SIG SAUER, Inc., is famous for making reliable firearms, silencers, optics and ammunition.  Now Sig has launched a new line of Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) air pistols which look and feel like their handguns. I got to shoot their P226 Air Pistol, a great training aid at a modest price.

Never an outfit who do things half way, Sig has formed a whole new air products division. Sig is now making air guns, ammo, and targets tailored for training to use Sig guns.

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SIG SAUER, just hired  Ed Schultz as engineering manager for the SIG Air Division.  Schultz will spearhead leading-edge product development for the division.  “Changing the way people look at airguns has been my focus from the beginning,” says Schultz, “so becoming a part of the world-class team at SIG SAUER is incredible for someone with a lifelong passion for airguns.”

SIG SAUER Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) rifles and pistols are semi-automatic CO2 powered guns designed for training and recreation. SIG engineers have carefully matched their air guns to the original models in weight and trigger pull. Current offerings include the P226, P250, MCX, and MPX air guns.

The first thing every body does when they pick it up is try to clear it like a Sig 226, then they can’t believe it is an airgun.  These air guns are made to the engineering drawing dimensions. They look and handle just like their steel cousins.

There is no ejection port, pellets don’t eject. The slide lock latch is non functional, but remains to use as an index point for your grip.  Sig’s iconic de-cocking lever serves as the safety.

They fit in your Sig holsters and the slides reciprocate when you shoot. All your gear; holsters, lights, and lasers work as intended. The difference is that you can shoot in the den with out having your wife call the SWAT team.

A panel in the back strap opens to accept a standard 12-gram  CO2 cartridge. A cam mechanism pierces the canister as you close the door charging the action with gas.

The pistol 16-round magazines fit into the pistol grip.  They have an eight-round rotary feed on each end.  The rotary action puts a new pellet into place as fast as you can pull the trigger. After eight shots, you eject the magazine, flip it upside down, and reinsert the magazine to get another eight. Each CO2 cartridge gives you about 70 shots.

I tested the P226 Air Pistols with a variety of .177 caliber pellets from match grade to bulk pack.  Accuracy was head shot good at 20 feet even with the cheap stuff.  Match ammo makes one hole.
Sig makes everything you need for training.  Sig’s line of targets, pellets and gas cartridges lets you squeeze all the training out of this platform and you can shoot indoors.  The pellets functioned flawlessly and provided match grade accuracy.

Air guns can range from cheap plastic models to target models which cost as much as firearms. The Sig Sauer P226 pistols provide  price point is high training value at an affordable price.

P226 Air Pistol

  • P226 MK25 in use with Navy Seals since 1984, include Navy Anchor on slide
  • Available in .177 (Pellet Only)
  • Colors: Black or Flat Dark Earth
  • CO2 (12gr. Cartridge)
  • Rifled Steel Barrel
  • Semi Auto
  • Front Sight: Blade
  • Rear Sight Fixed w/ White Dots
  • Full Blowback Metal Slide
  • Rugged, All Metal Frame
  • Textured Grip
  • Built-in Lower Picatinny Rail Mount
  • 16 Round Rotary Magazine (8×2)
  • Life Tested 15,000 shots
  • 510 Feet per Second

Sig Air Guns Specifications

  • Caliber: .177 (Pellet)
  • Power: Patented CO2 cartridge system
  • Action: Semiautomatic, blow-back
  • Magazine capacity: 16-round magazine (8×2)
  • Front Sight: Blade
  • Rear Sight: Fixed

MSRP is $110.99, but I have seen them on the web for less than a hundred bucks. For the price of a kids toy, the Sig P226 Air Pistol is a highly realistic trainer which provides feedback on your accuracy. With practice ammo above 20 cents a round, training at pennies a shot is very attractive.  The ability to train at home is priceless.  You can work on your draw and trigger control in the den 24/7.