Which Sig P226?
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September 24th, 2008 11:16 PM
Which Sig P226?
I've been researching Sigs for my next gun (you know, the perfect carry gun that doesn't exist) and would like some opinions. I also have some questions.
Some background info: I'm currently leaning 9mm. I own guns in 9mm, .45, and others, and am not keen on adding another caliber (.40), although my preference isn't set in stone. I currently carry a large .45 so concealing a P226 won't be an issue. I'm looking for something with a higher capacity and with which I can get quicker followup shots. I'm not interested in a single stack or a smaller gun. I already have other lower-capacity guns and other smaller guns.
Sights and a light trigger are important to me since both help me shoot better, so I have listed some info on these. I like the DA/SA, no-safety trigger configuration, so I'm not currently interested in the DAK or the SAO. All the options I've listed are DA/SA, but one also has the SRT option. Cost isn't a major consideration. If I want one that costs more, I'll save longer.
Here are four 9mm's I'm considering in order of cost (although as I said that isn't a significant issue, but perhaps a minor factor). Note: all listed benefits and cons are my perceptions only and may not be accurate. Feel free to comment.
1. Standard P226. Can order with SIGLIGHT night sights.
Benefits: if none of the extras are worthwhile, no sense in paying for them.
2. SCT. TFO red front sight, SIGLITE rear sights.
Benefits: TFO for my aging eyes, two sight colors, and comes with 4 20-round mags ($92 apiece if bought separately).
Con: if a 15-round mag won't fit this gun, that's a major con for some carry options.
+ $100 over standard P226 with nightsights
3. Blackwater. Red front and green rear SIGLITE sites.
Benefits: Two sight colors, SS slide finished black, comes with 5 15-round mags and extra grips. Grips fit a little better than standard, but I'm ranking this as only a minor benefit. I can live with standard grips.
+ $180 over standard P226 with nightsights
4. Elite. SIGLIGHT night sites.
Benefits: SRT trigger, also comes in SS. Grips fit a little better than standard, but I'm ranking this as only a minor benefit.
Con(?): Will the beaver tail poke me in the gut if I wear it around 2-2:30, or will a good holster eliminate that?
Black Elite + $150 over standard P226
SS Elite + $290 over standard P226
How good are the SIGLITE night sights?
How would the TFO front sight hold up in a carry gun?
Will a 15-round mag fit in the SCT?
How much of a difference does the SRT trigger make?
How does the black finish hold up?
What is your opinion of the SS finish?
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September 25th, 2008 12:05 AM
To me, the SIGLITE sights are too small--I have them on my P226.
I have TruGlo TFOs on my P229 and will put TFOs on my P239 and P226 (all .40) when I get home. Save your money on the SIGNITE sights and go for the TFOs.
I'm a fan of the .40, but do enjoy shooting 9mm...I think you are good either way. What do you prefer/enjoy shooting better?
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September 25th, 2008 12:17 AM
I have only shot a .40 in Glock, and only one mag, so not much to compare. I didn't notice any significant difference in the recoil of the Glock .40 vs. my XD .45, but I just assume I'll generally be able to control a 9mm better than a .40 in other guns.
Originally Posted by SIGguy229
I'm going to an event this weekend where there will be lots of guns to try. I hope there are some Sigs available.
Thanks for the info on the sights. I was wondering if the SIGSITES were worth the money. They did look small. I prefer large, neon signs on my sights if available.
September 25th, 2008 09:20 AM
A standard 226 in 9mm was my first SIG. Be careful SIGs are like potato chips, you can't have just one!
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September 25th, 2008 09:45 AM
+1, you gotta have at least two.
Originally Posted by rstickle
September 25th, 2008 09:58 AM
I carry and shoot IDPA with a 226 SCT in 9mm. Great pistol.
A couple notes.
The TFO sight on the front of the SCT is green (unless they've changed it).
Standard capacity (17 round) magazines fit just fine.
You won't regret any 226 - in my experience the are as reliable as a brick, accurate and easy to shoot.
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September 25th, 2008 10:54 AM
I also carry a standard P226 (.40) and shoot in USPSA and IDPA and think it is really a great gun. Mine has over 10,000 rounds shot and the only malfunction was a handload without powder.
I have put the TFO sight on my P226 and my Kimber. The 226 has held up great. The Kimber is on it's third replacement for cracking under recoil. The only disadvantage is Kydex holsters will occasionally give fit problems because the sight is higher than stock. (Matrix and Comp Tac)
For looks I like the Equinox better than the Elite but that is an anti beavertail thing for me. The SRT is worth every penny and you will of course get the SRT included with the Elite.
If this was just a carry gun I would get the 229. All the same features and capacities only slightly smaller but carries better.
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September 25th, 2008 01:22 PM
At least go and shoot a P-220 before you buy... I think it's the best SIG made!
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September 25th, 2008 01:57 PM
Stock 226. I do a "dot-conversion" on the factory sights, so that its same-same as the XS front, without the new PVC ball. Night sights are not exactly a "pro" with me, and I have my reasons, though some won't agree.
Buy stock, get mags & ammo.
September 25th, 2008 03:41 PM
I think your money is better spent on a standard 226, add exactly what you want to it after you have had it for awhile and know exactly what you want.
Its hard to beat a 9mm 226. Its one of the finest combat guns ever made.
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September 25th, 2008 06:14 PM
You are right about Sigs being like potato chips. I like the P-6 so much and it seemed so lonely added the 229 in 40 S&W
September 25th, 2008 09:07 PM
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September 26th, 2008 12:41 AM
I traded my 226 standard in for the 226 Elite..I love the looks of this gun. It shoots great and I have the 20 round magazine that fits flush too. But I carry my Sig 220 "Carry" with Hogue rubber grips. I am hoping to purchase the nice grips like the Elite has for my 220, but Sig website is always out of stock.
+2 on the can't have just 1 Sig...I keep fondling the 229's every chance I get :)
September 29th, 2008 07:23 PM
I love my Blackwater. It's my favorite range gun. With the new MecGar mags, I've got 18 and 1 in the pipe. With three mags, that's 55 rounds.
The Blackwater has the front cocking serrations, which are good for press check.
I had a short reset trigger installed, and replaced the unsatisfactory red front sight with a TFO.
However, I carry a Smith 1911 because it conceals easily.
My next Sig will be a 226 Elite. I already own a 229 elite in .40 and a TT 228.
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