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1911whore
10-03-2007, 10:33 AM
Just getting ready to get a 226 in 9mm. let me know what your thoughts are. good, bad, indifferent. Functionality, accuracy etc.

Shane916
10-03-2007, 10:39 AM
Standard issue for Sac Sheriff's :)

Superb gun, I bet you will enjoy it.

Cato
10-03-2007, 10:42 AM
The p226 9mm is the finest pistol ever. It extremely accurate, reliable, and well designed. The trigger is awesome. I love the fact that it doesnt insult me with an external safety. It's worth twice what it goes for.

STAGE 2
10-03-2007, 10:44 AM
Its simply one of the finest double stack DA/SA 9mm available today if not the finest.

EricCartmann
10-03-2007, 10:49 AM
only thing better is a Sig P229 .40 ;)

Shane916
10-03-2007, 10:51 AM
only thing better is a Sig P229 .40 ;)

I believe you meant to say P220 .45 :D

EricCartmann
10-03-2007, 10:55 AM
I believe you meant to say P220 .45 :P

I would have said that but a P220 is single stacked 45. 50% more rounds in a P229 40 ;)

ivanimal
10-03-2007, 10:55 AM
The 226 has prompted me to buy 3 more Sigs so far. You cant go wrong with this gun.

8200rpm
10-03-2007, 10:58 AM
It's simply awesome. I bought a well-worn, police trade-in back in 1997; mine was originally made in West Germany in 1991. Police holster wear gives it a lot of character. I've put around 2K or 3K rounds through it without ANY malfunctions.

The DA pull is smooth, but can be improved by a guy like Bruce Gray http://www.grayguns.com/. The SA pull breaks clean, glass rod. DA/SA transition nor the trigger reset bothers me. I just don't notice it when shooting it under time pressure.

When the U.S. Gov was looking for a replacement for the 1911A1 (JSSAP Pistol Trials), IIRC the P226 was the only gun that went 15,000 rounds without a stoppage. Beretta had one (MRBS) which was within acceptable criteria. And, SIG actually underbid Beretta in cost. But SIG, unlike Beretta, was unwilling to open production here in the States.

Here's mine after sitting in my case for a week, after I put her away dirty after 6 stages of USPSA in 104 degree heat. Don't panic; ALL the rust rubbed right off with CLP. I don't recommend letting dirty guns sit in cases.

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/1842/reducedaz6.jpg

My point is, she ain't no safe queen. I bought her so I can crack the whip and to put her to work. She's a workhorse and a damned fine one at that.

supersonic
10-03-2007, 11:17 AM
I LUUUUVE my P226 .357 SIG because of the obvious SIG standard of excellence, but it's two guns in one: I just swap out my .357 BBL w/ my 226 .40S&W BBL and there I is!!!!!!!!!!!!:cool2:

Slatavus
10-03-2007, 11:29 AM
I love my 226 9mm. Great gun, reliable and accurate (much more so than me).

The only thing that is a little odd is the feel of the recoil of 9mm in general. It is hard to describe but feels almost like a "wave". I shot my buddies 220 in 45 and really like the crispness of the recoil. It feels much "snappier" if that makes sense.

My next gun is going to be a 45 though I am going a different route and getting a SW625 revolver for the caliber. Will probably end up getting a 220 down the line as well.

So back on topic, the 226 is fantastic and I still do not regret the purchase.

savasyn
10-03-2007, 11:35 AM
only thing better is a Sig P229 .40 ;)

+100 on the Sig 229 in .40!!

I also have a 220 in .45 and much prefer the 229, especially for the trigger pull. The trigger is why I'd been trying to sell my 220 for a while now.

I've since tried my friend's 226 that had a cleaned up trigger and it was quite nice, so I'll keep the 220 and have it worked on.

These are small nit picks, though. Sigs are AWESOME!!

Miltiades
10-03-2007, 11:39 AM
I've had a P226 in 9mm since the late 90s, and it has been an excellent gun. I shoot it at the range every couple of months. Mine is in factory electroless nickel finish, made sometime in the early 90s.

The gun was designed for a 15 round magazine, and the use of a 10 round magazine in CA wastes a lot of available space in the grip. I guess for a range gun it doesn't matter, but for a defensive gun you'd like to have the full capacity. Otherwise you'd pick a smaller and more concealable gun designed for a 10 round magazine, I think.

Fortunately my P226 came with the regular capacity magazines.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/SigP22616.jpg

SemiAutoSam
10-03-2007, 11:44 AM
The SigSauer P226 with its 15 round Magazines and the 20 round magazines I have owned for the last 15+ years makes me feel very confident in its capacity and its accuracy.

In comparison I only have 12 round Mags for my SigSauer P229 in 40SW. which is a very accurate pistol as well.

