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dwp21
05-16-2011, 04:38 PM
Just got a part time job that requires me to carry a weapon that fires the first shot from double action. I only own glocks and single actions. I don't care for the companies 59 seriers S&W. I have a chance to buy a Sig 226 9mm off of a friend that has been carried more than it has been fired. I've run about 100 rounds through it and I shoot it well.

Any problems I need to know about Sig handguns before I buy this one? I shoot my weapons a lot and take care of them but I do not baby them.

Jon Payne
05-16-2011, 04:59 PM
Sig-Sauer P226's are fine pistols. If it's good deal snatch it up. I'd take one over a S&W 2nd or 3rd Gen any day.

catvet_1
05-16-2011, 05:15 PM
I think the Sig will fill your requirements well.

Matthew Sweeney
05-16-2011, 05:20 PM
I love mine, and it has never failed me (aside from my slide freezing once due to extreme cold) and it would have fired at least the first shot. I have taken it to hell and back and it shows it, but its still my EDC and I wouldn't trade it for any other pistol.

JPourciau
05-16-2011, 05:20 PM
I have a Sig P220 that was the first pistol I ever bought. The only reasons I don't carry it instead of the Glock are capacity and trigger. Nonetheless, I trust it completely for carry/duty. In multiple classes and years of carrying it, not one malfunction, ever. The P226 will serve you well.

Matthew Sweeney
05-16-2011, 05:24 PM
Yeah mine has never had a malfunction either, even when my buddy loaded empty casing into my magazine during a drill. Which caused a 1911 to have a fit and jammed up the XD's, Glock's, Berreta's and even an HK (which was surprising). But my Sig fed it into the chamber and I just tapped and racked, everyone else had to rip and rack. I have also fired over 500 rounds without cleaning and it still functioned 100% reliably.

Michael Biggs
05-16-2011, 05:29 PM
SIG Sauers are top notch pistols! I have three in my stable: P-220/6/8 and NEVER had an issue with either since acquiring my first in 1995.

silothepro
05-16-2011, 05:41 PM
If i had to carry a da/sa handgun, my sig 226 would be my first choice, no doubt!

Michael Swisher
05-16-2011, 06:33 PM
Carried one on duty for three years. I don't like them, but they are fine weapons.

forensicgun
05-17-2011, 04:20 AM
My duty weapon is a 226 in 9mm. I only have two suggestions (both of which were given to us during the Sig armorer course). One is to use only factory mags. Aftermarket mags for Sigs tend to be junk. Also I would suggest leaving the factory grips on. There is a spring (trigger bar spring) that requires the proper match with the correct generation grips. If you put an run the wrong combination it can result in problems. They are great guns esp. if you can find one with the SRT.

Gun Mutt
05-17-2011, 05:25 AM
...esp. if you can find one with the SRT.
Why find one with the SRT? Why not just install one?

JHawk
05-17-2011, 05:38 AM
I would say go for the 226 from your friend. I have the 226 & 228..... both are fine handguns. Never had one issue with reliability.

lightfighter
05-17-2011, 06:27 AM
I think I'm the only one on the planet that had problems with a 226. In one of my first threads here I tried to figure out the problem.

Should it be run dry or wet ? Was there a burr on the feed ramp ? We went on and on for pages and I couldn't figure out what the problem was.

I finally replaced the barrel and ran it very wet. That solved the problem but my confidence in the gun was ruined

I now run Glocks and have never ever had a problem with even a single round.

Gun Mutt
05-17-2011, 06:29 AM
Btw, Sig owners- I've got one free 10rd 226 mag in .40/.357. Guy at work asked me to give it away, no longer has the pistol. Anyone want it as a dedicated training mag?

dwp21
05-17-2011, 08:06 AM
Thanks for the replies everyone. I think I'm going to buy it. $650 and comes with 5 magazines.

forensicgun
05-17-2011, 08:44 AM
I say find one with the SRT beacuse I was under the impression Sig would not sell the SRT kit to anyone that wasnt a factory trained armorer, perhaps thats changed. The SRT is easy to install, and the short reset makes shooting fast and accurately easier.

chad newton
05-17-2011, 09:50 AM
I have one, but have no need for it now I run my 19.

