Have you ever thought of upgrading your handgun? Try out the SIG Sauer P226.

The SIG Sauer P226 handgun is the predecessor to the SIG Sauer P220, a vintage model built in Germany dating back to the 19th century. It became known for being one of the most outstanding models that the renowned SIG Arms Manufacturing had to offer when it was released.

The gun was created in Switzerland in the 1980s as a “cheaper gun” to build than the SIG Sauer P210 type, a highly costly handgun. At the outset, the prime focus was to displace the time-honored Colt M1911 and Smith & Wesson .38 revolvers that were once in use by the US Military. It was primarily created for the ongoing US military contract, in which the military desired to replace the M1911 pistol, which had been in service for about 70 years when the deal was being worked on. The US military has taken the step to switch to a new sidearm that is chambered with a 9 mm Parabellum and has a magazine with a high capacity.

A closer look at the design

The SIG Sauer P226 is an old-german-made vintage model that evolved from the previous SIG Sauer P220 pistol. (Source: Spec Ops Magazine)

The SIG Sauer P226 is quite identical to its successor, the P220, except for having a slightly “different shape” and a double-stacked magazine with a larger capacity. This pistol’s operation features a short recoil system and a locked breech. In later years, various calibers, such as.40 S&W or.357 SIG were made available. It is important to remember that the SIG Sauer P226 was the first pistol fitted with a.357 SIG chambering. It is a high-velocity 9-millimeter round with high level of penetration.