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Sig 226 ( how good is ths gun )

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Gary Brintzenhofe, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. Gary Brintzenhofe

    Gary Brintzenhofe Member

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    Thinking of geting one in 357 an 40. What is likes dislikes ? Have to orlder it so i can't touch it. So what do you think?
     
  2. jbkebert

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    My CCW gun is a p226 in 9mm. I really enjoy shooting this gun and it has proved to be more accurate than I am. My only complaint is the decocking lever. I dont have all that small of hands but the decocking lever is a little awkward to reach. I have to turn the gun slightly to reach it. Other than that no complaints here.
     
  3. DanielW

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    My professor is a die hard Sig fan and claims it's the best handgun ever made. We will be qualifying with it for our state certificate.
     
  4. inSight-NEO

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    Ive never owned one as I went with the P220 instead (given that I wanted a .45 ACP). But, from what I gather, the P226 is practically legend in terms of reliability, durability, function and form. Needless to say, the P226 has quite the admirable track record.

    Now, the P226 seems best in the 9mm variant. However, I have heard good things about the .40 S&W version. If you simply are not interested in the 9mm version of the P226, I would opt for the .40 S&W vs. the Sig .357 variant.

    If its anywhere near the weapon my P220 is (and Im willing to bet that it is), you will be pleased.
     
  5. 1KPerDay

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    My P226 9mm is my favorite pistol. I haven't shot one in .40 or .357 though.
     
  6. Kind of Blued

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    I had a 226 in .40 S&W and it is the only autoloader that I've ever owned that I truly trusted 100%. For giggles, I once ran 100 rounds through it bone-dry, dirty, and "crunchy" (previously in a New Mexico sandstorm)... on the 98th round it just barely failed to go completely into battery. That was it.

    As to the placement of the decocking lever, I thought it was perfect, but we all have different hands. Nevertheless, you're never going to need to do a "speed decock" in the middle of a gunfight, so it's really a moot point.
     
  7. rduckwor

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    357 SIG is supposed to be a hoot to shoot though ammo is pricey.

    The 226 in any caliber is a very solid and reliable pistol.

    With any new purchase, you are best served by renting one to try out before you plunk down your hard earned cash.

    Good Luck,

    RMD
     
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    I think highly of the P226 and have owned several in all available chamberings. I prefer the 9mm model over the 40/357 models; it's cheaper to shoot, much softer-shooting, and (with good SD ammo) I never felt undergunned.
     
  9. PO2Hammer

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    The P226 was always reiable for me.
     
  10. PPGMD

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    It's so good I bought two, and I am looking for a couple more.

    IMO the best thing to do with a new Sig is to upgrade it to SRT, or send it to GGI for one of their reduced reset packages. The long reset has been my only complaint with Sigs.

    Anyways as far as the decocking lever, as someone mentioned it's not something that is critical, so having to move the gun in the hand is not an issue. But if you feel you have to move your hand too much consider using your weak hand thumb. In a proper firing grip your weak hand thumb should be right over the decocking lever.
     
  11. Dan Crocker

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    Sig P226.

    Yeah, it's THAT good.
     
  12. Mayo

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    There is none finer then the P226 in 9mm for me. Awesome, and for me has better balance then say a P229.
     
  13. KBintheSLC

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    Its hard to go wrong with any Sig... and the 226 is pretty much the "standard" as far as Sig's go.
     
  14. CWL

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    Whichever one you get .40SW or .357SIG, get the other barrel so you can change calibers by swapping barrels.
     
  15. Hush

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    I think the 226 is a superb firearm. For me however, 5'7" 165, it is more of a duty weapon than a CCW. I LOVE the 228/229, but even that is boxy and top heavy. The 239 is not small enought to justify an 8 rnd mag in my opinion. I love SIGs, but I cant see myself carrying one on a daily basis CCW. Otherwise, would definately be my gun of preference for reliability, accuracy, and ergonomics.
     
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    It is a strong contender for the "what if I could only have one gun..." question. The other one would be a SW 686 for me
     
  17. LaBulldog

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    The Texas State Troopers and the Texas Rangers, carry SIG P226 in .357 Sig. The P226 was designed for the pistol trials in 1984 that were held to determine the replacement for the 1911A1. It lost out the Beretta supposedly because of cost. The US Navy Seals chose the P226, in 9mm, after they experienced failures with the Beretta M9.

    More P226 information here.
     
  18. Jed Carter

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    Buy the SIG P226 in .40 S&W and get the drop in .357 SIG barrel, like owning 2 pistols, 2 great pistols. I would add the SIG night sights, just because. I've owned mine since 2002, shoot at least 100 rounds every month, not one failure, shoots really tight groups. Little too thick and heavy for ccw, I use a SIG P232 for that.
     
  19. Janos Dracwlya

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    I had a Sig P226 a few years ago; it was a 9mm. All I can say is that it was 100% reliable. I was active in 3-Gun at that time and when I switched from my S&W 915 (which I traded for the Sig), my scores went way up. It was a heck of a gun, but I was compelled to part with it.

    I don't think you will regret buying one.
     
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    Great guns through and through
     
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    I have a CPO 226 in .40 that I haven't shot yet, I'm considering selling it for the new Glock 20SF and buying a .40 conversion barrel for it. Having one gun to shoot 10mm/.40 IMO is better than one gun shooting .40/.357 Sig. .357 Sig is harder to find than 10mm, no?
     
  22. Calhoun321

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    The 226 really handles the .40 round well. Recoil is less snappy than with polymer guns.
     
  23. JR1

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    I have the 226 with .40 and .357 sig barrels. No doubt the best shooter of all I own. The .357 is a hoot to shoot. Esp. if you get the chance to do so in a dark place!
     
  24. matai

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    The P226 in 9mm is my favorite
     
  25. FN5.7shooter

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    I have the P226 in 9mm and 40S&W with a factory drop in barrel in 357Sig then just recently added the 22lr conversion. Two frames four calibers. Great gun the 40S&W frame went 12k rounds a year for two years with just recoil spring changes. Never a problem with my crummy reloads. :)
     
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