ISRAELI EXTREMIST
05-17-2011, 09:52 AM
Sig's are great guns, I had a 229 E2 that was my best shooting gun but it was heavy and could not carry it like I do 24/7 so I sold it. Also in the distant past 20 + years ago I had a 228 and 229 in 40 caliber again great guns and never a problem.

1stMAW
05-17-2011, 10:41 AM
I own three, two of them are the older German 226's and a newer stainless model with rail....All have been flawless, and loaded with 20 round magazines you've got a handful of firepower.....

dwp21
05-17-2011, 11:01 AM
I own three, two of them are the older German 226's and a newer stainless model with rail....All have been flawless, and loaded with 20 round magazines you've got a handful of firepower.....

The one my friend has for sale is stainless and has a rail.

1stMAW
05-17-2011, 11:07 AM
dwp21,

How much does your friend want for the pistol?

dwp21
05-17-2011, 11:40 AM
Friend price is $650 with 5 magazines.

1stMAW
05-17-2011, 11:46 AM
dwp21,

That is a good price with five magazines..........

BlackHoleSon
05-18-2011, 02:55 PM
Friend price is $650 with 5 magazines.
Sounds like the gun for the job.

Pincushion
05-18-2011, 03:26 PM
I have owned a 226 in .40 for a couple years now and I love it. I shoot my Glock 17 more now, but they are both utterly reliable and I wouldn't have an issue only using my Sig. As far as mags go don't be afraid to get after market Mec-Gar mags. I tried some pro-mag pieces of junk when I was (hopefully) a little dumber. Since then I have used nothing but Mec-Gar and been nothing but happy. One thing to keep in mind; the finish on the slide can scratch fairly easily if you have a ring on and are not mindful of it. For the price you mentioned I would jump on it.:thumbsup:

Gun Mutt
05-18-2011, 04:21 PM
Btw, Sig owners- I've got one free 10rd 226 mag in .40/.357. Guy at work asked me to give it away, no longer has the pistol. Anyone want it as a dedicated training mag?


I have owned a 226 in .40 for a couple years now and I love it.
Dude...do you want this mag?

Whtwolf14
05-18-2011, 04:26 PM
I had an old school Classic 226. I loved that pistol and neve should have parted with it. The QC coming out of the shop nowadays is spotty from the reports I've read elsewhere, so if I had to do it again I'd go with the older models. I'm issued a 229R DAK .357 on the job and I like it well enough for what it's used for. I'd rather a Glock though....

Tempest
05-27-2011, 11:35 AM
I've digested 10s of thousands of rounds through several Sigs: 226, 228, currently a 229. Never had a hiccup, FTE, or FTF. Now I've started with a new agency, which only issues Glocks. The biggest difference in actual shooting seems to be the instinctive aim point. At 2-7 yards, I seem to shoot the Glock higher than the Sig, and my thumb seems to land on the slide lock lever. That, and I keep looking for the hammer.

98 Joes
05-27-2011, 08:06 PM
I've had a P226 since my days in service and will never part with it. 30K+ rounds through her with normal maintenance and it still is the finest shooting pistol I own. Yeah, she's kinda ugly now and rattles a bit, but I would trust my life to her everytime. I like my Glocks, but I love this Sig.

Big Phil
06-02-2011, 10:45 PM
THe 226 Is in my Opinion, the best fighting handgun. It's lighter than a 1911, it holds 18 rounds(i bought the aftermarket). It will withstan more abuse than most guns. Its Sweet. Pretty compact for being a fulsize gun. I Iwb carrie mine, with 2 18 rnd mags 1 18 in the pocket and one 10 rounder. So i get 46 rounds. I have wore the recoil spring on it so it jams when you slow fire. but the sob will rapid fire no problem. SO i have to change out the springs. Keep your gun wet and use good ammo. and youll be Fine. Fight Hard, Train Harder. Phil

Jaybo
06-07-2011, 05:34 AM
Dude...do you want this mag?

If he doesn't, I'll take it.

Jaybo
06-07-2011, 05:36 AM
I used to be a die-hard 1911 guy, but I now have about as many SIGs as 1911s. I have a 220, 226 in 9mm, 226 in .357 (old duty gun), current 226DAK in .357, 228 and 239. I'm happy with any and all of them.

BigEd63
06-07-2011, 05:59 AM
I had 2 of the older 226's and a 220. Never had any trouble with them.

