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Questions on the p226 in 9mm

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by OctoberRust, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    Hey guys, have a few questions on the p226 in 9mm.

    I know this is a rather subjective question/answer, but does the weight in this gun make a big difference in terms of felt recoil compared to say, a glock 19? I ask because I'd like something bigger than .22 that's still enjoyable for my gf and mom to shoot when they go to the range with me, and would hope this may open up my gf to using a bigger caliber for self defense.

    Also, the 18 round mec gar magazines, are these flush fitting with the p226 pistol, or do they stick out?
     
  2. Beanie-Bean

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    Well for me, the gun shoots very well, and is very, very accurate in terms of putting rounds where you want them to go. I have a Mk 25 and an Extreme model. Both are different in terms of feel (grips, triggers, even the reset point on the triggers.)

    I have the 18-round Mec Gar magazines , and they stick out just a little bit, like a thick baseplate.

    I think you'll like them as soon as you get a chance to shoot one :supergrin:
     
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  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    The extra few ounces of weight does help with felt recoil. Less snap, more push.

    Don't know about the Mec-Gar 18-rounders. I only had the flush fit Mec-Gars 15-rounders.
     
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    I love the way Sigs shoot in comparison to Glocks. I shoot them much better.
     
  5. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    Thanks guys.

    You were kind of supposed to tell me they suck, so I don't have to go out and spend 550-600$ on a p226. :supergrin:
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    American SIGs suck. There, does that make you feel better?
     
  7. dnuggett

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    American Sigs have a bad rap with some folks. Personally I've never had an issue with the 4 I own. And yes they get shot, a lot.

    My 226 Combat model goes to the range every week and does 150-200 fail free rounds each and every week. Two weeks ago it did 600 in a day. No issues just repeated fail free shots that went where I thought they'd go... until I pushed myself past my limits then they went where I put them, but not where I thought they were going.

    I used to carry a standard 229 .40- lost track of round count but again, never an issue.


    On recoil the 226 is one of the "calmest" 9mm semi autos available. There is a noticeable difference between it and the plastics I have shot including HK, Glocks, XDs and Walthers. It is about inline with the Beretta 92. I'd you pick up a 226ST recoil is even less than the other 226 variants.
     
  8. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    Now how do I tell the difference between american and german sigs? :dunno:
     
  9. Bruce M

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    For me the Sig is also a bit easier/more enjoyable to shoot than is the Glock. If it was a question of economics, I might also consider a Smith 5906 (an all steel pistol) from CDNN.
     
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  10. SigFTW

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    There are aluminum frame and steel frame Sigs. Both are stout with the steel being a little heaver. (I won't talk about the plastic Sigs :whistling:)

    Aluminum frame Sigs have less recoil than Glocks, and the all steel even less.

    My wife and daughter can shoot my P229 40 with out any problem. They will like the P226 even better. I just picked this up today, Sig P226, 9mm Elite Stainless.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    The P226 is IMO a soft shooter, especially in 9mm. The 18rd mags will have a big baseplate on them so not gonna be flush fit but pretty close.
     
  12. paragon1

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    My Exeter Sigs are smoother, and have a better trigger than the Germans I have owned. The stainless slide is way more durable than the folded slides. Have you seen the junk German Sigs hitting the streets today? Sig Forum has an interesting thread on some German made frames that is awful.

    German Sigs reputations improve the longer they are gone. I like them, but the myth that they are so much better is just that. A myth.
     
  13. Gregg702

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    Something else you may want to look into for your girlfriend to shoot is a Ruger GP100 or a Smith 686. Heavy, little felt recoil with .38's, but fun and very powerful with .357mag. Plus no slide to fumble around with, I know my wife hates any gun with a slide.

    That said, I love my P226, and it is more controlable than a G19 IMO.
     
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    The P226 is one of the softer shooting 9's out there. Definitely softer shooting than a G-19. The Sig does have a higher bore axis, so the muzzle climb is a little higher, but the overall felt recoil is less.
     
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    That is a beautiful P226! I would really love to buy a stainless Elite one day. If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay for it?
     
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    I have the elite model as well and I prefer the ergo's on my sig to any glock. Sig elite is probably my second favorite platform after my 1911's


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  17. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    I agree.
     
  18. grumpy1

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    The P226 is a spectacular pistol and my top favorite 9MM ever along with the P228. Just and absolute pleasure to shoot. It seems many never try a P226 because of the price tag but there are usually a lot of nice used or CPO P226s available. Mine in the picture was a CPO P226 that I paid $495 for a couple years ago and is it sweet - about 2000 rounds through it now and never ever an issue. I added the SIG factory aluminum grips however.

    Here is one of my P226s with the Mecgar 18 round magazine. Fits very nicely and I have a bunch of them.

    [​IMG]
     
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  19. SigFTW

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    I picked it up for $1,050.00 locally.
     
  20. SigFTW

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    Very nice, the aluminum grips make it look new!