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Old 09-08-2011, 01:23 AM   #1
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About to purchase my first handgun and after much contemplating I think I will be purchasing a sig p226 22lr. I will also be purchasing a conversion kit with it but would like to know whether to get a 9mm 40. or .357? I have heard great things about the 226 and figure me being inexperienced with handguns will benefit greatly from having a .22 so I can make the transition to a larger caliber more smoothly.

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Old 09-08-2011, 01:48 AM   #2
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I have had two sig P226's.
Both excellent and accurate handguns!
I gave my first(.357 sig) to my son, it still shoots very well.
Now I have a .40 Equinox, and will never part with it.
I can't comment on the .22 and conversions, as I haven't tried one. I can say that the .357 sig and .40 magazines are interchangeable and you could always re-barrel for both.
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A good friend of mine has a p226, and it is an exceptional firearm. As far as caliber goes, they all will do the job, and it really comes down to what you're more comfortable with.

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Old 09-08-2011, 02:58 AM   #4
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I have a 226 .22 E2 SRT. when I bought it I also purchased a 9mm. conversion.

The conversion has been a flawless performer,feeding all loads and bullet shapes without any failures of any sort.

The .22 required a break in period of approx., 300 rounds during the break in I experienced a fail to feed at least once per mag at the start,which tapered off to no failures. At this time I have experienced no further failures of any kind.

This has been a very satisfactory pistol.

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Old 09-09-2011, 01:55 AM   #5
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For a new shooter, you made a very sound purchase. You're going to be landing one of the better auto centerfire systems (P226) in the market, in an affordable training caliber. My first pistol was a Sig P226 22lr. I hurried up and sent my coupon in for the 357sig kit. That was a mild mistake. It's a great gun, great caliber, and I still have not a terrible mistake, but also not ideal. I'd have done things a bit differently in hindsight.

The best advise I can give you is this: TAKE YOUR TIME choosing your conversion caliber. Take 6 months if you like. It wouldn't be such a bad idea to add a completely different centerfire pistol in the meantime. Do your homework and don't rush this decision.

The calibers:

9mm- Great caliber. It's the most affordable of the three for volume range shooting, boasts the highest capacity, and is the easiest to master as a defensive caliber. And it's not the 'lightweight' some would imply. With proper ammo, 9mm is an adequate defense round that can be easily mastered. This caliber may also maximize your gun's resale value.

40sw- I'm not a huge 40sw fan. And I actually prefer the flat-shooting precision of the 357sig. But this is a very good defense caliber, quite affordable at the range, and boasts a wide weight range for common defense ammo (135-180gr). The fact the so many LE departments are leaning toward the 40sw round will continue to make this caliber a very affordable, versatile, and practical option.

357sig- I have it and to some extent I really like it. Outstanding defense caliber. Outstanding caliber for precision shooting. But this is also a financially impractical caliber. 9mm range ammo will run you $10-12 (per 50), 40sw about $15, 357sig about $20. If you intend to send enough rounds down range to become proficient, 357sig can make for a very expensive training vessel. When it comes to resale value and range practicality, this round comes in 3rd place. It's an excellent defense round, and a blast to shoot...just a little too impractical for my tastes.
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And then, remember that as soon as you've made your decision, your will keep reading and may very (probably will) change your mind again.

You can always sell a firearm and change direction. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to "get it right" this first time around.

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