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Old 12-25-2011, 06:56 AM   #1
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p226 elite dark & tac ops

Ive been looking at these two for quite sometime. I love the srt that sig has, and the ergos fit me beautifully. but on the other forums, sig is gaining a reputation of poor qc and just pumping out guns. Im,not concerned with the barrel finish thay some are. But ive read problems with sights comimg loose, extractor issues, nitron finish rusting, sub par mag quality especially with the tac ops mags, and a whole host of others. How true are these claims?.....now there are tons of reviews on the tac ops but what about the elite dark? I cant find anything useful so if any of you have one id love to hear about it. Both would be 9mm btw. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-25-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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First, let me say that ANY manufacturer can have poor example get through QA. Unfortunatly the internet has provided a loud voice for those who like to hear themselves complain. I too have read some of the opinions of those individuals and do not deny what they have experienced. I do, however, disagree with some of the positions they take, the manner in which they claimed to have spoken with customer service, and the assesment that all of the products have suffered. I personally feel that there are many who also just can not accept change in any way and use every opportunity to express their feelings based on those changes.

Now to the subject at hand, I have six Sig pistols and currently have another on order. I believe that Sig makes a fine pistol and the quality is just fine. Sig has a good reputation of taking care of their customers when problems exist. I continue to order those products in which I have interest with confidence.

With the models you mentioned the only item that I would have concern about would be the Dark Elite and the adjustable rear sight. I have read reports about the sitght being somewhat fragile for a "combat pistol". I would have to say that there may be some merit to this one. I have read nothing but raves for the Tac Ops which has a traditional rear night sight.
The other items of concern you listed have not yielded a significant enough of a pattern for me to be worried about.

The internet can be a place full of opinions positive and negative. All I can say is my experience with Sig has been positive.
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Like the previous poster, I have been shooting SIG pistols for many years and find the quality to be outstanding, including the new models. I have a P226 Dark Elite and have experienced no problems whatsoever with the rear sight.
However, I will say that the TruGlo Tritium Fiber Optic front sight on the Tac Ops is a very nice option as I have one on my P238 Equinox and I like it very much.

The one thing I much prefer with the Dark Elite over the Tac Ops model are the grips. The aluminum grips on the Dark Elite are absolutely wonderful. They are a little bit slimmer than the wood or plastic grips and they don't slip at all. I always preferred Hogue finger groove rubber grips on my SIG pistols until I purchased my first Dark Elite and I am now converting all my older pistols over to aluminum grips (Hogue makes the SIG aluminum grips as well).

Both models are excellent choices and IMHO you can't go wrong with either one.
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I agree with the two previous posters. I have several older sigs with many thousands of rounds thru them with no problems. I also have two newer sigs a p 250 and a p 238 fit and finish are excellent. I carry both of these 24/7 and have not had any rust or finish issues. I shoot the p250 in a defensive pistol league and have many thousands of rounds thru it with no malfunctions. In mho sig still makes a very nice product.
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Well thats good to hear. I held both these pistols at the lgs about a week ago and forgot how nice they feel in the hand. The elite dark still had the white lettering on the grips which I actually like. the elite dark sight problems I know of seemed to be on the p220 and not the p226
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I'm a die-hard HK junkie to the max, and I've only been shooting my two newer SIGs for the lesser part of 6ish months or so, and so far I'm 100% satistfied with my new SIGs. As a matter of FACT, my 9mm. P226 TacOps has replaced my 9mm. USP Combat Competition as my main range beater. Couple that with it's threaded .22 conv. kit, it's almost the ideal weapon for me now.

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The one note I will add is the crappy construction of the non MecGar mags that sometimes come with sigs. Seems to be most common on the tack ops extra cap mags. Just send them back to sig and request the mecgar ones.
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Are you saying that Sig has been known to replace faulty stock mags with MecGar ones?
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Apparently yes, many people have been successful in exchanging them for the Mecgar ones. You can also buy the mecgar 20 rounders for less than $30 from places like Greg Cote, etc.
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I own a sig p226 enhanced elite (purchased 9/20/2011) and i dont have any such issues. im actually amazed on how well my barrel looks at this point (very very minor smileys). also i bough a couple of mecgar mags and they r the tops! =)
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I have a 226 9mm Tac Ops with about 2000 rounds through it. I have had no issues with at all and the fit and finish in it is what I would expect for a weapon at this price point. This is my only Sig but I like this one so much I would not hesitate to purchase another. It think you would agree most people do not write reviews of how happy they are but love to tell everyone when something is not right.
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I have a 226 Tac ops with a .40 and .357 conversion. no problem with mags or sight. Some one asked the key difference in the Tac ops vs the std 22g the biggest is the tac ops has a picanny rail. may be one of best guns i have bought.. and never had issues with support from Sig.
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I own both pistols in question as well as numerous other Sig Sauer pistols. Maybe I am lucky but I have not experienced any of these claims... This doesn't mean that maybe some people have. Sigs are warrantied. If something is wrong they will correct it. Do the people making these claims have an allegiance with other manufacturers? Who knows but some people are partial as well as bias to their favorite firearms among other things. Either way, good luck with your future purchase!
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Are you saying that Sig has been known to replace faulty stock mags with MecGar ones?
I just called sig a few weeks ago to ask about my options because 3 of my 4 checkmate made mags wouldn't drop from my tacops and they said I could rma them but I wasn't getting mec gars in exchange


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I have a 226 Tac ops with a .40 and .357 conversion. no problem with mags or sight. Some one asked the key difference in the Tac ops vs the std 22g the biggest is the tac ops has a picanny rail. may be one of best guns i have bought.. and never had issues with support from Sig.
A point of clarification: I too have the P226 TACOPS in both 9mm and .40S&W. They have a rail but it is not the true Picatinny rail. It is Sig's proprietary curved-bottom rail that some things will fit and some things wont, or wont fit well. You can find lots of stuff to fit it though. Many dealers incorrectly refer to it as a Picatinny rail. The true Picatinny rail is a military-specification rail as defined by MIL-STD-1913. The The MK25, the P226 Combat and the P220 Combat have Picatinny rails - among other things they are flat on the bottom.

To the OP: you will love either of the two you mentioned. However, the P226 Elite (Dark or otherwise) will be a little easier to carry due to the shorter grip/magazine combination, reducing the chance of printing on your outer wear.

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