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Old 03-23-2012, 04:42 PM   #16
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I got my 226 22LR Classic from a local online dealer for a little more than 10% off list I believe. The conversion kit was also discounted nicely by another online vendor.

I like the balance of the pistol much better in .22 than .357. The steel slide/barrel does make it a bit top heavy without a loaded mag. I'll see how it balance with a fully loaded magazine.

Off topic: Getting 12 rounds of .357 sig down the magazine was impossible...10 rounds was a challenge ....hoping the mag spring lightens up some.
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:01 AM   #17
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The frames are identical whether you bought your pistol as a .22 or as a .40.
Your math is right about values to a certain extent about the values. I always tell friends to buy a .22 if they're going to want a .22 at some time because the overall cost is cheaper. That doesn't affect the value of the gun. It's simply a statement of fact that most people don't pay enough attention to know that and to take advantage of it.
If you wanted a .22 and a .40, you got what you wanted. As others have said, take it out and shoot it. If he had taken the sticker off the box before he sold it to you, would you be any happier?
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:05 AM   #18
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EPD1102, thank you, that was helpful. Thank you to everyone who responded with their opinion. I'm going to keep the gun, shoot and enjoy it. I got what I wanted, and was given a lesson to be more careful in future transactions. Win-win situation, really.
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Brisket View Post
I appreciate the replies. I guess I have two major concerns. One is value, the other is quality. The .40 looks like it sells for ~ $800. Add a .22 conversion for ~ $250: total value of $1050. The other build: P226 .22LR - ~ $550 and .40 exchange kit: ~ $300 for total of $850.
As far as quality, is there any difference in quality or performance between the 2 frames, with their respective interchangeable slide assemblies?
My question is: If the quality and value of the P226 .22 is the same as the .40, why wouldn't everyone buy the .22, add the .40 x-change kit and have 2 pistols for the price of 1?
Thanks for your insight.
I think you hit the nail on the head. In so far as anyone knows or as SIG claims the frames are the same. However, you never know what information may become available in the future. Maybe there is some identifing machining mark or idiosyncrasy of the serial number which points out 22LR specific frames. That would affect the overall value of the gun. Future used SIG buyers may turn their nose up on guns that are built on 22LR specific frames.

The reality is this, Over the last month, I did exactly what you doped out on your own. I bought the P226R 22 Classic and with the discount code I got from SIG for registering I bought the 9mm x-change kit direct from SIG. Out the door price on everything BNIB was $791.97 less FFL fee. Of course, I also bought extra magazines for both calibres, but that cost isn't added to the number I quoted above. I feel like I got a SIG P226R E2 in 2 calibres for less than the average price of a P226R E2 9mm alone.

So, If I were you, I'd be angry. I don't think you got a very good swap.
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I looked into this extensively before buying a P226 .22 and a 9mm upper.Here is what I found through research and talking to sig.There is absolutely not one single difference in a lower from a .22 or centerfire.And likewise the uppers are exactly the same as what you get if you bought the pistol as a centerfire.That being said I am the proud owner of a P229 classic .22 and a 9mm x-change kit.Enjoy your new weapon!
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