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Old 12-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #1
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226 Recommendations

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I have been scoping the forum out for a while in hopes of guidance selecting a p226. Trap and skeet have been my sport of choice, and I decided itís probably time to get into pistols. I've shot a few 1911ís, a 92fs, and an S&W 29. Iíve got a decent handle on the differences between the models, and Iím really just looking for a target gun, but I was wonder what you guys think are the more commonly selected features? So far I've narrowed it down to a 9mm but beyond that Iím frankly a little lost. Is a SRT trigger worth getting off the bat, what sights or grips? Is it better to get the 22LR and get the X-Change kit or vice versa? I know that you canít really go wrong with a Sig, but there are just too many options.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:43 PM   #2
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I own the 226 Tacops myself. comes standard with the SRT set-up,Siglite rear sights and a Tru-glo front sight, magwell grips and 4 20 round mags in 9mm. the SRT is a pretty sweet feature right out of the box in my opinion. you can also get a 22 kit for it. i also have a threaded barrel that came stock on mine and i spent just under 1100 out the door. i have the made in America mags that a lot of ppl complain about but haven't had any issues myself with them. Overall its a hell of a gun if you just wanna get all the extra stuff on it right out the box and be ready to play!
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Sounds like you've made some good choices so far; the SIG P220/226/229/239 are all of the same basic design that is at the foundation of the SIG reputation IMO. There is a robust aftermarket support for these models. The 9mm is the less expensive round to shoot with the exception of .22.

I consider sights, grips and even triggers to be elements that the user can adapt to their liking/needs as they develop. I started with a basic 229 and have installed a sort reach trigger, aftermarket night sights and grips. I've considered installing the SRT but at this point in my shooting/gun owning experience I don't think a fraction of an inch shorter reset in SA would be of much value to me. That may change in the future.

The 226 Classic 22 typically sell for less than the larger caliber 226's. I think if you shop wisely for one and the caliber exchange kit you can get the whole package for less than going the other way (i.e., buying the 226 9mm and a .22 conversion kit). Not sure that I understand SIG's pricing strategy in that.

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an old school, early '90's 226, welcome from az.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #5
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Any P226 will be a good purchase. the design and ergonomics and shootability of this 9mm are overshadowed by very few 9mm offerings out there. I would only give a slight edge to the CZ75 in those regards. sorry glock 17/19 fans, it may be reliable but it feels like **** and the trigger is a joke compared to the sig. You will be happy with any model you pick. I would personally find the one with the highest magazine capacity and a good set of night sights. no reason to pass up capacity for looks, especially if you live in a state that doesnt limit the capacity you can have.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #6
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In the pantheon of 9mm, I'd have to put the P226 at the top, with the Browning Hi-Power as a close #2 and the CZ-75 rounding out my top 3.

I'd give my full view on Glocks, but I did so recently on the SigForum and got kicked off for being too robust in my opinion. I know I can get rather foamed up, but I'm still baffled about getting kicked off of a Sig forum for crowing about Sigs and defaming Glocks....

Oh well.

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IMHO... I would get the basic model P226-R. Use the money you save on practice ammo. The rail will allow you to mount a tactical light, laser, or light-laser combo in case you decide to use it for home protection in the future.
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Its a tuff call really. I have a SP-01 Phantom that has gained my ultimate faith in a gun. The CZ-75 platform isnt for everyone though. The slide is funky to maniupulate and the parts, especially the barrel, can seem to look cheap. Never had an FTE, FTF, or any other problem with it though, and it is the only gun that i can say that about. Even my west german 226 failed me a time or two, but it was used and had been shot alot. Never handled a high power, but ive heard nothing but good about them...kinda similar to the cz75 in alot of areas. The 226 is definitely a beast of a gun, and the fact you can have it in 40 or 357 sig is even more icing on the cake. Ive shot all three calibers in the 226 and the 9mm is the most natural shooting. You can tell the engineers designed it for that round. Its softer shooting than my CZ and rapid follow up shots are a breeze. I hope i dont get booted for sharing unbiased thoughts...
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I was a big fan of beavertails so normally I would be drawn to the Elite version of the P226 but i went with the P226R and I am very happy with it. I can upgrade everthing except the front serrated slide which I do not need at my own convenience.
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I hope i dont get booted for sharing unbiased thoughts...
Does that happen here? That would suck to get double tapped on SIG forums...

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Me too! As I am NOT a Glock fan-boy. They have their place. Just not in my hand!
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To the op,
If you can afford it I would get the srt and purchase the caliber you're wanting
Not the one you'll be practicing with to save money
Grips and sights can always be exchanged out as they are more of a personal thing anyways
Many sigs come with night sights out of the box as well so that's a plus for me as I prefer them
The 226 is an excellent platform and will serve you well...good choice
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If you are not going to carry, or even if you are, X5 Allround is a great gun. A little more money, but more accurate. More money later if you decide to trade, too.
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The P226 is a fabulous gun. Sturdy, reliable and accurate.
I chose the DAK model only because I'm a revolver guy and am used to the double action trigger. Never could get comfortable with the DA/SA setup and the decocking lever. Just me.
You might want to consider the .40 S&W version. With it you can also shoot 9mm with a conversion barrel and 9mm magazine.
Not sure you can convert from 9mm to .40 S&W. Maybe others have an opinion on that.
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