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.

The SIG Sauer P226 can be purchased with either double action or double action only trigger. This handgun features a firing pin safety, but there are none of the manual safeguards available. On the left side of the frame is where you will find the decocking lever, but it is essential to be aware that the variant with “double-action-only” does not come with a decocker. The P226 is offered with a frame made of either regular aluminum or stainless steel.

Double-stacked magazines with a capacity of 15 rounds are used in the 9×19 mm version of the SIG Sauer P226. Both the.40 S&W and the .357 SIG calibers employ magazines that can hold 12 rounds of ammunition each. The button that releases the magazine can be used in either direction. It turned out that the P226 was indeed a sturdy, dependable, and expertly crafted weapon.

Other variants

SIG Sauer P226 in the box, with one magazine (Photo: XY, taken from Spec Ops Magazine)

What’s great about this gun is that you will never experience boredom with its type as it has other variants that you will surely love, too, including P226 Navy, P226 E2, P228 (M11) P229, and P224, respectively.

P226 Navy

After successful testing by German Kampfschwimmer in the 1980s, US Navy SEAL teams began using the SIG P226 as their sidearm. Under Mk25 Mod 0, the US Navy SEAL and the DEVGRU started using the P226 in 1989.