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Old 05-24-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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I went to the local shooting range for the first time and fired 100 rounds with what I believe was a. 9mm SIG Sauer P220. I really liked it and I'd like to go a lot more in the future. Inorder to avoid rental fees and having to go with a buddy all the time, I want to buy a gun. I wanted to buy the P220 because I've heard great things about it and that I could get a .22 conversion kit for practice. But it turns out they only sell it in .45. Can I still do the conversion? Basically, I'm willing to dish out the cash for a good pistol that will serve me many years but I think a .45 is a bit much for my current skill level. Do you have any advice or recommendations for me? Thanks.

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Old 05-24-2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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the 220 is a 45 ACP weapon. The 226 is made in 9mm and 40S&W. I believe there are 22 conversions for these but at the price they go for I'd be more inclined to get get a 22 pistol. Models like the Ruger MK III and Browning Buckmark are very affordable and gives you the option of having both weapons without having to take one down and convert it.

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i agree with drum junkie on purchase of a 22. a conversion kit isn't cheap (i'm seeing one for 300+) a used a decent used 22 would probably set you back less.

the 226, however, is a very nice pistol. in 9mm (or 40), ammo won't break the bank, and the recoil isn't too heavy. just my opinion.

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for the price of a 226 and a conversion kit, I would buy a 226 and a sig mosquito. This way the 22 lr pistol is quite similar to the 226 but a dedicated 22.

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Thanks for the replies! It sounds to me like imay have shot a 226 to begin with. Either way, it looks like the 226 is my firearm. I just have 2 more questions. 1. Is the 226 legal in California? And 2. I live by the ocean, should I get a stainless steel model? The ocean air corrodes the crap out of every metal we have. Thanks.

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according to what i can find as long as it does not have a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds.

as far as stainless? i don't live near the ocean (curse you!!!!), so, i can't say one way or the other on that.

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As long as you keep the weapon cleaned and lubed it shouldn't really matter.

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They don't make P220 9mm's any more but they did in the past. You may have very well shot a P220 9mm. They are not easy to find anymore.

I think you should rent some more guns, different models, different brands and see what fits you the best. To me guns are like shoes, they have to fit the user.

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The P226 is quite legal in CA. But you may only have 10 round magazines for it. I own a 9mm model that I bought used and like it a bunch.

Here is a link to the CA D.O.J. Roster of "Approved" Handguns. If it's on the list, you can have it in CA: Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale - Firearms Division - California Dept. of Justice - Office of the Attorney General

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I have a good friend whose father lives on the intercoastal here in florida. Well he goes as far as to store his guns wrapped in this shrink wrap stuff used in surgery. I guess its like a real strong glad cling wrap.

If you want the p226 comes in a navy variant where the internals are coated in their Nitron finish to help them resist corrosion.

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