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The Sig Sauer P226 review




Adoptable,  reliable and adjustable, the Sig Sauer P226 is a handgun we highly recommend.

This was one of the first ever handguns we had a pleasure to review and is still what keeps our hearts warm at night. The Sig Sauer P226 is a prime choice for first firearm to purchase. It’s highly adoptable, flexible and really comfortable to use. As Sig was initially designed for law enforcer and military usage we can all agree this is a fine piece of equipment.

From 1984, the U.S. Army was trying to replace M1911 A1 Service Pistol and find suitable replacement. It wasn’t untill Beretta 92F and P226 came and gave them performances their required by specialized sidearm. U.S. Army after careful consideration opted for Beretta 92F over P226 but some years later Navy SEALS took P226 and adopted it as their secondary weapon of choice. Even in today’s modern world, law enforcer officer around the world still pick Sig Sauer P226 as their prime sidearm.

Design of the Sig Sauer P226

Double action or single action locked breech with short recoil managed pistol – the Sig Sauer P226 design is what makes it stand out of his competition. Even after first and final part of firing This means that during the first and then the final parts of the firing placement, the gun’s barrel and slide are locked in one place.

High quality materials such as aluminum alloy body and a nitron-coated stainless steel slide are were used while compacting this gun. Usage of these specific materials make these parts stronger and more resistant to high pressure which  .40 S&M and .357 Sig rounds provide. External hammer on this gun can be used by hand and allow for single action mode of the first shot.

For safety feature there is no manual safety we can use but a decocking lever is incorporated to allow the hammer to be decocked safely and just like that user can put it in double action mode. With decocking lever system, this gun is drop-safe, as it protects the firing pin from accidentally hitting and setting gun off.


P228 and P229 are sub variants of P226 and both designs were inspired by P226. We estimate there are 15 different P226 sub variants (“Tactical”, “the Equinox”, “the Navy” and “the MK25”) – to list just a few. Steel staggered double stack magazine is used while designing P226. And for .22 LR version there is a polymer single stack designed magazine.

Wide Selection of Calibers

The P226 is equipped with wide variety of calibers for everybody’s taste. Available calibers are .22 LR, 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W and .357 Sig. Switching between .40 caliber and .357 is easy with Sig Sauer P226. All you have to do is switch barrels from .40 to .357 and you are ready to fire second caliber from the same gun frame. It’s so easy to do, and fun to play around with.Sig used to steel conversion kits that were available for all versions of the P226 and they allowed caliber changes. Most of them are still accessible for purchase.

Conclusion, the Sig Sauer P226 is a stable, finely crafted handgun that would make any gun owner proud. It is number one purchase for any gun lover and will stay in your good memory for a long time.

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