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Old 10-16-2012, 09:11 AM   #1
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American made Sig P226 9mm report

I recently purchased a Sig P226 9mm all Exeter build because I felt the need for a new Sig. I decided I would go for an all Exeter gun to see if the sky had truly fallen with some of the complaints I had read. I have owned numerous Sig P226's that were all German carbon slide guns and of course the American milled slide mated to the German made aluminum frames. My newest gun before this one is a 2004 P226R .40 that I carry for duty. My other current P226 is an all German made 1997 dated carbon steel P226 that still hasn't been fired outside the factory. I was fortunate to find it a few months ago. On a side note I regret selling any of my P226's, particularly my first, take it from me, don't do it.

This Sig is marked as having been made in June 2012 and has the short extractor. Initially I looked at the fit and finish and was very pleased. The current nitron finish seems smoother and better executed then earlier Nitron finished guns, I like the finish. I also noted that all the small parts seemed well executed. I was looking for this because I saw a 2010ish gun where the trigger and take down lever looked a little rough. The slide to frame fit is good. On my 1997 German made gun, there is zero slide to frame play, it is as tight as a semi-custom 1911 I once owned. On this gun the fit is good and it functions smoothly but there is a slight amount of horizontal play.

I took it to the range with mec-gar 18 rounders. The gun came with two checkmate mags, but I won't use them. I'll probably sell them off. The gun functioned without issue using Winchester 115 grain and Federal 124 grain +p HST's. it was as accurate as any other P226 I've shot, which is to say it was very accurate. One thing that surprised me is that it has the best trigger out of the box of any P226 I've ever shot. The double action pull is S&W 686 smooth and the reset, while certainly not an SRT reset, was positive and the single action pull was crisp.

So far I'm only a few hundred rounds into it, but am very pleased. Good to see the sky is still where it belongs.

As a side note, I tried my 04 P226 with the E2 grips. I initially liked them, particularly the texture, but I ended up going back to the original grips. The E2 grips are slightly shorter and I have big hands so the bottom of my hand didn't feel like it got a good purchase with the E2 grips. I also found that I sometimes hit the slide release while shooting, stopping the gun from locking back. I don't have this problem with the standard grips. One day I will have to try the Hogue G10's. Also in case anyone is curious, I use Weaponshield clp and grease.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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I did the exact same thing with buying a new american made p226. I think they are great, but I had the same opinion of the e2 grips, so i went to the standard 2 piece ones. Before that though i tried the hogue rubber finger groove grips and thought they were too big.
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I tried the Hogue Rubber grips years ago. They were very grippy but made the grip just a tad too wide for me.
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My P226 USA TacOps is very well made and accurate as heck out of the box with whatever I feed it. No malfunctions whatsoever with 6 different kinds of ammo. I love the SRT but even in dbl action it is butter smooth. I read all over the place in other forums about the mods folks have to make to their guns to get them to operate just so but honestly I can't think of one thing I would have to do to improve this gun. I am so happy with it I am going to buy another Sig either a P229 Elite Dark or Scorpion or another P226 in Elite dark but this time in 40 cal and get the 357 Sig barrel for it.
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My 226 is also all US-made. Never had any problems with it. People who hate on Exeter made SIGs likely have never used one before, or if they have it was a long time ago. I haven't heard of any serious problems with any recently-produced Exeter SIGs.
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Usually I don't like to rain on anybodys parade,but I do not know where the rumor that the German sigs were better than the AMI's. Ami is german slang for American.I have both and prefer the Ami's ,one piece slides are stronger,and you have to admit stainless has a lot going for it except weight. Just my 2 cents.
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good report
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Usually I don't like to rain on anybodys parade,but I do not know where the rumor that the German sigs were better than the AMI's. Ami is german slang for American.I have both and prefer the Ami's ,one piece slides are stronger,and you have to admit stainless has a lot going for it except weight. Just my 2 cents.


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Yes, and it can be an insult or simply a friendly means of address, depending on inflection or tone of voice as I recall.
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the op is about a 226 9, which doesn't need the milled slide for strength, only for 40/357, which is how/why the 229 for the 40/357 evolved.

no 40/357, no need for the milled slide.
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