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Old 09-12-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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New American made Sig P226 9mm

Currently I carry a German frame/American milled slide P226 on duty and I have a folded slide 1997 era all German made 9mm P226. It's never been fired but I plan on qualifying with it and carrying it off duty. In the meantime I decided to buy an all Exeter built gun to train with and put all my training rounds through. I found a gentleman who was selling just such a gun that he bought brand new a couple months ago and had put exactly 250 rounds through. The gun has virtually no wear at all and indeed looks brand new. The build quality appears good. My plan is to shoot it a bunch over the next couple years to see if there really is a difference in build quality. While I certainly wont be putting ToddG numbers of rounds through it I'm hoping to put a decent number of rounds through it to see if there really would be a noticeable quality difference to your average end user. Plus since the department issues +p ammo for those shooting 9mm both for practice and for duty rounds we'll see how it holds up to a diet of exclusively +p rounds.

My prediction is that I'm not going to see much of a quality difference. What do you guys think?
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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maybe maybe not. if the construction is different such as weight wise, the recoil will be different. are the sights the same? probably not so there will be an accuracy difference.
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mfg variables, if any, will be the test.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:37 PM   #4
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There have been many credible reports of Exeter SIGs going well past 100,000 rounds fired. It is what the SEALS use. The P226 is as durable a pistol as one can buy.

Just keep the frame rails well lubed and change the recoil sping every 5000 rounds.

You will go broke trying to wear out that P226 but enjoy trying.
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:08 PM   #5
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If you are talking about build quality, I bet you won't be able to tell a difference.

You will definitely have a good time running the experiment though!
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time will tell but german engineering is pretty tough to beat on the frames.
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Does anyone really think Sig would build pistols in the US, paying union wages, that were
not to the same spec. as the German guns. The US guns are going all around the world
and Sig has it's reputation on the line. Why do we knock our manufacturing. Corporations
out source jobs because of labor costs, not because Americans can't build a quality product
that can compete in the world. Most of the manufacturing is done on the same CNC
machines in the US and Germany. They are run by a computer program that will produce
parts to the same tolerance time after time. I believe in America. Shawn
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It's a Sig... you should be okay.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:08 PM   #9
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Does anyone really think Sig would build pistols in the US, paying union wages, that were
not to the same spec. as the German guns. The US guns are going all around the world
and Sig has it's reputation on the line. Why do we knock our manufacturing. Corporations
out source jobs because of labor costs, not because Americans can't build a quality product
that can compete in the world. Most of the manufacturing is done on the same CNC
machines in the US and Germany. They are run by a computer program that will produce
parts to the same tolerance time after time. I believe in America. Shawn
you go ahead & believe what's coming out of exeter is on a par with the sig mastershop. pricing alone, hand built says a better product.

sorry but i'll stick to my all german/proofed or german frames.
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I think the potential is there at Exeter but the QC falls short...never had an issue with any of my German made SiGs...some issues with my American made SiGs (nothing that would keep me from buying them still but...) finishing and assembling...

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Just bought a P226 MK25 a week ago. Took it to the range and shot the heck out of it. May be the only time it gets shot, I don't know right now. I have been told this may be a collector piece so I will be easy on it. What a fine gun, no wonder the seal's decided to use this weapon. It's accurate, trouble free, and eats whatever I put into the mag.
Although I did not try any aluminum. I will stick with brass since I plan to learn to reload in the near future. The price of ammo is going to go up, I should say the tax on ammo is going to go up. So it's time to reload.
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hard to tell if comment was it by the salesman, i doubt if it'll be a collector, too many being sold.
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time will tell but german engineering is pretty tough to beat on the frames.

Early German made frames were some of the most problematic there ever were for the P226.
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Frames, regardless of where they're made are made on the same equipment to the same specs from the same material. Excepting quality control there really shouldn't be a difference.
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I see or feel no difference in quality between the P225 that I owned in 1990, the P239 that I had in 2005, and the current P220 that seems to be completely Exeter built?

Maybe the overall quality control has gone down...and Sig has way too many goofy models for sale now (which detracts from them concentrating on the models that built their reputation)...
but I'm glad that I got lucky!
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