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Old 01-07-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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Older 226 St vs New Stainless Elite

I've decided to sell some guns I don't use anymore and expand my Sig Collection. I Would like a p226 (or p229 or p220 if I find a good deal) stainless elite SSE or possibly early 2000's Stainless. I think the earlier versions are called ST, even though I don't see that anywhere on the gun. How would you compare the quality of the the New SSE models to the early 2000 models that are steel frame stainless guns. And are all the Stainless P226 models from that time frame considered considered "ST" models. Are there good and bad years for various Stainless models? Thanks for your answers.
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Old 01-07-2017, 02:04 PM   #2
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I own three new production Stainless Elite models and can tell you the quality is excellent. I can't compare to older stainless models.
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I own three new production Stainless Elite models and can tell you the quality is excellent. I can't compare to older stainless models.
They are beautiful guns with the wood grips and all he upgrades. If I had $4000 laying around, I would have a 220, 229 and 226 SSE on order today. I'm definitely going to buy at least one of those versions this week, but something in me wants to buy a couple of older Stainless models to mix it up some. I think I will stay away from the nickel models. I hear that finish wears off real easy.. I wouldn't mind finding a good deal on a stainlss that is scuffed up and give it a full polish job.
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I prefer the short extractor, so I would buy the P226ST because the P226 SSE's have the long extractor. I will say that the beavertail and forward slide serrations of the SSE's are pretty cool.
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Some of the older SSEs had short extractors, if you can find one.
But the long ones work just fine.

I've had an older ST model P220 and I have several new SSEs. They are great guns.
I would not worry about buying either.
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Has anybody woken bear up yet?

Somebody wants to talk to him about stainless SIGs.
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Has anybody woken bear up yet?

Somebody wants to talk to him about stainless SIGs.
It's winter; he's hibernating.
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It's winter; he's hibernating.
Of course he is! But that's the safest time to talk to him.
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"ST" was an early rollmark indicating a gun with a stainless frame. Subsequent elimination of that rollmark changed nothing about the general character of the all-stainless models.

I favor the ST models because I do not care for beavertails or forward slide serrations. Beyond that personal preference, I don't think there is a general quality difference between the ST and SSE models.

The only clear model- or year-specific quality issue I am aware of involved some models of the P220 ST with internal extractors.
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220st from '02, internal extractor (st on slide), with sig proprietary rail for the compensator 220 sport.

SIG P220 Sport

226st from '05, external extractor(no st on slide, with sig rail.
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Have both

I have a Long extractor and short extractor P226 Elite Stainless, there is no discernible difference between them.
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I have a Long extractor and short extractor P226 Elite Stainless, there is no discernible difference between them.

Sure there is! Look again carefully . . . one has the superb and much in demand short extractor!
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Did SIG ever made any stainless models without a rail?
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My 220 ST from 2005
The big difference between the ST and the newer SSE is the beavertail, and the internal extractor.
I researched the extractor when I first got mine.
Only some X models experienced an issue, and Bruce Gray has a fix for it.
The average line guns are totally fine
Sig Germany used internal for decades, and knew them well.

I found my ST as part of an estate sale, and it was lightly shot.
I would choose the ST over SSE as a personal choice every time, if a good specimen came available.



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I am sure the extra weight of the stainless 226 makes for comfortable shooting. What is it like to carry?


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