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Old 11-27-2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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Questions/problems about my Certified Pre-Owned P226

Hello - I ordered a CPO P226 and it arrived at my dealer today. S/N 421xxx, West German. Cosmetically it looks great. I even think the barrel may even be new, because it does not have any wear marks on the top part; it's very shiny. My concern is with the trigger. There are two issues: One - when I slowly pull the trigger back, during the take up portion, there is some grittiness of some sort. It's hard to explain, but it does not feel perfectly smooth, almost like it is binding a bit. Once the take up is complete, however, the trigger pull in itself is very crisp with no creep. Two - the SA trigger pull is heavier than I expected. My FFL measured it at about 5 pounds. Sig advertises 4.4 pounds for SA. Now I know that is not a major difference, but I can feel it, and it's heavier than I expected. (I am going to use this mainly as a range gun). The reason I'm concerned about these two issues is that I've handled a SIG 226 before and did not encounter these issues. I have the option of sending it back and getting a replacement at no charge. Of course, the next one could be worse, so that is always a risk. So ... for those of you who actually own a P226, what are your thoughts and opinions? Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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Detail strip and clean the trigger group.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:52 PM   #3
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Some CPOs are trade-ins that were never used much (possibly not at all), so you may just have a trigger that still needs breaking in. But SnakeShooter's advice is still valid--try that as a first step, even though CPOs are supposedly ultrasonically cleaned as part of the factory refurbishment.

BTW, if you have an all-German gun it should have matching serial numbers on the frame, slide, and barrel. If the SN on the barrel doesn't match the others, then your suspicion that the barrel may be new is correct.
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welcome from az.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:23 PM   #5
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Heck, you could clean the components AND do a tiny bit of polishing. If you are getting the "stacking" feeling, look really, really, REALLY close at the firing pin safety where it engages with the little bar that pushes it out of the way. You can take some jeweler's polishing stones and clean up the engaging surfaces if they're rough, saving you 500 dry fires (lol) worth of work. Also look at the trigger bar region and grease it just a bit if it looks rough. Do a general check of all sliding and rolling surfaces where metal rubs during the trigger stroke.

No, I do not recommend ANY amateur gunsmithing unless you understand the repercussions of your actions, whether they be good or bad. I am studying to be a mechanical engineer and have been working on firearms since I was twelve. I gave my uncles M&P40 a $100 action job in an hour time frame. My other uncle said the handgun felt like it had just come from a custom shop. With time, patience, and self-education, gunsmithing can be accomplished on a decent work bench without forking over the dough.
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Not all P226s will have the same trigger pull especially when new. Personally I would not worry about it. Most likely after you fire it a bit it will smooth out. The SA trigger pull is fine and another .5 will not make a difference and most likely will get lighter with some use. You mention the trigger pull is very crisp and no creep which IMO means the trigger action overall is pretty good. If you otherwise like that P226 I say it is a keeper.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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it's a cpo, not new.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:33 AM   #8
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i would start with cleaning as stated, add a bit of lube to moving parts. that should clear all issues up. good luck
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Sirsigalot here:
You have a right to be concerned about the trigger, as i did with glock trigger ,until an old man told me i was acting like a girl. His exact words were who cares about glock finger just as long as the gun is reliable
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Sirsigalot here:
You have a right to be concerned about the trigger, as i did with glock trigger ,until an old man told me i was acting like a girl. His exact words were who cares about glock finger just as long as the gun is reliable
Sure, but he was talking about a $450 plinker, not a Sig.
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Thanks all, I decided to keep it based on your advice, plus the fact that I really like the crisp trigger pull and didn't want to risk the next one being worse. I did notice one thing when I got it home -- the front sight is off center a bit. It looks like that's the way was orignally installed; I don't see any tool marks or scratches. Maybe that is what they consider "within normal limits." (Although I don't.) After I shoot it, I'll drift it accordingly if necessary.
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If the barrel has been replaced, the trigger may have also. If the slide looks good, you may have done real well.
Think about it after 3 or 400 rounds go downrange. I understand Sig puts a bit of grit in there to wear it in and smooth it quickly.
I put just a drop of oil on my 938 after, and made a world of difference.
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If the barrel had been replaced it would not have a serial number that matches the frame - probaly no serial number at all.

Lately it seems that SIG has been refinishing the slide, frame, barrel, and recoil rod on CPOs from reports that I have read from members of the SIGforum who have purchased CPO P228s and P226s. It used to be that SIG would only refinish the slide and only if it needed it.

CPOs can be great values and I own two myself that I purchased three years ago and they have been terrific pistols.
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I haven't field-stripped the gun but there is no visible S/N on the barrel hood. I can look elsewhere if you want me to.
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The serial number may not be visible until the barrel is removed from the pistol - that is the way it is on my P226 and P228.
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