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Thinking about getting a used P226

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by jlruiz32, May 15, 2012.

  1. jlruiz32

    jlruiz32

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    I was making a payment on my G23 that I have on layaway when I saw a used p226. I asked the clerk if I could take a look at it. I really liked it, it felt good in my hand. I'll pay off the G23 on Friday and now I'm thinking about getting the p226 also. Is there anything specific about sigs to look for when buying used?

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  2. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    Field strip it and look at the rails. They should be black or gold all the way the way through, no silver or etching in the frame rails.

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    Exactly.

    The only thing I would really worry about on a used Sig (other than the obvious that would disqualify any gun) is the condition of the frame rails.
     
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    I don't know all the specifics of this model as I only handled it for a few minutes. I'll look in more detail on Friday and take some notes. The price listed is $549 and its a 9mm. The gun looks real good, no exterior damage and very little holster wear. No rattles, nothing seems loose. I did a basic function check and it seems ok. What would be a fair price off the top of your head without knowing anything else?

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    There were also three other p226s there that were priced $699, $749 and $799. I don't know the differences between any of them but the clerk did say the one I was looking at was an older model than the rest.

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    No rail.

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    Chances are its an all made in Germany pistol. The frame and slide will say made in Germany or Exeter NH. Check for triple serial numbers (slide, frame and barrel). Some circles feel the all German Sigs are the best. I have owned all German, German/US and all US Sigs and they have all been perfect.
     
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    I did see W Germany stamped on the frame. I'll check all over next time I go.

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  11. Bro KV

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    Probably is a carbon steel slide and internal extractor.
     
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    Check the slide rails. If they are the same width and height for their entire length, you're golden. If the frame rails have high then low spots through out their length, these are known as "mud rails", and are known to have separation issues, walk away. I'm betting if it's a W. German P226, it is good to go.

    As a side note, I love Sigs. The P229 .40 I had was one of, if not the most accurate handgun I've ever fired. They are reliable, as accurate as anything on the market, and easy to maintain.
     
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    I love the older P226s.
     
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    There have been alot of older German trade in's that have been factory refurbed for about $600ish. There good pistols,but remember they have the weaker 3-piece carbon welded pinned breach that is weaker and more rust prone. These can not handle +P -+P+ ammo or just plain heavy shooting. The breech block that is pinned can spread the slide. Sig engineers found that the American made milled solid barstock stainless steel slide is many times stronger and rustproof. The 3 piece welded pinned breechblock could not handle hot 9mm,40sw,357sig pressures. It was designed for a 50,000 standard pressure 9mm service round. The Navy Seals Special warfare Center demanded only the one piece milled stainless USA made slides for the strength and rust proof stainless with Nitron coating for salt water and hotter 9mm ammo. The newer external extracters have been a more reliable update to.
     
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    Thanks for the link, looks like good information there.

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys, if its still there I'll give a thorough inspection.

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    1. If it is a W. German or German P226 check the date code listed under the slide near the front. It will have a a two letter date code. A is 0 and progresses through there. It will give you a date of manufacture.

    2. Check the frame, slide, and barrel serial numbers and make sure they match. To me, a non-matching serial number gun is not worth as much. If the numbers don't match then it is most like a certified pre-owned SIG which means it was sent back to SiG to be refurbished. Everything was overhauled on these guns and if you want a shooter, it is close to new as you can get. The triple serial numbers usually only matter to collectors (like me) or anal people (like mez lol)

    3. Check the rails not only for wear but earlier P226's (serial numbers U150xxx to U185xxx) had mud rails or scalloped rails. Sig designed these pistols to help with functioning in the pistol trials in the 80's against the M9 in dirty conditions to help prevent the slide from locking up. The scallops make the frame weaker and caused cracking in the frame after shooting a few thousands loads or using +p ammo. Avoid them at all costs unless you are a collector.

    4. Unless you really want a DAO gun, make sure it has the decocker on the left hand side. I personally don't like the DAO P226's. They came out with them in spurts in the late 80's to early 90's.

    That's about all I could think of. Someone already posted a link to gray guns rail overview.

    Enjoy!
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    If the frame rail is good, then buy it. I cannot in good conscience recommend an American made SIG; be it handgun or rifle.
     
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    when I looked at mine it has the letters JJ with a smaller N on top of them. Any idea when mine was made? It's an all german made one,matching numbers
     
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    1988 sir