The SIG-Sauer P226 pistol was developed as an improved, high capacity version of the P220, especially for the US XM9 trials of 1982-84. The P226 was one of just two pistols that nominally passed all of the technical requirements for these trials, but at the last moment it lost to the other design, the Beretta 92SB-F, on the basis of the overall cost. Despite this, the P226 quickly became one of the most popular service pistols, being used by police, military and security forces, as well as by many civilian shooters, around the world. Initially available in 9mm, it was subsequently adapted to .40 S&W and .357 SIG calibers, which are extremely popular in the USA. In fact, the P226 was the first pistol to be chambered for the .357 SIG, a high velocity, high penetration 9mm cartridge, preferred by many American highway patrol services as well as by the US Security Service.
The SIG-Sauer P226 is basically similar to the SIG-Sauer P220 pistol, except for the slightly different shape and double-stack magazines of greater capacity. It is available in a number of versions, with standard aluminum or stainless steel frames, with or without a Picatinny rail. Triggers are either a typical SIG-Sauer double action arrangement with a frame-mounted de-cocker and an automated firing pin block, or a double-action-only setup without de-cocker. 9mm and .40/.357 versions of this pistol also may differ in the design of the slide - while 9mm pistols may have a stamped steel slide, larger caliber pistols have heavier slides, machined from a solid bar of steel.
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- Velocity: 295 FPS (0.2 g BB) / Range 70-90 feet
- Barrel Length: 5 inches / 13 cm
- Magazine Capacity: 23 Rounds
- Overall Length: 7 3/4 inches
- Metal Slide, Outer Barrel and Frame
- Functional Decocker and Safety
- Integrated Rail
- Authentic Trademark
- Accuracy Proven
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- Made in Taiwan