SiG P226 Pistols
By Jon Y. Wolfe
The SiGarms, Inc. 226 is a top quality, short recoil pistol with an automatic firing-pin safety, double-action/single-action trigger, de-cocking lever, and external slide catch lever. No external safeties are present.
The frame is made in Germany of an extremely light and durable alloy and the slide and frame are stainless steel, treated with Nitron® for durability and wear resistance. Although the slide is stainless, the finish is a dull matte black.
The P226 has an average 2004 retail price of $745 based on the quotes I received from four reputable gun stores within a 100 mile radius of my home. The Glock 17 is averaging $529 in the same area, and the Beretta 92FS is averaging $609. I consider these to be the SIG's closest competitors when it comes to performance, durability, and safety.
The safety features of the P226 are the best I've seen on an autoloader. There are several safety components that should be mentioned.
The P226 is a full size handgun. It weighs in at 28.3 ounces. The barrel is 4.4 inches long and has a 1 in 10" twist. Trigger pull weight in single action stage is 4.5 pounds, and although there is some over-travel, creep is minimal and the trigger has a clean break. In double action stage, the trigger is smooth and the quality of the firearm is easily apparent. Trigger pull in double action is purported to be 10 pounds.
The sights feature white dot and bar inserts and are drift adjustable, but elevation is fixed. To adjust for elevation you must replace the sights with a higher or lower number combination. Each rear sight change in an up or down increment will change the point of impact 2 inches in the respective direction at 25 yards. A one-increment change on the front sight will move the point of impact 1 inch at 25 yards.
In summary, the classic SiG P226 pistols are very fine autoloaders. The practical accuracy, compact design, durable Nitron® treatment of external surfaces, and superior quality justify this handgun's retail price.
Note: There are two full length SiG P-226 reviews on the Product Reviews page.
Copyright 2004, 2012 by Jon Y. Wolfe. All rights reserved.