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OctoberRust
07-18-2012, 08:20
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?

Beanie-Bean
07-18-2012, 08:27
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:

fnfalman
07-18-2012, 08:31
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.

bac1023
07-18-2012, 09:02
I love the way Sigs shoot in comparison to Glocks. I shoot them much better.

OctoberRust
07-18-2012, 09:09
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:

fnfalman
07-18-2012, 09:44
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:

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

dnuggett
07-18-2012, 09:58
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.

OctoberRust
07-18-2012, 11:01
Now how do I tell the difference between american and german sigs? :dunno:

Bruce M
07-18-2012, 11:34
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.

SigFTW
07-18-2012, 12:52
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.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/2012-07-18_13-33-59_987.jpg

collim1
07-18-2012, 12:53
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.

paragon1
07-18-2012, 15:34
American SIGs suck. There, does that make you feel better?

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.

Gregg702
07-18-2012, 15:40
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.

HAMMERHEAD
07-18-2012, 15:45
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.

86brick
07-18-2012, 15:58
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.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/2012-07-18_13-33-59_987.jpg

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?

brianfede
07-18-2012, 15:59
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.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/2012-07-18_13-33-59_987.jpg

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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collim1
07-18-2012, 16:09
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.

I agree.

grumpy1
07-18-2012, 16:35
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.

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv60/kk9zz/pp228-18.jpg

SigFTW
07-18-2012, 17:26
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?

I picked it up for $1,050.00 locally.

SigFTW
07-18-2012, 17:33
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.

http://i669.photobucket.com/albums/vv60/kk9zz/pp228-18.jpg

Very nice, the aluminum grips make it look new!

Jim Watson
07-18-2012, 17:59
The P226 is a good pistol of the DA-SA type.
But it is rather a big pistol, although not very heavy unless you get one of the all-steel versions.
I'd want to have the ladies at least handle and dryfire one so I did not furnish them with a gun too big for them to get a good grasp of.

As to recoil, I think it was Bruce Gray, the SIG Guru who said that shooting a P226 was "like dryfire with noise."

barth
07-18-2012, 18:00
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?

Sort of Off Topic:
My G27 with a G33 barrel kicks quite a bit more than my Sig P239/357.
But the Sig weights like ~10 oz more (~20 to ~30 oz).
With most of that weight in the stainless slide.

Not really a fair comparison.

But does the weight of a gun make a big difference in felt recoil?
You bet it does.
Gun design,
like having a low bore axis and length of the barrel,
play into it as well.
But IMHO weight matters.

elde
07-18-2012, 18:23
Big fan of Sigs in general and the 226 in particular. Never had an issue with US vs German Sigs. Have both, both are accurate and reliable. Would recommend looking for a CPO 226 to begin with. Picked up a new US 9mm 229 a month or so back and like it just as much as my treasured German 228. Sigs are quality guns.

ctfireman
07-18-2012, 18:27
I'm blessed to have one of these beauties.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g77/mmsi1002/001-21.jpg

barth
07-18-2012, 18:47
You can't really go wrong with a classic Sig Sauer.
And I'm a Photo Slut.
So here's my girls...
https://www.t-mobilepictures.com/myalbum/thumbnail/photo45/25/60/4e5bcab0a570__1342285831000.jpg?tw=0&th=720&s=true&rs=false

Beanie-Bean
07-18-2012, 18:50
Man...you guys are killing me with those Stainless Elite pics! That's about all I've got left to purchase on my hit list this year. Gotta grab one of the new G29 Gen4 models to carry, and I'll finish up with one of those nice Elite models.

LGS showed me the sheet stating that P224 won't be here until January, so we'll just have to wait for that one to show up. It's still on my list, but I'm thinking a nice P220 Stainless with the beautiful wood grips like I've seen in the pics today...

ColdSteelNail
07-18-2012, 19:22
Don't let anyone tell you that the American made Sigs are in anyway inferior to the German models. I own and have owned both and I can tell you it just ain't true.

I think you'll find the recoil of the P226-9 to be very mild. Of course I consider the Glock 19 to be fairly mild also.

Cobra64
07-19-2012, 00:29
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?



FWIW, 15 and 17 round Mec Gar mags for my 226.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Gun%20Cleaning/P1050195.jpg


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c2/Davis1950/Weapons/Sig%20Sauer%20Guns/Marks%20Sigs/P226/HOLSTER%20RIG%20-%20MAGAZINES/P1010147.jpg

SigFTW
07-19-2012, 06:51
Man...you guys are killing me with those Stainless Elite pics! That's about all I've got left to purchase on my hit list this year. Gotta grab one of the new G29 Gen4 models to carry, and I'll finish up with one of those nice Elite models.

LGS showed me the sheet stating that P224 won't be here until January, so we'll just have to wait for that one to show up. It's still on my list, but I'm thinking a nice P220 Stainless with the beautiful wood grips like I've seen in the pics today...

I'll help you spend your money!
Go my gun brother and buy the Sig P226 stainless Elite, you NEED it, you can't go on living without it!!! :whistling:

Lior
07-19-2012, 07:14
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:

Great minds think alike Sir. I have the same problem of money trying to burn a hole in my pocket when it comes to the H&K P7M13 (the best striker fired pistol created by man) to replace my CZ75 EDC.

Beanie-Bean
07-19-2012, 07:26
I'll help you spend your money!
Go my gun brother and buy the Sig P226 stainless Elite, you NEED it, you can't go on living without it!!! :whistling:

Haha...you are right! I will have a Stainless Elite, but probably in .45. One of the LGS had a P220 Stainless Carry with what looked to be Nill custom grips with the SIG Sauer name engraved, kind of like the Hogue Piranha grips on my Extreme. I liked the feel of that one--4" barrel with a full size grip. Man, I had to wipe the drool off the counter :)

pat701
07-19-2012, 18:06
I picked up a 1990 CPO 3 months ago. It looks like brand new. I paid $575 for it.

DoubleWide
07-20-2012, 07:17
Regular grip in the 226 is a little big for women, so you may want them to hold it first. Otherwise, weight and single action will make them like it. Actually, they might like a 1911 more due to the smaller grip and you could look at a .22 kit for transition for them.

Bren
07-20-2012, 07:28
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.


They won't enjoy the trigger. if you want something that will work for them, first choice is a 9mm 1911 with a steel frame. Second choice is a Browning Hi Power.

OctoberRust
07-23-2012, 13:21
They won't enjoy the trigger. if you want something that will work for them, first choice is a 9mm 1911 with a steel frame. Second choice is a Browning Hi Power.


Why is that? a BHP is SAO right?

gbanker
07-23-2012, 21:00
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.
http://i1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg558/SigFTW1/2012-07-18_13-33-59_987.jpg

Ooh that's nice!

NEOH212
07-23-2012, 21:23
I love the way Sigs shoot in comparison to Glocks. I shoot them much better.

Same here and same here!

Sigs rock!

:rock::rock:

cowboy1964
07-24-2012, 13:47
My only experience with a Sig 9mm is with a 229. It's pretty soft shooting so I assume the 226 should be the same or better. That said, it's somewhat of a different "feel" than a Glock, I'm guessing because of the higher bore axis. Not better or worse, just different. The trigger is a bigger issue. Some people just won't like the DA/SA. Or they may love it. But it's going to be a lot different from a Glock, obviously.

SigFTW
07-24-2012, 14:30
Shot mine lest Friday and it had as much kicked as a tiny bunny fart.:bunny:

Climbhard
07-25-2012, 14:11
I put an E2 conversion on my W German P226 and it is the most natural pointer I have. Also shortens the reach to the trigger. Great addition IMHO.