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P226: Why so expensive?

Discussion in 'The Sig Sauer Club' started by AKRover, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    I'm new to Sigs and I can't quite see what it is that makes the P226 worth so much more than a Glock or other similar pistol.

    I was talking to a friend that used to be a cop that traded his P226 for a Dan Wesson 44 revolver. I was surprised that they were that valuable even used.

    I'm getting a Sig 1911 Extreme. I know Sig makes quality firearms but what makes the P226 so much better?
  2. I think one of the reasons is the collectable value of the model at present. It is supposedly the arm that killed Bin Laden and it is issued to SEAL teams. I have a friend who retired from NSW and he owns one. Looking at it, I see no real difference from any other SIG arm in terms of quality or function. Fine arm, but it is still just a 9mm semi-auto full sized pistol.

    I think that the hype and mystique of the model with eventually die down. Maybe then there will be a few used ones to be found at reasonable prices, if you are so inclined as to have to have one.

  3. glock_collector


    Dec 23, 2011
    Sig charges ya upfront to help defer warranty costs...(throw now!!!)
  4. phalanxr


    Oct 29, 2011
    I bought a Sig p226 E2 basic model, spent $40 on an SRT trigger kit and bruce guns practical upgrade kit...

    Less than $800 total, shoots as good as my TRP 1911
  5. Snowman92D


    Oct 6, 2001
    I guess I live so far back in the woods that they gotta pipe in the sunshine, so I hadn't heard that any sort of handgun was involved. Sound pretty interesting, though. Could you fill me in, or steer me to a source where I can learn more?
  6. DonGlock26


    Jan 18, 2001
    The main reason is the machined high grade aluminum alloy. The machining is complex. Polymer is easy to make frames with. I suggest looking at a Sig SP2022. It is everything that a classic Sig is with the advantages of a poly frame at a price around $400.
  7. Comedian


    Aug 3, 2010
    You can get a certified pre owned Sig for around $600. Look on Gunbroker.
  8. jlruiz32


    Feb 21, 2012
    San Antonio,TX
    I got my P226 cpo off Guns america for $550. It's W. German model with matching serial numbers. It's a beautiful handgun and shoots great. I also got a sp 2022 recently and its every bit as accurate as my P226.
  9. AKRover

    AKRover 10MM Fanatic

    Jun 22, 2012
    Kenai, Alaska
    Thanks for the info. Not really in the market right now so this was purely out of curiosity. Always hear good things about Sig P226s
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I'd look for an older German model on Gunbroker.

    I can't stand the new models built in the USA. I don't like anything Sig builds here.


    Feb 21, 2012
  12. fowler


    May 27, 2004
    The 226 is the finest 9mm combat pistol made today bare none. Second place is the Glock 17 and Browning Hi-power tied.
  13. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    I am new to Sigs myself, but have ended up with 3 P220s and a .40 P226...

    For good or ill, there are more parts to a Sig compared to a Glock, which famously has 36 parts.

    Also as noted, machining metal costs more than polymer.

    Finally is the name.

    Having said that, the Sigs I have just plain FIT me. The Glocks are fine tools, very accurate and reliable. Hickok45 blasts Glocks out to 280 yards and hits an 8" plate with the Glock 23...

    But...the Sigs to me just feel right.
  14. Yankee2718


    Nov 23, 2010
    I think it's a toss up. I have a P229 in .40 and it's a nice gun, but it's been high maintenance ever since I bought it. Granted it was used. I always try to move away from Glock but the darn things just work. I personally don't think that Sigs are worth their price.

    Nice guns, not worth $800+
    Glock got-r-done at half the price. At the end of the day both do the same thing. Launch a metallic projectile out a steel tube. A true shooter will be able to adapt to any weapon system and use it with enough proficiency to be able to do the job.
  15. jlruiz32


    Feb 21, 2012
    San Antonio,TX
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  16. he's a good guy to buy from too...very helpful...

  17. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012
    i guess as with most can drive a Corolla or an Acura TLX. Both get you to your destination, but one mode is more enjoyable than the other.
  18. tango44


    Jun 16, 2005
    Miami Florida
    $600 for a used gun, no thank you, please make mine a Glock.
  19. Brian Brazier

    Brian Brazier

    Jan 20, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Sig's do cost more than a Beretta or CZ, but people are willing to pay cause they know they are buying a quality product, and they hold their value. I have never had to send a Sig in for anything, but I have needed replacement parts a couple times and they have never charged me for them. Polymer guns are great, if thats what you want, personally the only polymer gun I will ever own is my LCP. I perfer steel and or aluminum framed handguns, and after having a Glock blow up right next me, I will never own a Glock, I dont trust them and never will. But thats me everyones different, if you want a Sig like others have pointed out the CPO is a great way to go, I have a CPO P226, and it is a very solid shooter. If the cost of a new one is to high, you may want to look at the CZ 75 or Beretta 92, if your looking for a steel gun.
  20. I compete with Glocks, love them, trust them enough to carry. They are relatively inexpensive to buy and maintain. But, I typically carry either a SIG P220 or SIG 1911 Scorpion. In all fairness, my Glocks are set up for competition with light triggers and so forth, and I carried the same 2-pin G17 daily for years until it became a range queen. Still carry it now and then.

    My SIG's are all tack-drivers. I have an old German 225 that is so accurate it is scary. I bought it as a summer carry and classic carry for BBQ's but it is so amazingly accurate it has become a safe queen. Doesn't hurt that it still looks showroom new.

    If I had to get down to only one, it would probably be my 220 Elite, with its .22lr conversion kit for flexibility.

    Glocks are Chevrolets, SIG's are Cadillacs. And I mean that with all due respect to each brand. You really can't go wrong.