1stMAW
06-07-2011, 07:27 AM
With the new "flash mob" scenarios, I seriously thinking about carrying one of my 226's instead of my 229's, 20 rd mags would do nicely in a mob situation......

Maddog6
06-07-2011, 12:11 PM
I have an affliction for SIG's;
15608
P220 45ACP, P226 9mm, P228 9mm, P229 40S&W/357SIG
But I do CCW a G19 because of lightweight and lower replacement cost.

Maddog6 :biggrin:ut!

Gun Mutt
06-08-2011, 05:57 AM
If he doesn't, I'll take it.
Check your pm's...just need an address & it'll be en route.

Jaybo
06-08-2011, 08:53 PM
Check your pm's...just need an address & it'll be en route.

Thanks, bro!

Poohgyrr
06-08-2011, 10:19 PM
and I shoot it well. .

That is important. But, is it an early model with Sig's propriatary rail that doesn't fit anything, or a later model with the standard rail? And that price does sound pretty good.

JackBurton86
06-09-2011, 04:00 AM
I'm a bit late to the party, but I've got one thing to watch out for when shooting Sigs. With the way I hold my right thumb (shooting right handed) against the slide, I will often unintentionally push down on the slide release lever causing the slide to not lock back after the last round. I love shooting Sigs and have 2 (220 and 226 in 357 sig), but this is something that used to cause me problems if I wasn't paying attention. Adjusted my grip slightly and no more issues. Just something to be conscious of - YMMV.

Matthew Sweeney
06-09-2011, 12:43 PM
Yeah I dont even worry about that. I would say 90% of the time my slide doesnt lock back because of my thumb. I rip and rack all the time anyway so its no biggie. I have pretty big hands so I dont know where else to put my thumb. Where did you relocate it to?

JackBurton86
06-09-2011, 06:20 PM
I just moved my support hand slightly higher, so that it would help block my thumb from the slide release. It is not 100%, but it seems to work well almost all the time. It took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong at first because I was shooting older style 220s and getting hammer bite, which I thought was causing the problem.

Gun Mutt
06-10-2011, 04:11 AM
Yeah I dont even worry about that. I would say 90% of the time my slide doesnt lock back because of my thumb. I rip and rack all the time anyway so its no biggie.
90% of the time on 90% of the pistols I've ever shot...long past worrying about it.

BikerJim44
06-22-2011, 06:03 AM
And a damn good friend too. Only problem I ever had with a Sig was my Sig-Mauser M-2 in .45. There was a problem with the take down pin. It snapped one day when I was shooting. No harm thank God. I called Sig and they put me through to the Mauser armorer who took immediate care of the problem. Got the new part in one day and no charge and an offer to send the gun in in the event there was any additional problems. Very, very good folks to deal with. My 226 in .40/.357Sig. has been flawless in every respect. Love it. A little long on the trigger pull in DA but that's to be expected in a DA/SA pistol. Jim.

230therapy
06-22-2011, 07:26 AM
Just got a part time job that requires me to carry a weapon that fires the first shot from double action. I only own glocks and single actions. I don't care for the companies 59 seriers S&W. I have a chance to buy a Sig 226 9mm off of a friend that has been carried more than it has been fired. I've run about 100 rounds through it and I shoot it well.

Any problems I need to know about Sig handguns before I buy this one? I shoot my weapons a lot and take care of them but I do not baby them.

Make sure the rails are fully lubricated...all sides of the channel, outside each rail, and the top.

Review flork's guide on rail wear and lubrication on the SIG Forum (flork is a gunsmith). If the rails are very worn, don't buy it. The rails can be worn after a few rounds if the gun was fired with no lubrication.

You can master the DA/SA trigger. The first lesson is to treat the single action trigger as the reset. Adopt the attitude of "shoot off the reset". Do tons of dry fire with a SNAP-CAP using the double action. Go to guntalk.tv (or 'net) and look for "The Wall Drill" and "The Bump Drill". Do these daily.

Another trick is to get a carry trigger job. Gray Guns does a great job; there are others out there. However, function check the gun with different ammunition if you don't go with Gray Guns. A gunsmith CAUSED problems on my SIG due to incorrect understanding of the SIG system. Verify it will ignite primers consistently (shooting ammo with hard primers such as Tula will help).

flork's lube post:
http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/430601935/m/908103701/p/1

flork has a rail evaluation guide somewhere. Look through that thread first.