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SIG P226



The SIG Sauer P226 Emerged from Switzerland in the 1980s. The P226 was conceived as a successor to the P220 and a cost-effective alternative to the revered yet pricey SIG Sauer P210. Its inception was driven by the intention to replace the venerable Colt M1911 pistols and the Smith & Wesson .38 revolvers that held their position within the ranks of the US Military. The P226's initial purpose was tightly aligned with the ongoing US military contract, a quest to supplant the M1911 pistol that had dutifully served for nearly seven decades. The mandate was clear: a new sidearm with a high-capacity magazine chambered for 9mm Parabellum.


Leading to its widespread use, the US Department of Defense mandated a standard-issue pistol for all five branches of the US armed forces.The rigorous trials unfolded between 1982 and 1984, culminating in a fierce face-off between the SIG Sauer P226 and the Italian Beretta 92FS. Amidst a formidable lineup, only these two pistols triumphed, adhering to the demanding technical requirements. The scales tipped when Beretta's slightly more favorable magazine offer swayed the decision. Thus, the Italian Beretta 92FS was adopted as the M9 by the US military in 1985. Although the SIG Sauer P226 didn't claim victory, it swiftly ascended to the ranks of the most sought-after service pistols.


Designed with a nod to its predecessor, the P226 shares similarities with the P220, yet boasts a distinctive shape and a higher-capacity double-stack magazine. The short recoil system and locked breech operation underpin its functioning. Initially introduced in 9x19mm Parabellum, the P226 later embraced the .40 S&W and .357 SIG calibers. Trigger options encompass double action or double action only, accompanied by a built-in firing pin safety. Elegantly shunning manual safeties, a decocking lever graces the left side of the frame. It's important to note that the double-action-only version omits the decocking lever. A choice between standard aluminum or stainless steel frame further adds to the P226's versatility. In its 9x19mm iteration, the P226 boasts a double-stack magazine with a 15-round capacity, while extended 20-round magazines offer extended firepower. Versions chambered in .40 S&W and .357 SIG embrace 12-round capacity magazines. Emphasizing adaptability, the reversible magazine release button caters to a range of preferences.

Origin: United States
Manufactured: 1984-Present
Manufacturer: SIG Sauer

Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol

Caliber:  9×19mm Parabellum
Barrel Lengt
h: 112mm (4.4")
Action: Recoil Operated, Double Action

Magazine Capacity: 10, 12, 13, or 15 Detachable Box Magazine


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