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This is a discussion on Durability of the 2022 vs 226 within the SIG Sauer Pistols forums, part of the SIG Sauer Forum category; Originally Posted by bearone2 they've lasted 25 years or so with decent maintenance. just wondering, do you own a classic 226, i do, ke/'94. It's ...


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Old 10-21-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
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they've lasted 25 years or so with decent maintenance.

just wondering, do you own a classic 226, i do, ke/'94.
It's not really the years that wears a handgun, it's the round count. I think any handgun with aluminum rails/tracks will eventually wear faster than one with steel rails.

The polymers with four rail points have the least amount of friction, and should wear more slowly, assuming same quality per each handgun compared.
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I give the nod to the Sig Pro because of the replaceable steel rails. Once a softer P226 rail goes, it's pretty much shot.
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Honestly, I think we're making a tempest in a teacup here. As KennyD said in the second post, both are extremely well-built pistols that will last a lifetime (or likely more) if well cared for.

The 226 has the advantage of a long and proven track record that the 2022 does not have. As a 2022 owner, I have absolutely no problem conceding that.

But at the same time, I'm not at all worried I'll ever wear out my polymer Sig.
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Ordered my 2022 9mm on whim. Just need something for an upcoming glass. It's been so smooth, pleasant and issue-free so far -- and I've got a 1,000 or 2,000 downrange with it -- I can't imagine it's going to be much of an issue.

Was never much of a polymer guy, either, until this pistol. It just feels and shoots exceptionally well for me. I don't know if the grip is to my liking, there's something in the "high axis" theory or what. But mine comes into my hand and up to my eyes natural as all get out.

Would I mind a 226? Hell no, I wouldn't! But, for now, feeling pretty good with this one.
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There are Glock frames out there that have over a million rounds through them. There are original WWII 1911 frames still in use with the Marine Corps that have an estimated 200,000 or more rounds through each one. I've never seen an alloy frame even begin to approach those type of numbers. I'd say 50,000 rounds max, which a majority will probably start breaking at around 35,000.

The real question is does it even matter to the average shooter? Probably not. 35k rounds at $10 a box 9mm is $7000 worth of ammo. From an engineering standpoint, aluminum will fail the earliest do to its high plasticity and its work-hardening properties. However, I still buy aluminum framed pistols. Heck, I just bought a S&W 915 yesterday.

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The real question is does it even matter to the average shooter? Probably not.
I think that's the key phrase there. To most people it really doesn't matter. I shoot a lot, probably several thousand rounds over the course of a year. But spreading that out over several firearms, even I'm unlikely to wear out a polymer or an aluminum frame in the course of my lifetime. And even if I do, I'll have gotten my money out of the gun first.

And let us know how the S&W 915 is. I still regret not buying a 910 back many years ago when they were relatively new to the market.
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I have a P30 with 12,300 rounds through it. I shoot approximately 300 rounds every time I go to the range. I expect to put another 10K through that particular P30 in 2013. I like my P226, but I wouldn't begin to expect it to hold up to the standards of a modern polymer. They simply weren't designed to do so.
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I think if you take care of a 2022 it would last a lifetime with proper maintenance... I don't see a company like sig coming out with a firearm that wouldn't last.
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There are Glock frames out there that have over a million rounds through them. There are original WWII 1911 frames still in use with the Marine Corps that have an estimated 200,000 or more rounds through each one. I've never seen an alloy frame even begin to approach those type of numbers. I'd say 50,000 rounds max, which a majority will probably start breaking at around 35,000.

The real question is does it even matter to the average shooter? Probably not. 35k rounds at $10 a box 9mm is $7000 worth of ammo. From an engineering standpoint, aluminum will fail the earliest do to its high plasticity and its work-hardening properties. However, I still buy aluminum framed pistols. Heck, I just bought a S&W 915 yesterday.
Well said.

The SIGPro is actually a steel-on-steel design.

A steel-on-aluminum design is inherently less desireable.

But less than what?

I have owned 226's and now the 2022 and 220. SIG 2022's and 226's {and 220's}....if made well...are among the best 3 or 4 of pistols ever made.

Put 10 226's and 10 2022's in a gunny sack and close your eyes, reach in and grab one.

Can't go wrong.
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I think if you take care of a 2022 it would last a lifetime with proper maintenance... I don't see a company like sig coming out with a firearm that wouldn't last.
have you ever seen this list?
Discontinued Pistols
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have you ever seen this list?
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Those pistols have been discontinued for various reasons, not just durability. Many were discontinued simply to simplify the product catalog and make room for new products. I would also believe that some of those probably did not sell well enough to justify keeping around.

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& many of them were dogs, the 2 best of the eliminated bunch were the 220 & 226st.
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