and safe at the same time. I think there's more variability in MOA for DA/SA pistols than there is in all the others combined, personally.
  17. Joe_556

    Joe_556 Active Member

    4 years and 3k posts and ask a silly question like that?
  18. Joe_556

    Joe_556 Active Member

    Any slide mounted safety has the potential to become engaged during a FTF, clearing or magazine change.

    But, some people need them.
  19. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    While I'll agree, I've also seen people bump on a frame mounted safety while firing a 1911. Its a result of a poor grip, but I've still seen it happen.

    I'm personally a fan of leaving the safety off entirely, but when I do have one I do kinda like the slide-mounted safeties. My first gun was a Ruger P95 though, which had the slide-mounted safety, so I'm sure to a large degree its what you are used to. People who started on the 1911 seem to think that if the safety should have been on the slide then God would have told JMB to put it there :D.
  20. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    If you want a safety on the 226 -- check out the 226 X-Five series.


    There are 4 models in the 226 X Five line / the top end one with the wood grips (L-1 model ) has an adjustable trigger in it - where you can set it from 2.0 - 4.0 lbs...and its a nice feature. Two of the other three are also SAO ....but no adjustable trigger ....and one is DA/SA..../ they range in price from about $ 1,350 - $2,500.

    I have an L-1 model in .40S&W ....its a heavy gun / not meant for carry ...its more of a "race gun" or nice range gun ...mine is 55 oz with a full mag ( 14 + 1 rounds of .40S&W in it )...all stainless, nice wood grips, ambi safety, SAO.../ the 9mm version of the same gun is 19 + 1 rds...( same gun / just available in either caliber ).

    Its a good gun ...and if you like something a little different ...it'll suit your needs.

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