I give them both two thumbs up.

you cant go wrong with a SigSauer.

pepsi2451
10-03-2007, 11:52 AM
I love my p226. I don't think I have ever heard anything bad about them.

aca72
10-03-2007, 12:02 PM
SIG Sauer P226 is the top dawg!

Stamped vs Milled (http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/2241027301)

Stormfeather
10-03-2007, 12:03 PM
+100 on the sig 226! I purchased one from a old retired leo, he had it sitting under his farm truck seat for 3 yrs. When he pulled it out, I nearly changed my mind! dirty, rusty, bublegum, soda, beer soaked. . . just looked nasty overall. Took it home, cleaned it up, threw away the holster, and it shoots like a dream! Looked worse than the one poster whos sig had rust! I love it now though! Came with 3 "original compacity " mags too!

chiefcrash
10-03-2007, 12:20 PM
only thing better is a Sig P229 .40 ;)

+1 with the light rail

my sig is hands down the finest handgun i've ever owned

Iknownot
10-03-2007, 12:50 PM
I don't think you're going to find too many people with a 226 or sigs in general with anything bad to say about them.

I have liked every sig I have ever gotten to try out at the range.

BTW, try out a 225 (p6) before you decide. I personally think it is the best 9mm sig has made. (out of their normal line up of pistols. I've never had a chance to try any of the fancy ones).

cobra198
10-03-2007, 12:57 PM
Gotta love the 226. A good friend of mine has one and I have put many many rounds through it. I have no complaints, and neither does he. Great smooth trigger, never had any problems what soever. I must say its probably one of my favorites. Im planning on picking one up in the near future. You cant go wrong with a 226!

Citadelgrad87
10-03-2007, 1:04 PM
Just getting ready to get a 226 in 9mm. let me know what your thoughts are. good, bad, indifferent. Functionality, accuracy etc.

My favorite 9mm.

Ergonomic, goes bang every single time I have wnated it to.

It's a bit large, but that's my only gripe.

aplinker
10-03-2007, 1:29 PM
I would say this...

I have both a 226 and 229. I tend to shoot the 229 more. I love the balance of it.

Probably my only regret on either is I didn't pick one up in .40, so I could do the .357/40/9mm trick in one gun.

They're so much fun to shoot.

neomentat
10-03-2007, 1:55 PM
I have a P226 in .40, what do i need to shoot 9mm out of it?

EricCartmann
10-03-2007, 1:58 PM
I have never seen a thread where everyone agrees! It is unanimous, Sig Rocks! :D

TannerBoyl
10-03-2007, 2:31 PM
I personally love the P226. I think it fits my hand very well and points naturally. I've never had any mechanical problems with any of my SIGs and all have functioned reliably.

If you are buying used there are two slide materials: stamped carbon steel (older models) and machined stainless steel (newer models). If you are buying new, then you'll get a machined stainless steel slide. If you are buying CPO or used, then you could end up with either. Different people prefer different things. Some say that the older stamped slides are better balanced and feel better. Others say that the newer machined slides are stronger will last longer. I would take opinions with a grain of salt. Both are very well balanced and are strong enough to handle +p loads.

Being that you're a 1911whore :D, you may not like the Double Action trigger or the transition between DA & SA. The SA trigger isn't as nice as a decent 1911. After training with the P226, you'll feel more comfortable with the transition and trigger pulls. The grip isn't as nice as a single stack P220, but if you have large hands it doesn't seem too bad.

Good luck with your search. I hope you find what you need!

smokycuh
10-03-2007, 2:34 PM
i've got a P228 and it's the most accurate pistol out the box i've ever shot. Only thing that my parallel it's accuracy might be a kimber or colt.

krim
10-03-2007, 3:02 PM
i've got a P228 and it's the most accurate pistol out the box i've ever shot. Only thing that my parallel it's accuracy might be a kimber or colt.

i'll +1 that.:D

SemiAutoSam
10-03-2007, 3:23 PM
Well here is how it works.

The P229 40SW that I own has magazines marked 40SW/ 357Sig. TO convert this to 357Sig you only need a 357Sig Barrel.

To convert the pistol to 9mm you need the 9imm mags and the 9mm barrel.

My pistol uses all 3 calibers and I have tons of mags.

I have a P226 in .40, what do i need to shoot 9mm out of it?

timmyb21
10-03-2007, 4:04 PM
Sig Sucks! They take up all my money. I have a 226 in 9mm, a 220 .45, and am looking to get a 2022 in 9mm also. Horrible people to make such wonderful products that I contemplate selling my other guns to buy theirs.

sammy
10-03-2007, 4:17 PM
Sig Sucks! They take up all my money. I have a 226 in 9mm, a 220 .45, and am looking to get a 2022 in 9mm also. Horrible people to make such wonderful products that I contemplate selling my other guns to buy theirs.



