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Old 04-18-2017, 02:51 PM   #61
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The irony is that now we're the leaders in mandating no one can use nuclear weapons.
That's because our monopoly on nukes is long gone.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:04 PM   #62
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That's what I love about Sigtalk. We are free to veer way off topic and nobody comes in to beech about it like a little girl! Ok so now that OP said this gun will be occasional and a range toy, I'm gonna say get the 1911 all the way. I recently got my first 1911 and opted for the Colt Stainless Commander. I got it just because I always wanted one. It is by far the "coolest" handgun I own! I ain't tweekin nothin, well except the gold cup grips I put on it. This gun is accurate as craap and a blast to shoot.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:43 PM   #63
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I'm a P226 guy all the way. It really comes down to which speaks to you. I actually started years ago with an HK USP. I loved the look of the USP and the fact that you could carry it cocked and locked like a 1911. I added an HK45C for carry. I tried and tried and tried to love the USP (and HK45C), but I just didn't. I do love the guns themselves, but when it comes to shooting they just aren't my thing.

I did own a 1911 years ago (a Colt WWII Repro). I sold it. I don't know why. I wish I still had it, but c'est la vie.

I did the Glock thing for a while and really enjoyed it, but it still wasn't my cup of tea.

I got a S&W Airweight revolver and thought I liked revolvers. That didn't last long.

Through it all I steered clear of Sig. I have no idea why. I think somewhere along the way I got some bad info that soured me on Sig. Anyway, I finally did get a MK25 and...WHAMO!!!...I was hooked. The fit, finish, function, and looks of the 226 just appeal to me in every way. It's so well-behaved and accurate when shooting. I really is my gun. I just bought my 2nd. I have 20 mags for them. I have spare parts and tools for them. When the zombies come knocking on my door I'll be answering it with a P226.

You have to find which gun does that for you. If it's the 226 then cool. If not...cool. Same for the 1911. Or something else. Buy both and see which one ends up in your hand the most. Hell, buy them all. I have.
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Old 04-19-2017, 12:59 PM   #64
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I wanted a 1911 in 9mm.

I settled for a SAO 226.

Glad I made that decision. I swear that 226 shoots better than most 1911
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I wanted a 1911 in 9mm.

I settled for a SAO 226.

Glad I made that decision. I swear that 226 shoots better than most 1911
I wouldn't say you settled. Just my opinion, the 1911 is supposed to be and should be a 45!
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:50 PM   #66
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Lol.....man, there is just something about a good 1911!
The triggers are like no other, making them so fun to shoot. Plus, they are .45 auto's. Big bore power.
That being said, if it came down to it, I would have to choose my 226. But, thats just me.
I vote you get both. If you've already made your decision and have gotten one or the other, then get the other too lol. ( i didnt read the whole thread)
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The P226 for sure. It is a classic.
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1911s rule.
Sigs suck...




Oh wait a minute.....


Wrong forum.
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Hey all,

Good news, I picked out a handgun! I'm going with a Sig Legion after i shot it for a while! Any ideas of who may have a better price, or a trustworthy website?


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When you said, "gun design", I can only hope you meant pistol. The M16, AK47, and a slew of other weapons are far more battle proven than the 1911. Pistols in war are seldom fired. And even if you specifically meant pistols, I'd argue that JMB's other, less famous, success story has a far more distinguished combat record than the 1911. The amount of 1911 uses in actual gunfights in war would be a tiny fraction of one percent compared to the M16, AK, M1, Lee Enfield, Mauser, Mosin, etc. Wars are not fought with pistols, even long-lived ones.
Tell that to Alvin York and Audie Murphy.
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Hey all!

Thanks for all your inputs! I just got back in town to read everything. I will eventually own both these firearms, but the real decision as to which one first will be a tough one. Right now I carry my Glock 19 whenever it's applicable, as I have done countless hours of training with it. This next Gun will mainly be an occasional carry and more of a range toy.
There is really no way to reply to 1911 vs P226 without knowing the individual and specific purpose.

I own many hand guns, but the three that must be owned are: 1911, P226/P229, and Glock 17/19. (and if you are inclined, .357 revolver)

You already have a Glock 19, and seem to realize you still need a 1911 and a P226. If your question is which first, the 1911 has more history. It also has, in the words of Bruce Lee, "emotional content".
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Tell that to Alvin York and Audie Murphy.
There were 4 million US troops in WWI and 16 million in WWII...so by naming two you've really proved my point for me.

But in fairness, I don't recall any of Audie Murphy's famous incidents involving a 1911...he was a definite fan of the machinegun, and one version or another are primarily what I recall him using in the fights that he was decorated for. I'm not doubting he ever used a 1911, but I can recall no specific examples, unlike Sgt. York.

I imagine your comment was sort of tongue in cheek. But if it wasn't, that is the problem with many die hard 1911 fans, they cite anecdotes instead of actual numbers. When a weapon rises to hero status it's tough to separate emotion from logic. Saying that the 1911 was the most battle proven gun in history because it was carried by two Medal of Honor recipients is an argument that doesn't hold water. Audie Murphy also carried an M1 Carbine...does that make the M1 Carbine the most battle proven gun in military history? I hope not...

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Good news, I picked out a handgun! I'm going with a Sig Legion after i shot it for a while!
Which Legion? The P226 SAO? I love 1911s, but the P226 Legion SAO seems like a good answer to your situation. Maybe get a 1911 after that?
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Which Legion? The P226 SAO? I love 1911s, but the P226 Legion SAO seems like a good answer to your situation. Maybe get a 1911 after that?


I'm leaning towards the SAO first, and then possibly a 1911 in the near future! Just need to find a decent deal on one.


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There were 4 million US troops in WWI and 16 million in WWII...so by naming two you've really proved my point for me.

But in fairness, I don't recall any of Audie Murphy's famous incidents involving a 1911...he was a definite fan of the machinegun, and one version or another are primarily what I recall him using in the fights that he was decorated for. I'm not doubting he ever used a 1911, but I can recall no specific examples, unlike Sgt. York.

I imagine your comment was sort of tongue in cheek. But if it wasn't, that is the problem with many die hard 1911 fans, they cite anecdotes instead of actual numbers. When a weapon rises to hero status it's tough to separate emotion from logic. Saying that the 1911 was the most battle proven gun in history because it was carried by two Medal of Honor recipients is an argument that doesn't hold water. Audie Murphy also carried an M1 Carbine...does that make the M1 Carbine the most battle proven gun in military history? I hope not...
1. I remember reading that when Audie Murphy's rifle ran out of ammo, he continued to hold them off with his 1911 pistol. Sorry, can't find it again.

2. The bold part is YOUR words, not mine.

3. The 1911 filled the role of backup. That was at times a critical role. That was the gist of my comment.

4. The M1 carbine was indeed declared to be the most battle proven gun in military history, by General George Patton. I think he can be considered an expert.

5. No more coffee for you.
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