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P226: Why so expensive?

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

  1. Fordtough25


    Jan 25, 2011
    I held off from buying a Sig for years, always wanted to try a P226 but chose to enjoy my Glocks. Well I bought a new P226 earlier this year finally for ($820), man that is a fine handling and shooting firearm! Still love my Glock's but that P226 kicks butt!! And it was made here in the USA and works great!
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012


    Feb 16, 2001
    Just got a 226 SRT, SigNightSights, Aluminum grips all for $663 from Buds.

  3. Brian Brazier

    Brian Brazier

    Jan 20, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Thats a sweet deal, I sold one just like that minus the aluminum grips, the SRT is great
  4. ozy


    Oct 25, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga.
    have had way too many pistols that i care to admit, but the one/s that really impressed me immensly have the sigs. quality thru and thru and great shooters. took a bit of an adjustment, and further training, stepping off the glocks' platform, but the sigs are just great pistols.
  5. Pier23

    Pier23 Silver Member

    Feb 26, 2012

    And the thing for me is, I really, REALLY want to love my , but they just dont feel right to me. They are great tools, I am confident each and every one I have will go bang when desired...just not attached to them...
  6. jbglock

    jbglock Manos Arriba

    Aug 18, 2012
    Pure opinion. I can shoot the Glock accurately with a lot less effort. I can shoot a 226 as accurately but a lot slower. Which is best is a matter of opinion. Which is overpriced is not. I still remember when the 226 was higher than a Glock but still reasonably priced.
  7. dpadams6


    Jan 5, 2010
    Just take apart a sig and glock and compare parts. You will find the answer.
  8. jbglock

    jbglock Manos Arriba

    Aug 18, 2012
    Sure. Take apart any Sig P220 or 226 and see all those machine marks you aren't used to seeing in a Glock and you'll really wonder why you paid extra. :rofl:
  9. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    Polymer guns are less expensive to make than metal guns. That said, why did my HK cost so much?
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2012
  10. Infallible


    Aug 20, 2006
    not much machining in plastic injected mouldings, but of course most people who understand such things know this.

    FWIW I own 5 Glocks and 2 Sigs. As others have said, holding and shooting the Sigs, it just feels like quality. I enjoy owning and shooting psitols that firearm enthusiasts know and not one that is the Honda civic of the shooting world.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012
  11. taters


    Feb 6, 2007
    mays landing nj
    My sig p220 is the most accurate handgun I've ever fired.
    Love a single action pistol. Also tritium night sights. Plus I saw an hour program on how the sigs are made in the factory very impressive. I also have a p229. And lastly a glock 36.
  12. Gary1911A1


    Jun 14, 2005
    Ohio for now
    I'd like to have a 226 myself. About the best price is some CPOs' I've seen on at around $600. Every time I seem to get ahead on bills something else seems to go wrong. Maybe I'll treat myself at Xmas.


    Feb 21, 2012
    :wavey: We have them for $610 and glocktalk members always receive free shipping!
  14. thinkfast


    Aug 24, 2003
    As was mentioned, the intricate machining of high-grade aluminum is the main cost difference. The lockwork of the double action/decocker is a lot more intricate than the glock trigger design, too. I've also heard it said that traditional cut rifling like Sig barrels have is more expensive to cut than Glock's polygonal rifling. And it seems like there are more Sigs on dealer shelves wearing night sights than Glocks.

    Next thing you know you're 250.00-300.00 more than Glock. But if you drop 150.00 on an aftermarket Glock barrel so you can shoot lead bullets, and throw on a set of Trijicons for 100-ish, the gap starts to narrow quickly.

    It's so easy to tinker with and "upgrade" Glocks that it can be cheaper to buy a Sig!
  15. jbglock

    jbglock Manos Arriba

    Aug 18, 2012
    Have you ever run a CNC milling machine? It is actually pretty cheap to get set up to run aluminum frames vs. the mold required to do a polymer frame. Ongoing costs also favor CNC milling.

    Traditional cut rifling (a broach) is more expensive than hammer forged polygonal rifling? You need to research that a bit more.

    Even with both having night sights the cost of one vs. the other is more than can be accounted for unless you think of the economies of scale.

    I spent years shooting lead through a 23 and 23C barrel and other than some extra cleaning never had a problem. Same for a Sig with lead bullets. No problems other than extra cleaning.

    Let's really think about that. If you leave your Sig stock and spend a ton upgrading a Sig then in the end the Sig will be cheaper? Did you really think about that before writing it? Lets say the Glock is left stock. Now what? :rofl:
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  16. Wake_jumper


    May 3, 2007
    The same reason a BMW costs more than a Chevy.
  17. kodiakpb


    Jan 12, 2012
    I just won a 226 combat TB off GB. Hope it lives up to the hype.
  18. Infallible


    Aug 20, 2006
    Initial buy of the mold is expensive, after that its nothing but material cost. In machining aluminum you still have tooling requirements and not to mention having to have an actual operator inspecting the parts as tooling wears and the metal heats up from the cutting and coolant temps rising.

    What do I know about CNC maching? Well lets see I know how to program Fanuc and G-Code, and my family's machine shop had 4 CNC VMC workstations with the smallest one being Tree 1260. Our largest machine being a CNC Daewoo Boring bar (this was a Horizontal obviously). I worked there when I was younger after I had just got out of the USAF.

    We machined everything from paper plant machine manufacturing to aircraft spars to trucks for Oshkosh trucking to ship building to plastic injected molded frames for various projects. In other words, I've machined just about every type of steel aluminum brass bronze micarta plastic etc etc and know that aluminum is harder and more costly than plastic. Do you know that different types of aluminums are different to machine as well? You can not machine 7075 like can a 6061. You can cnc plastic as well and its even faster and more cost effective. I think I probably know more than you in this field.

    Of course you also forget or possibly did not know about the treating of the aluminum frames in the first place versus the plastic frame of a Glock. There are other costs involved.

    Again initial buy is the only expense. There was a reason why the Germans had made polygonal barrels for the mg42 during ww2. Since you didn't offer, I'll tell you, its because it was cheaper and easier and faster to manufacture. Polygonal rifling has been around since rifling itself, its not a new process. If it was the intricate ground breaking expensive technology you falsely preceived it to be, the Russians wouldn't have been churing out millions upon millions of AK47s for dirt cheap prices now would they?

    I'm not sure what you think you're intending by this statement, but its probably not what you think it is. You're wrong.

    Now what? I still have my Sigs and Glocks and can afford and appreciate both for what they are. Instead of trolling the Sig forums with your apparent outright jealousy, how about learning to act like a gentlemen isntead of a consumate ass?
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  19. Infallible


    Aug 20, 2006
    Its a fine pistol like most Sigs. It won't make you coffee in the morning or drive you to work but it will be a fine firearm.
  20. kodiakpb


    Jan 12, 2012
    Yeah I'm looking forward to it. I got it at below IOP pricing NIB so I think I got a good deal.