I second that, but I know I have the most accurate sig in the house! X-Five 9mm, but I do live my 220R just as much.
5204

neomentat
10-03-2007, 5:19 PM
Well here is how it works.

The P229 40SW that I own has magazines marked 40SW/ 357Sig. TO convert this to 357Sig you only need a 357Sig Barrel.

To convert the pistol to 9mm you need the 9imm mags and the 9mm barrel.

My pistol uses all 3 calibers and I have tons of mags.

I have the 20lb recoil spring, do I need to switch to the lesser spring when shooting the 9mm?

SemiAutoSam
10-03-2007, 5:27 PM
No you need the 9mm mags.

The 40SW mags will also handle 357 Sig but not 9mm.

This is according to a book I have from SIG.

I have loaded my P226 20 round 9mm mags with 40SW and used them in my P229 and it functions fine. Maybe its just diminished capacity of 9mm in the 40SW P229 mags.

I have the 20lb recoil spring, do I need to switch to the lesser spring when shooting the 9mm?

Parag
10-03-2007, 6:25 PM
For the 9mm conversion, you need a .40S&W or .357SIG P226 and a Bar-sto 9mm CONVERSION barrel. The normal 9mm (SIG or Bar-sto) barrel will not work. http://www.tacticalgungear.com (http://www.tacticalgungear.com/) should still have a few in stock.

A 9mm P226 cannot be converted to .40S&W/.357SIG. SIG doesn't support either cross-caliber conversions with their barrels. Bar-sto's 9mm conv. barrel apparently has to have something made just slightly offset to work properly.

Some folks claim the .40S&W/.357SIG magazines can feed 9mm rounds but most just pick up a bunch of 9mm mags.


-- Parag

WokMaster1
10-03-2007, 7:35 PM
so the consensus here is that Sig 226 is a baller, no?:D

45R
10-03-2007, 7:39 PM
One of the best 9mm pistols ever made!

RT13
10-03-2007, 10:29 PM
I truly believe that the P226 9mm is the best Sig, best semiauto 9mm, and one of the very best guns period, ever made. IF, you are looking for a non fancy safe queen collectible , a simple no non sense, dead accurate, very reliable trustworthy pistol, then the P226 is definitely the one. No cons other than addiction to more Sigs or more P226's. I'm sure there is a good reason the Navy SEALs chose to carry the P226 9mm as their sidearm of choice.:cool:

SNEAKS
10-04-2007, 12:10 AM
I just purchased a 226 Blackwater Edition and am waiting to pick it up on Tuesday. I cant wait :D

kstrongsyj
10-04-2007, 5:25 AM
I too love my Sigs. I have the 229 Equinox, and a 239 for CCW. High on my list is the Revolution tactical 1911 and then 226 ;)

aplinker
10-04-2007, 10:07 AM
High on my list is the Revolution tactical 1911 and then 226 ;)

Skip the Revolution and buy a Colt.

SNEAKS
10-04-2007, 10:18 AM
I love my GSR Revolution. I had 3 FTF the first 50 rounds so I adjusted the spring tension in the mags and now it shoots perfectly with 500 rounds through it.

5968
10-04-2007, 10:19 AM
I have a P226R and a P239 in .40 and I love it. My next Sig will be a P229R and hopefully soon. God bless the Sig!

PistolPete75
10-04-2007, 10:19 AM
sig 226 is a solid pistol. if your looking for fun plinker in a 9mm fashion i would try out the glock 17 in 9mm which will save you some bucks. 1911 9mm are just too expensive, and not worth the money for what your going to use it for.

8200rpm
10-04-2007, 1:42 PM
I also want to add that in addition to my P226 in 9mm, I have a P229 in .40 with a stock DA trigger that is super slick and feels no heavier than 9 lbs. I also have a P220 in .45. All of the above are non-railed, and the P226 and P220 are stamped steel slides.

Once you fall in love with one Sig, you'll buy more. My next will be a discontinued P226ST in .357 SIG. There's no better platform for .357 SIG than a P226ST.

stingray5mm
11-26-2007, 11:40 PM
The first pistol that I absolutely fell in love with was the P220. It was a range rental at the LA gun club. It was beat up, worn, and dirty as hell but it shot a ragged hole at the back of the range. The gun "speaks" to me :D

I got the P220R as a graduation gift to myself. Then got a P228 when I got into grad school. A P226 in 9mm is next on my list when I want to treat myself.

In my book SIG is the Mercedes Benz of handguns. Old ones, new ones, beat up ones and pimped out ones have the mark of quality, craftsmanship, smooth operation and are absolutely timeless.

eguns-com
11-26-2007, 11:53 PM
Well here is how it works.

The P229 40SW that I own has magazines marked 40SW/ 357Sig. TO convert this to 357Sig you only need a 357Sig Barrel.

