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Here's a pic of my favorite 9mm...a SIG SAUER P226...made in West Germany in 1988, which I bought used for $400 off a friend whose brother ( deceased ) had carried it alot and shot it little. I just swapped out the original recoil and firing pin springs with a Wollf 15lb (factory standard) package.



The P226 was designed for entry into the XM9 Service Pistol Trials (Joint Service Small Arms Program), which were held by the US Army in 1984 on behalf of the US armed forces to find a replacement for the M1911A1. Only the Beretta 92F and the SIG P226 satisfactorily completed the trials. According to a GAO report, Beretta was awarded the M9 contract for the 92F due to better durability during endurance testing and a lower total package price. The P226 cost less per pistol than the 92F, but SIG's package price with magazines and spare parts was higher than Beretta's. The Navy SEALs, however, chose to adopt the P226 later.
 

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I've never really been crazy about Sigs. They shoot great, but I'm not a fan of the DA/SA action. The only DA/SA that I like are the FNH .45 Tactical and the HK USP .45. But I'll tell you one thing, that Scorpion they came out with makes for an AWESOME gun. I would love to get my hands on one.
 

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I just gotta say that Sigs trigger on the P226 is the best I have ever felt, both actions.
 

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Thanks for the motivation. Just googled it. Didn't realize it was that old... No wonder the sights are getting dimmer. Are the german ones better guns?
 

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The P226 was designed for entry into the XM9 Service Pistol Trials (Joint Service Small Arms Program), which were held by the US Army in 1984 on behalf of the US armed forces to find a replacement for the M1911A1. Only the Beretta 92F and the SIG P226 satisfactorily completed the trials. According to a GAO report, Beretta was awarded the M9 contract for the 92F due to better durability during endurance testing and a lower total package price. The P226 cost less per pistol than the 92F, but SIG's package price with magazines and spare parts was higher than Beretta's. The Navy SEALs, however, chose to adopt the P226 later.
Interesting. I'd heard the 226 was superior in every way, but the contract went to Beretta because they agreed to build a plant here. By the way Shooter, if you happen upon another 226 for $400, drop old Donn a PM.
 

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The German built ones are preferred by collectors...but I can't say better.

OK Donn...you'll be the first to know !
 

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I've shot alot of Sig's, never had a problem with any of them, they just never really tripped my trigger so to speak. Here's the only one I've ever owned.
 

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So I probably shouldn't have heat stippled the original grips.... I was looking into a set of g10 g mascus grips from houge, but $130 I'll put it off for a while....
 

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Yea...that probably wasn't a good idea. Oh well, live and learn.

G mascus grips ?!...
 
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