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Old 10-17-2012, 12:46 PM   #1
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P226 22LR and 9mm X-change kit

I'm in the market for my first pistol. Over the past few months, I've shot HK P30, Sig SP2022 and P226 and Glock 17 gen4 all 9mm. SP2022 is around my price range; P226 and HK both feel nice in my hands with HK having a better grip; Glock unimpressive;

While shooting the various pistols, it didn't take me long to find out ammo isn't cheap. So I'm going the 22LR route first. I expect to be at the local shooting range often with the pistol I eventually get.

Now I'm looking at purchasing P226 22LR and eventually a 9mm X-change kit, but am concern the frame on the 22LR wouldn't be of the same quality/feel as other larger caliber P226 models. Sig customer service confirmed it is the same frame.

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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All of the 22LR use the same frames as their centerfire brothers.

Honestly, I consider it a steal and a great reason to pick one up!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:12 PM   #3
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Well, not all. But if it is a p model, you'll be fine!
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:38 PM   #4
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I bought the P226 22LR and then the 9mm X-Change kit. Best purchase of my life. Two great guns for less than the cost of a P226 bought by itself.
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One of the reasons I like the Sig is the versatility. Got the .22 and 9mm conversion kit and the a .357 barrel for my P229 .40. That gives me four guns on one frame. I have had no problems with the switching between calibers.

I have a P226 .40 with just the .357 barrel as well. It is all stainless and I can not put a .22 conversion kit on it simply because of pride. It's BS I know but the gun is to choice! It is my favorite and I just can not bring myself to put the .22 kit on her.

You should not have a problem either way. I would vote for best price/deal if you don't have the pride issue I have with my P226.


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yep, just like everyone said. get the .22lr FIRST, then get the 9mm slide. Sig sometimes sends a coupon for accessories in the box of their new guns, which can equate for even greater savings.
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Buy the P226 22Lr

Over the past 6 weeks I researched and purchased my first handgun (actually first gun). During this effort I learned a few things that you may find helpful:
1. I bought the P226 Classic 22Lr new from a local shop for $559.00 plus PA sales tax and state fees. During my research I found the gun offered for $500 to $575 but not all prices are the same total cost because of sales tax, state fees, FFL fees, delivery time and service after the sale.
2. If you use an FFL (online purchase) - shop FFL prices – I found they range from $15 - $100!
3. I found the 9mm exchange kit online for $265. I did not buy it yet, but this would give me a 22 and 9mm for under $900 – less than you will find a 9mm P226 for. That seems crazy and frankly I thought I was misunderstanding something – but that is how it is. BTW – the Sig discount certificate is a generic discount for Sig products and services. If you plan on using it to buy an exchange kit – you may find the exchange kit cheaper online than via Sig even with the discount. You get the discount when you register online.
4. When you buy – make sure you know when they will deliver the gun. Some shops purchase from Sig direct and this gun apparently is on back order so they will have a problem getting the gun to you. I felt they seemed to make an effort to keep me from knowing how soon I would have my gun. If you buy from a shop that gets their guns from a stocking distributor – they can verify the gun is in stock, how quickly they can ship to your shop and when you can expect to have it. I ordered mine via the latter and had it in 48 hours.
5. I like the P226 because it is a full sized pistol and it fit my hand well – point being the best engineered gun in the world may not be the best for you because it doesn’t fit your hand well. I also like their 4 point safety system and the similarity to the Navy Seal version.
6. Other manufactures offer exchange kit options – I do not how they compare to the Sig in price or performance.
7. I liked the exchange kit idea because of the muscle memory training concept and lower cost of entry into shooting.
8. I do feel now that I have the gun that the slide not locking back on the last bullet is annoying. I have made a few dry fires because I lost count. Sigpower.com sells an aftermarket magazine “follower” fix for this.
9. There are 2 versions of the 22Lr P226 – one with a “beavertail” and one without. I got the without which is a few dollars cheaper than the beavertail.
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I'm in the market for my first pistol. Over the past few months, I've shot HK P30, Sig SP2022 and P226 and Glock 17 gen4 all 9mm. SP2022 is around my price range; P226 and HK both feel nice in my hands with HK having a better grip; Glock unimpressive;

While shooting the various pistols, it didn't take me long to find out ammo isn't cheap. So I'm going the 22LR route first. I expect to be at the local shooting range often with the pistol I eventually get.

Now I'm looking at purchasing P226 22LR and eventually a 9mm X-change kit, but am concern the frame on the 22LR wouldn't be of the same quality/feel as other larger caliber P226 models. Sig customer service confirmed it is the same frame.

Thoughts?




Thanks in advance.


I do have a p226 9mm slide and barrel for sale. Its an older folded slide if anyone is interested.

I had planned on buying a .22 and using it for a conversion but i decided against a .22
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I like your plan. I did it the other way and started with a 9mm P226 Extreme and then added the 22LR conversion kit using the Sig discount. I've been very pleased with the combination and have used the 22LR conversion kit during each visit to the range. The sights ARE different between the slides but, it doesn't take much to adapt. Enjoy your Sig.
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Over the past 6 weeks I researched and purchased my first handgun (actually first gun). During this effort I learned a few things that you may find helpful:
1. I bought the P226 Classic 22Lr new from a local shop for $559.00 plus PA sales tax and state fees. During my research I found the gun offered for $500 to $575 but not all prices are the same total cost because of sales tax, state fees, FFL fees, delivery time and service after the sale.
2. If you use an FFL (online purchase) - shop FFL prices – I found they range from $15 - $100!
3. I found the 9mm exchange kit online for $265. I did not buy it yet, but this would give me a 22 and 9mm for under $900 – less than you will find a 9mm P226 for. That seems crazy and frankly I thought I was misunderstanding something – but that is how it is. BTW – the Sig discount certificate is a generic discount for Sig products and services. If you plan on using it to buy an exchange kit – you may find the exchange kit cheaper online than via Sig even with the discount. You get the discount when you register online.
4. When you buy – make sure you know when they will deliver the gun. Some shops purchase from Sig direct and this gun apparently is on back order so they will have a problem getting the gun to you. I felt they seemed to make an effort to keep me from knowing how soon I would have my gun. If you buy from a shop that gets their guns from a stocking distributor – they can verify the gun is in stock, how quickly they can ship to your shop and when you can expect to have it. I ordered mine via the latter and had it in 48 hours.
5. I like the P226 because it is a full sized pistol and it fit my hand well – point being the best engineered gun in the world may not be the best for you because it doesn’t fit your hand well. I also like their 4 point safety system and the similarity to the Navy Seal version.
6. Other manufactures offer exchange kit options – I do not how they compare to the Sig in price or performance.
7. I liked the exchange kit idea because of the muscle memory training concept and lower cost of entry into shooting.
8. I do feel now that I have the gun that the slide not locking back on the last bullet is annoying. I have made a few dry fires because I lost count. Sigpower.com sells an aftermarket magazine “follower” fix for this.
9. There are 2 versions of the 22Lr P226 – one with a “beavertail” and one without. I got the without which is a few dollars cheaper than the beavertail.
Where did you find the 9mm x-change kit for that price???
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