The SIG P226 was the first handgun I ever bought. I had just turned 21, was already issued a concealed handgun license by the great state of Pennsylvania, and had some money to burn. Not too much money, though — starving college students have that problem. So I picked up a police trade-in P226, and at first glance it looked rough. The bluing was completely worn away on some parts, others had dents or dings in them. But despite the wear, the thing still ran like a champ. And there’s a reason for that.
It’s time to take a trip down to the local gun store and peruse the wares. While your desire to own a new firearm is at it’s peak, the same cannot be said of your bank account. You have money. The problem is you don’t have enough money for what you really want sitting in the new pistol case. So you decide to swallow your pride and browse the used case. Smart buyers know that unexpected treasures can be found in this case, often at half off their MSRP. The Sig Sauer P226 is the reason you should always check the used case.
Can the P226 really be improved upon? With the P320 winning the MHS contract, and the ever encroaching polymer framed, striker fired only handguns slowing taking over the market, is there really a lot left to compete against with the venerable P226 design? Sig Sauer thinks so, and definitively makes it a point with the companies flagship handgun, the P226 Rail in 9x19mm.