870 / 1 180 g
Range of effective fire
~ 50 m
Sauer P226 evolved from the previous P220 pistol. It was developed in the
1980s and was mainly aimed at the US military requirement for a new
sidearm to replace the venerable
M1911 pistols and Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolvers. The US
military trials began in 1982 and were completed in 1984. The SIG
Sauer P226 was one of the two pistols that nominally passed all of
the technical requirements of these trials. However eventually it
was outperformed by Italian
Beretta 92FS due to lower price. The Beretta 92FS was selected
as a winner and adopted by the US military as the
1985. Even though the SIG Sauer P226 lost this competition it
quickly became one of the most popular service pistols. It is widely
used by the military, police and security forces around the world.
It is used by the US Coast Guard, Federal Air Marshalls, FBI,
Department of Homeland Security and a number of other operators. It
is also used by elite forces such as the British SAS.
The P226 pistol was used by the US Navy Seals for three decades. This
weapon is also popular among civilian shooters. As of 2015 this
pistol is still produced in Germany and in the USA.
Sauer P226 is generally similar to the previous P220 except a
slightly different shape and higher capacity double-stack magazine.
This pistol has a short recoil system with a locked breech
was initially available chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition.
Later other .40 S&W or .357 SIG calibers were introduced. It is
worth noting that the P226 was the first pistol chambered for the
.357 SIG. It is a 9 mm high velocity round, that offers high
The P226 comes with
double action, or double action only trigger. This pistol has a
built-in firing pin safety. There are no manual safeties. There is a
decocking lever at the left side of the frame. It is worth noting
that double action only version has no decocker.
The P226 is available
with standard aluminum, or stainless steel frame. Pistol with 9 mm
caliber with aluminum frame weights 870 g, while version with
a stainless steel frame is heavier and weights 1 180 g.
The 9x19 mm
version of the SIG Sauer P226 uses double stack 15-round capacity
magazines. Extended capacity 20-round magazines are also available. Versions chambered in .40 S&W and .357 SIG use 12-round
capacity magazines. Magazine release button is reversible.
proved to be a durable, reliable and well-made weapon. This pistol is
available in a number of versions. There are Chinese and Iranian
(PC-9 ZOAF) copies of this weapon.
version with a Picatinny-type accessory rail for tactical
flashlights or laser pointers.
"Tactical" has a threaded barrel for use with sound suppressor.
Iranian copy of the SIG Sauer P226.
P228 is a
compact version of the P226. This pistol has a shorter slide, barrel
and grip. It is available only in 9x19 mm. It is fed from a 13-round
capacity magazines. The P228 is used by various law enforcement
agencies. It has been adopted by the US military as the
another compact versions of the P226. It was developed specially for
the US market to supplement
and then replace the SIG Sauer P228. It was also available in 9x19
mm, however other chambering, including .40 S&W and .357 SIG were
added. Furthermore this pistol can be adapted to any of these three
calibers by simply switching the barrel and returning spring.
Technically the P229 is similar to the P228, except the heavier
slide. This feature is necessary because the P229 uses more powerful
ammunition. This pistol is produced in the USA.