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NIB 1993 Sig P226--Collectible or Shooter?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BarkeyVA, Apr 7, 2012.

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  1. BarkeyVA

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    I have a Sig-Sauer P-226 semi-auto that was purchased new in 1993 (KD). It is in the original box with factory papers, and it has never been fired. Should I keep it in the safe as a 'collectable' that might increase in value over time or should I give up on that idea and just enjoy shooting it?

    Replies to my post on another semi-auto handgun forum were 4-1 in favor of shooting it. What do you folks think?

    If I were to sell it now how much do you think I could get for it?
     
  2. Telekinesis

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    I'd recommend shooting it. Older German Sigs do tend to be valued a bit more by collectors and some shooters, but that doesn't really equate to much in the way of monetary gains. In my opinion, its more of a "if the two guns are the same price, go German" kind of mentality instead of people really paying a premium for German proofs.

    On average, I'd say a used (read: shot but in good condition) German Sig would be around the $500-600 mark depending on what comes with the gun in the way of night sights, mags, and other accessories. New in box, unfired, with papers, should bring maybe a $100 premium or a tad bit more for the right buyer (in my opinion). Note that I have seen NIB German Sigs go for more, but those seemed to sit a long time before getting sold.

    Honestly, I don't see these really appreciating much in price anytime soon. While it's true that they are held in a bit higher regard than the newer Exeter Sigs, there is still a fairly large number of those German Sigs in circulation so they're not really rare. Go have some fun with your gun, they're great shooters!
     
  3. dcarch

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    Shoot it.
     
  4. The Lone Haranguer

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    I also vote for putting it to work. :)
     
  5. Onmilo

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    The gun is a shooter best left as an investment level collectible.
    As time goes by, NIB guns increase in value up to 1000% over a contemporary fired example.
     
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    Down the road, if you could you buy a used but sound P226 for, say, $1000, would you instead pay $10,000 for this one?
     
  7. MCMXI

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    I bought a NIB P225 back in '95 (made in '95) and paid around $550 for it. I bought another NIB P225 a couple of years ago that was made in '94 and I paid $600. When you do the math you'll realize that SIGs, like most firearms, are not good investments if your objective is making money from them. Short version .... SHOOT IT!!
     
  8. Devonai

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    If guns could talk, this one would want you to shoot it. While a few of their owners may be snobs, the firearms are not. Make your pistol happy and it will make you happy.
     
  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    I see what you did there.

    IMO, the gun's collector value is not significant enough to not shoot it.
     
  10. rellascout

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    This is a shooter. There is ZERO collector value. They made tons of these guns back then and the are making tons of them now.

    If you find the right buyer who really values a older German Sig and has a hole in his or her collection you might get $800 for it.

    If it was a P228 which is discontinued or a P245 it might have more collector value but even those would not fetch much more than $900.
     
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    I just recently bought a mid 1980's LNIB Sig P226 and it's a rare Tyson's Corner import at that and I've already put several hundred rounds through it. I also bought a holster for it and started carrying it.
     
  12. Ian Johnson

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    shoot it! mine is an 80's made german gun, I love it
     
  13. chez323

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    Shoot it! It was made to be shot!
     
  14. BarkeyVA

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    I bought this unfired Sig P-226 from my friend a while back, and I paid exactly what he asked for it-$600.

    I consider all of my other hand guns and long guns as "shooters." I'd like to shoot the Sig, but I felt I needed a sanity check to make sure I was not making a serious mistake by doing so.

    I appreciate all of your comments.
     
  15. allaroundhunter

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    I would say shoot it. But if you wanted to, you could probably sell it for more than $600 NIB.
     
  16. theCovertone

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    I'd probably list it on an auction site just to see what it would bring in.... If you could get $800+, that would cover the cost of another shooter grade Sig + ammo.

    Someone out there might really appreciate an unfired NIB one. Not to say you should use that as leverage to make money, but yours might be an opportunity for him.
     
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    Shoot it!


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    Street value $450-$500 depending on condition. Shoot it; it has no special value as a collector's item unless you happen upon someone looking for that particular model to round out a series or S/N collection.
     
  19. BarkeyVA

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    Well, I finally decided to sell the Sig. After more careful examination (found a slight "smiley face" on the top of the barrel) it appeared as if my friend may have shot a few rounds through it. I got $700 for it. Now I want to look for something lightly used in the $400-500 range.

    What do you think about a Glock 17? Any other full size 9mm's in that price range I should consider?
     
  20. Telekinesis

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    Congrats!
    The G17, M&P, and the XDm would all be good guns to look at in that price range.
     
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    Should be able to find a Gen 3 Glock 17 for $500 plus tax. That leaves over $150 for ammo and goodies.
     
  22. 9mmepiphany

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    I think you can find LE trade-in SIG 226s for $450-$500
     
  23. 1KPerDay

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    Yeah, a really nice German SIG P226.

    ;)
     
  24. pat701

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    Take it to the range and let it do its thing, shoot it.
     
  25. Rusty Luck

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    Shoot it.
     
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