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Virginia58 01-28-2011 04:35 AM

Sig 226 vs 220
I have saved up to buy my second Sig. My first is a P229 with both .40SW & .357SIG barrels. It is my best shooter and primary carry.

Now I have my eyes on either a 226 or 220, but not sure which one I want first (both now is not an option). I have a couple of .45ACP and 9mm from other manufacturers, but I'd like to pick up one of the Sig variants.

I have shot both frames and they fit and feel fine. In the 226, I have looked at the Navy, SCT, and Elite SS. In the 220 I like the Elite, either SS or Dark.

Questions regarding the 226:

Is the Navy model worth a few extra buck for the stamping and protective coating? My son is just being commissioned as a Navy officer, so I thought it would be kind of neat to have one and maybe pass along to him one day.

Do the current model Elites still come with rosewood grips? Is the SRT trigger as good as advertised?

Nice to have the extra capacity mags and nite sites with the SCT, but doesn't seem like a huge bonus over the other 226 models

As for the 220:

Does the Elite still come with rosewood grips? The SS model is slightly heavier than the alloy(dark). Other than weight, is there a consideration for going one way or the other?

Thanks for any feedback. Wish I could get both models, but got to pick one.


NGIB 01-28-2011 12:18 PM

I've owned both 220s and 226s and they are both fine guns. None of mine were Elite models so I can't help with that. As far as choosing, mainly depends on your use. A 9mm 226 will be a lot cheaper to shoot than a .45 220 - by a wide margin. The 226 is double stack and high capacity where the 220 is single stack and low capacity. I'd pick the one that best meets your needs and intentions.

BTW, I have a two-tone 229 with .40 & .357 barrels myself...

Bighead 01-28-2011 07:57 PM

YES, the Short Reset Trigger is great improvement. I had one put in my older P220 and love it.

I like you idea to get the Navy Model that you can hand down to your kid, and it doesn't appear that they jacked the price up to much for the engraving.

JonM 01-28-2011 08:24 PM

ive also had both the 220 and 226. i sold the 226. nothing wrong with it other than being 9mm. just not a fan of that round. the 220 i still have. i dont shoot it much other than with the 22lr conversion i recently got for it.

both are decently accurate and quality guns. you cant go wrong with either.

my opinion fire power wise the are about even. ive always considered it took 2-3 9mm to equal 1 45acp. heh.

they are good guns either will serve you in good stead.

Phelenwolf 01-29-2011 12:38 AM

Any way you go you will not regreat either one of them I have several Sigs that I have had for a couple of years. My favorite is my Sig P229 in 9mm. I carried it for 12yrs. I had a P220 but my wife liked it so much that is now her daily carry gun.

Virginia58 01-29-2011 10:10 PM

Can't seem to find a 226Navy in stock or anyone that expects some in soon. I think if I went for another model 226, I would go for the .40 or .357, as I already have a couple of hi-cap 9mm.

Still torn, but the 220 with single stack mag would be a good carry and fits a nice niche in .45 between my 1911 and hi-cap XD.

Might have to flip a coin.:)

Gordo323 01-29-2011 11:48 PM

I have a couple of 226's.
One black in .357 sig and an Equinox in .40, both very reliable and accurate.
I am keeping them both and leaving them for the kids when I die.
The Equinox is a beautiful gun and follows me everywhere.
220 is a good gun as well.

Virginia58 02-24-2011 02:31 AM

Decision made...sort of
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I purchased a P226 TAC OPS in .40 and added the .357Sig barrel from TGS. Really like the way it feels in my hands. Although a full size gun with extended magwell grips it is perfect for me. Put about 200 rounds through the .40 barrel and intend to work on the .357 barrel this weekend.

After going to my son's Navy OCS graduation I started thinking about the
P226 Navy 9mm. We talked about it during the weekend and decided that we'd order a pair of them (asking Sig for consecutive serial numbers). He gets a military discount and we can enjoy shooting them and then when I''m gone he can reunite them. Hope to see the consecutive numbers here in the next month.

Don Davis 03-05-2011 02:33 AM

I too own both the P226 & a new P220.

Here is my Sig P220 Elite Stainless.

As you can see they do still have the rosewood grips.

Both are great guns.


Virginia58 03-05-2011 03:06 AM

Very sweet looking Elite. My "wish list" doesn't ever seem to get shorter. Thanks for sharing.

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