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Old 09-08-2012, 12:15   #1
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SIG P6 Review

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The SIG P6 has a long pedigree as a duty gun; it was issued to West German police in the mid-1970s and continued to serve until the fall of the Berlin Wall (even longer in other units). It's a DA/SA, 8+1, 9mm pistol built to the quality standards that SIG is known for. Here's some pros and cons of this pistol:

Pros:
-Feels extremely well built in the hand
-Has fed all FMJ and 115gr JHP ammo I've fed it flawlessly
-It can be found for under $400 from many online dealers
-Very good ergos; feels great in the hand
-Factory grips and front strap groves provide a positive grip in all elements
-Maintenance/cleaning is simple and straightforward
-SA trigger has less overtravel than most pistols of its' era and breaks cleanly
-DA trigger pull is smooth with P225 mainspring installed (I swapped mine out)
-Comes with a surplus duty holster, spare mag pouch, and 2 mags
-Uses standard SIG sights so there are a lot of aftermarket options available
-Gun seems to have very good inherent accuracy

Cons:
-The gun is large for a single stack 9mm by modern standards
-The P6 barrels made prior to 1989 are designed to feed FMJ rounds; may or may not feed JHPs reliably
-It comes with all black blade sights which I find difficult to pick up quickly
-The heavier (relative to P225) factory mainspring creates a DA pull that exceeds 12 lbs and is difficult to change (ask me how I know!)

Here's a video of me shooting the pistol from the 12m line, a tabletop discussion where I disassemble the gun and give some close up shots of the barrel/ramp and go over some of the pros/cons of the pistol, a side by side size comparison to a P229, and lastly a chronograph test of some modern defensive/carry loads through this gun:


All in all, this is a quality pistol and a great way to obtain a SIG pistol at a relatively low price point. I'm glad I bought it and would buy it again but for someone looking for a higher capacity pistol the surplus 228s that have hit the market may be a better option for slightly more money.

Chrono numbers:

Federal 124gr HST: 1101fps, 334 ft/lbs energy
Federal 124gr +p HST: 1103fps, 335 ft/lbs energy
Winchester Ranger 115gr JHP: 1103fps, 311 ft/lbs energy
Remington UMJ 115gr JHP: 1168fps, 348 ft/lbs energy

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Old 09-08-2012, 12:55   #2
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Great review, thanks for taking the time to do it. I have 2 of them and they are great guns. Because of the slim grip and it's soft shooting characteristics they are my wife's and daughters favorite range pistols. Thinking about having them refinished and some updated sights pretty soon.
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Old 09-08-2012, 14:31   #3
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It was in HEAT(the movie). I would buy one if they remade them, but maybe not cause sig likes RFID chips!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 14:33   #4
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How much different in size is it from a commander size 1911?
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I may end up with one some day to go with my 228.
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Old 09-08-2012, 15:11   #6
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P6

P6 is one of my favorite Sigs. Hard to find a better feeling grip for me than the P6/225 Sig. Good review thanks for posting.
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Old 09-08-2012, 15:55   #7
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How much different in size is it from a commander size 1911?
Its a little smaller. The Commander is basically and P220/226 sized pistol.

I had two of them. They are good guns, but do need a little tweaking to get them current. Plouffedaddy was dead on in his assessment in his review.

I had an early one (late 70's) and a late one (late 90's) and both fed hollow points without issue. Ive heard some of the earlier ones wont.

I replaced the stock sights with Meprolights. I had the tool, so it was an easy job. My early gun had the black sights, the later one had the current SIG bar/dot sights.

I got a spring kit and replaced all the springs in the earlier gun, as it looked like it needed it. The later gun was basically new, and showed little use or holster wear. The early gun had very little finish.

I also replaced the mainspring, and no, I dont dont have to ask.

Topgun Supply has an armorers CD that goes for about $20, and is worth more than you pay for it. It covers most of the P series SIG's, including the P225/P6, and has a specific section on doing the mainspring. There were a couple of versions, so it may be best to get the CD (may also be on youtube) before you go and order parts. Topgun Supply also has all the replacement parts you might need, as well as spring kits.
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Old 09-08-2012, 16:51   #8
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Nice P6! Great review as well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 18:14   #9
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Nice one, PD--thanks for the review!
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Old 09-08-2012, 18:40   #10
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Awesome. Congrats! :cool;

The P225 is one of my favorite Sigs.
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How much different in size is it from a commander size 1911?
I think they're a little smaller than a commander.
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It was in HEAT(the movie). I would buy one if they remade them, but maybe not cause sig likes RFID chips!!
That was a Sig P220 .45acp that old Robert used.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:27   #13
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Try Remington Golden Saber rounds through it. They feed great through mine where as other JHPs may not.
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Try Remington Golden Saber rounds through it. They feed great through mine where as other JHPs may not.
Thanks for the heads up. Mine had problems with any thing (HST, Gold Dot, Ranger, ect...) 124gr or larger; I didn't try any Golden Sabers though....

I think I'm just going to send the barrel to Customized Creationz though because everyone that's had it done says all HPs feed 100%. I figure for $50 it may be cheaper than continuing to try out different JHP rounds.
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Thanks for the heads up. Mine had problems with any thing (HST, Gold Dot, Ranger, ect...) 124gr or larger; I didn't try any Golden Sabers though....

I think I'm just going to send the barrel to Customized Creationz though because everyone that's had it done says all HPs feed 100%. I figure for $50 it may be cheaper than continuing to try out different JHP rounds.
That'll work too. Yea, one of my P6 pistols was an early one and it had trouble feeding any JHPs but when I tried the 147 Gr. Golden Sabers, it fedd them like it was designed for them. I suppose it's the long shape of the rounds. Good luck and safe shooting.
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Old 09-09-2012, 16:07   #16
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Nice review. The P6 is one of my favorite pistols!
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Old 09-09-2012, 17:34   #17
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I have two late-builds...Can't remember the date right now as they're both down in the safe. 2000 sticks in my head? Anyway, I bought one at a LGS and liked it so much I bought another online a few months later. The second one came and was unfired and only 6 guns away from when my first was built. Lucky I guess. The first one gets carried every now and then, the second sits in the box waiting for my son.
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