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The SIG SAUER P226S will always be known as a ballistic bridesmaid. The U.S. military almost chose the German-built weapon as their official sidearm—and then gave the green light to Italy’s Beretta. hosts a post telling you everything you ever wanted to know about the also-ran—and then some. As the man says, the P226S fits the hand beautifully and the trigger pull is sublime. Equally important, the P226 Sport’s weighted frame extension and extended barrel significantly reduce felt recoil, increasing the SIG shooter’s accuracy. Unfortunately, I didn’t get enough trigger time to write a full review of this 9mm version . . .

Suffice it to say, the SIG SAUER P226S is a big old thing that’s beautifully machined (if not beautiful) and extremely easy to shoot. They’re not terribly expensive: around eight bills new or half that used.

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  1. and then gave the green light to Italy’s Beretta

    We was robbed. The fix was in. I think it's telling that the Spec Ops guys that don't use 1911s use the 226 instead of the M92.

  2. Actually, the military did adopt the P226. It's called the M11 pistol and it's issued to soldiers who need a more concealable gun – CID (Criminal investigators) and CI (Counterintelligence) agents primarily. I carried an M11 in Haiti in 1994 for about 3 weeks while my CI agent buddy was on leave.

  3. The M11 is actually the SiG P228, which is the more compact version of the 226. Still 9mm, but has a shorter barrel and 13+1 magazine.


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