To convert the pistol to 9mm you need the 9imm mags and the 9mm barrel.

My pistol uses all 3 calibers and I have tons of mags.

Note that you need to get an aftermarket 9mm barrel for the 229 if you want to convert to 9mm, as the factory barrel is a narrower barrel. After market ones are made so that they fit the 40/357 slide. The 357 barrel is however a dropin.

I have not tried it with the Sig, but the H&K USP (full size) 40 mags actually work with my 9mm USP as well but they hold one less round then the factory 9mm mags. May work with the Sig too. I have to get an after market 9mm barrel first.

Chad

ps: I will be getting in some factory barrels after Christmas for 40 people who want 357 sig or vice versa.

1911_sfca
11-27-2007, 12:54 AM
Just getting ready to get a 226 in 9mm. let me know what your thoughts are. good, bad, indifferent. Functionality, accuracy etc.

I think you already got an answer to your question. The P226 in 9mm is an archetypal combat gun. Very reliable.

When I'm on duty, I have the choice to carry almost any semi-auto DA gun from 9mm to .45, and the gun I trust my life to is.. the 9mm P226 (Navy). What else can I say? :cool2:

If you are restricted to 10 round mags and this is a gun for self defense, I would personally consider the .40, since you will have a bit more power and the same # of rounds. As for me, I have a P226 in .40, but I am a very good shot with the 9, and it carries more rounds for me. So I'm sticking with it for now, until I get to the same level with the 40.

gwl
11-27-2007, 5:30 AM
I have a SIG 226, SIG 229 and SIG 239 all.40 SW. I prefer the 229 over the 226 and 239. No particular reason other than I shoot a little better with the 229. Regardless of which one you get and in which caliber, you're going to get a very good handgun.

Hitman
11-27-2007, 5:36 AM
chiming in with a Sig Trailside Comp, Sig 228 Two-Tone, P6/P225, Sig X-5 L1 9mm and Sig X-5 Tactical 9mm.

I guess I like Sigs.;)

SemiAutoSam
11-27-2007, 8:07 AM
The 357Sig swap was the only conversion I had experience with in the P229.

I could use another 357Sig and or 40SW factory barrel however.

Put me on your list of interested parties when you get Pricing info please.

Thanks

Note that you need to get an aftermarket 9mm barrel for the 229 if you want to convert to 9mm, as the factory barrel is a narrower barrel. After market ones are made so that they fit the 40/357 slide. The 357 barrel is however a dropin.

I have not tried it with the Sig, but the H&K USP (full size) 40 mags actually work with my 9mm USP as well but they hold one less round then the factory 9mm mags. May work with the Sig too. I have to get an after market 9mm barrel first.

Chad

ps: I will be getting in some factory barrels after Christmas for 40 people who want 357 sig or vice versa.

savasyn
11-27-2007, 8:50 AM
Some folks claim the .40S&W/.357SIG magazines can feed 9mm rounds but most just pick up a bunch of 9mm mags.


-- Parag

I am one of those people. I have had flawless feeding using .40 mags for 9mm in my 229 w/conversion barrel. I also have 9mm mags which I use more often, but the times I've tried the .40 mags, they've worked every time. All that said, I do not like shooting the 229 in 9mm, it just doesn't feel right compared to about 15k rounds of .40 I've shot through it.

Since my first post on this thread, I have picked up a 226 in 9mm. It feels almost as good as my 229, but not quite. It feels WAY nicer than my 220, though as far as trigger feel. I really need to get the 220's trigger worked on. I'd also like to get rid of the grooved target trigger and go with a smooth one like on the 226/229.

Sigs ROCK! :punk:

5968
11-27-2007, 9:28 AM
I love my Sig P226! You are not going to go wrong buying one. Mine is a 40 S&W. Someday I might pick one up a 9mm.

Gnote
11-27-2007, 6:36 PM
Have the 226 ST in 40 and that is a wonderful gun to shoot. The heavy frame tames the recoil down.

Parag
11-27-2007, 6:47 PM
I am one of those people. I have had flawless feeding using .40 mags for 9mm in my 229 w/conversion barrel.]

Fascinating. Perhaps it is just the P226 that needs proper 9mm mags. 9mm rounds just popped right out of the .40S&W/.357SIG mags I've tried.

-- Parag

Richie Rich
11-27-2007, 7:30 PM
I LOVE my Sig 229r .40. First (and only) pistol I own.

Tried just about every pistol on the market, kept coming back to the Sig. Bought it and could not be happier.

Personal preference, Go with .40 over 9mm. Since we are stuck with 10rnds max anyway, might as well make them 10 larger rounds.

icoburn
11-27-2007, 8:45 PM
+1 for P226 .40 and Bar-Sto 9mm conversion. then go for the P229 .40 with Bar-Sto conversion, then... see a pattern forming ? :D