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Gun Review:
SIG SAUER P226 9mm

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By Dan S. Defense

A Review of the Limited Edition P226 Blackwater Edition

The SIG SAUER P226 is a combat handgun that offer exceptional reliability and accuracy. It's a production handgun that can compete with some custom gun at a fraction of the cost and with pedigree that is hard to compete with. It is a 9mm that I carry when I want additional firepower, and one of the few handguns that seem to be ammunition agnostic. No matter what ammunition it find it the magazine, it feeds fires and ejects it with ease. A truly remarkable weapon.

The SIG SAUER web site has this to say about the SIG SAUER P226:

"The SIG SAUER® P226® is the pistol that set the standard by which all other combat handguns are measured. Designed as SIG's entrant in the military trials to replace the 1911, today the P226 is in use by the U.S. Navy SEALs, Federal agents, and numerous law enforcement agencies including the Texas Rangers, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Michigan State Police to name a few. The exceptional ergonomics and balance make this full-size pistol easy to handle. Available in either 9mm, .357 SIG or .40 S&W, its longer barrel yields better ballistic performance and accuracy."

This review will focus on the SIG SAUER P226 Blackwater edition which is chambered in 9mm. The Blackwater edition is a handsome version of the SIG SAUER P226 that comes with custom wood grips, the Blackwater logo on the handgun and a package that contains five additional 15 round magazines. A package that offers ample value to a handgun that would continue sell well even without these great extras. This article will cover some basic data points, a usability report as well as live fire report, recommended ammunition for self defense and core accessories.

The SIG SAUER P226 comes in at 34 oz and has an overall length of 7.7". Both are acceptable in a combat, duty or serious self defense handgun. The barrel is 4.4" long and offers easy conceal carry with an IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holster, even on warm or hot days. The handgun has a black finish, where the slide is hard anodized and the frame is coated with Nitron.

The SIG SAUER Blackwater edition comes with two sets of grips out of the box. It wears custom wood grips that wear the Blackwater logo and has an extra black Polymer factory grips. It has an accessory rail which I use for mounting a Surefire X300 weaponlight and that can easily accommodate most other lights or lasers. It comes with SIGLITE night sights, where the rear inserts are green and the front insert is red.

For day light shooting, there are white outline around the Tritium inserts. The sight radius is 6.3" and the red front sight reminder the shooter to focus on it. It has a de-cocker which allows the operator to safely lower the hammer on a loaded chamber. The trigger is a DA/SA (Double Action / Single Action) which means the first shoot goes off in double action and subsequent shots are fired in single action.

The DA releases with 10lb of pressure and the SA with 4.4 lb. It's too bad that this model does not come with the SRT (Short Rest Trigger) but it can be installed for you by the SIG SAUER custom shop. I typically like to change at least one thing on production guns, but the SIG SAUER P226 Blackwater is one that was left as it came out of the box. It is an excellent weapon and has everything that you need on a self defense, duty or combat gun.
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