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Old 11-11-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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Decisions, decisions; which 226?

Hello! I'm new to the forum and have the basic, first gun question. I'm after a 226 for competition shooting in Oz, so it has to be a 9mm with either a threaded barrel or an x-five, but I can't decide between the Elite Dark and the X-Five Tactical. I'm interested in service pistol comps.

Will either of these pistols limit my choice of matches I can shoot in and how do the two different trigger actions compare? ie, once in single action, how does the SRT on the SA/DA compare to the SAO trigger on the X-Five?

I was trained on revolvers, so I like the lack of an external safety, but guess new training can overcome that issue.

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Be advised, the selection of holsters is very, very limited if not non-exsistant for the 226s with the picatinny rail.
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The Elite Dark is what you want. As a long time IPSC shooter, I like my carry guns to have adjustable night sights. I want the bullet to impact exactly where I want. The adjustable night sights on the Elite Dark is excelent. I personally carry a ED P229 40s&w an it is a tactical tack driver.





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Thanks for the quick replies guys!

rdstrain49; do you mean the proper picatinny rails or the regular Sig rails?

On the subject of holsters; I like the look of the Sig Sauer polymer holster, or its IMI cousin, firmly fixed to an IPSC style belt. How good is this style of holster for service type matches? I'm used to a totally enclosed leather bucket and got quite quick with it, but those little frame things that IPSC shooters use look really fast!

Mystro; nice pics! I'm certainly leaning towards the Dark side! Any pics of your holsters?
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Journeyman; I believe mine has the "Picatinny" rail. It is a P 226 R purchased new last week. I looked up the birthday and it is March of 2010. I tried Blackhawk and Fobus holsters. Both were listed for P 226 and neither would fit. I contacted Blackhawk and was advised that they would not have a holster for the "new" P 226 for at least 6 month to a year. I also contacted Sig and they claimed to have a holster to fit.

I am impressed with the function and reliability of the weapon. Accuracy, not so much. Probably good enough for IDPA, but far from impressive. The lack of a Blackhawk holster, by far my favorite, is a real bummer.

All in all, I like the weapon. I did however pick up a Glock 34 to shoot next summer in IDPA. I really wanted to use the Sig, oh well.

Best of luck.
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I shoot USPSA and chose the X 5 AllRound because it's considered a production eligible gun. The DA on the X 5 is quite comparable to the SRT...I have it on my 226 Mk25 and 229 Equinox.

If those are your only two choices, I would go with the X 5...there is nothing like it for forward based weight, smoothness and feel in competition.
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