Fun to shoot a Sig again - the P226R - pics, of course...
I've always liked a Sig. I hadn't been shooting or carrying a Sig much lately; I've been leaning toward the 1911 platform, but I wanted to shoot something different today, so back to the Sig 226R I went.
A while back, I ordered a Raven Concealment holster that would accommodate this gun with a Viridian CL5 laser/light attached, so that's how I carried and shot it. This is an older pic, but this is the setup and the LaserMax UniMax was just in the pic - I didn't use it.
The P226R comes in both the DA/SA and DAK models, this one is a DA/SA. The SA breaks right at 4 lbs 4 oz and really clean. Sig spec's the trigger at 4.5 lbs. The DA trigger pull is right at 10 lb 6 oz - a bit heavy if you ask me, but that's pretty typical of DA/SA guns. In fact some are as high as 12 lbs.
This one also has the short trigger, the short reset (SRT), and the enhanced grip. Anyone should be able to reach the trigger with this set up.
You may have noticed I have the mag release reversed; I really like operating the mag release with the trigger finger; it's faster an requires less gun motion.
This particular gun has a bit of the infamous slide to frame rattle. It's very minimal; not nearly as bad as I have seen. The funny thing is, it doesn't seem to affect accuracy, as you shall see.
Before I get to the target, I have to admit, I really don't know how I do this. I've done this numerous times before with two different brands and types of guns. In the past, I just wrote it off to one of those once in a lifetime things, but if that's the case, I should now be about a thousand years old. I wish I could say, if you do this, then.....but I can't. My eyes weren't even working as well as I would have liked. I could not get that nice clean sight picture. Apparently the brain sees more than what I see, or somehow knows what to do.
So here it is - 4 shots, off-hand, 15 yards at a 3" dot. All were SA and with the SigLite sights. The laser was mounted, but I didn't have the Allen wrench to adjust it, so I didn't use it. Did I mention the gun shoots low? I had to adjust my hold, still...This was the only dot I shot at 15 yards.
and a closer look - 3 shots are in a 7/16" ctr-to-ctr group and the fourth makes it a 1-1/4" group. I can't hold the gun responsible for the wide shot at all; I knew when I shot it, it was gonna be off a bit; I really thought I missed it by more than that.
There might be ground to question where the four shots are. One, the first shot, is just off the red dot, the second hit beside and a bit low from the first and the third hit almost on top of the second. It's hard to see from the pic; it's more obvious on the target itself. Of course it could be I had two shots together, one off to the right and the fourth completely missed the dot, the head, and the target. I don't think so! Seriously, it's clear from the target.
I didn't make pics of the rapid fire; that was fun, but I didn't time them so they would be pretty much meaningless. It requires as much of my mental focus for the fast stuff as the long stuff. The rapid fire was fun and moderately fast, but the SigLites are not the fastest sights to pick up in rapid fire, especially when it's a black dot. Even on the orange they're slower.
As for the C5L laser/light, here's a pic of rapid fire target I shot at 7 yds using the laser about a year ago; of course you have no sense of the time, but I recall being impressed with the speed with the laser:
Needless to say, I'll have to carry this gun for awhile until I want something different once again, and so the circle will begin all over again.
Anyway, fun day at the range - kinda makes up for those frustrating days. I'm certainly re-impressed with the Sig P226, and I expect the P229 would perform about the same.