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Sig Sauer 226 Stainless Elite .40 S&W 12+1 [E26R40SSE]
by Nate O
Date Added: Friday 01 August, 2008
Where to begin...This saga really began a few months ago when I decided I wanted to get rid of my springfield armory xd-9. It was nice, but never felt right in my hand, and after owning it for some time, the idea of a striker-fired handgun became less and less desirable. After many weeks of rigorous research online, I came to the conclusion that i wanted either an H&K USP or a Sig Sauer of some kind. After reading numerous testimonials online on how law enforcement felt about Sigs, and going back and forth between H&K and Sig, I decided the next handgun i'd be purchasing would be a Sig. The smoothness of the Sig trigger, and just the overall fit and finish of the handgun was too good to pass up. Then it became an issue of what model and what caliber. I wanted something that was durable, which initially drew me towards the P220 Combat. However, after taking a closer look at the P226 Elite Stainless, i was hooked. Not only is it a beautiful handgun (no comparison to the combat), and I don't care what anyone says to the contrary, but there is *nothing* like the simplicity, durability, and presence of stainless steel - and this handgun has it in spades. Stainless slide + stainless frame + Sig Sauer legendary quality equals durabilty and workmanship like nothing else. Polymer framed handguns always seem top heavy to me, and even sigs with stainless slides and alloy frames seem a bit that way. Not the P226 Elite Stainless, however. While it is a *beast* of a handgun when you first pick it up, very quickly you realize how damn well the thing is balanced. As far as caliber is concerned, I was initially drawn to 9mm for the obvious reasons...inexpensive ammunition, controllability, mag. capacity, etc. However, after careful consideration I decided .40 S&W was the way to go. Going with the .40 gives the shooter the option of going to .357 Sig with only a barrel change, and to 9mm with a barrel from Bar-Sto Precision (which, from what i've heard are considerably more accuracte than factory sig barrels) and a magazine swap. While the ammo is more expensive than 9mm, finding the best deal on .40 ammo was easy.
I would absolutely go through bud's again. Their prices, selection, and pretty high level of customer service make them very tough to pass up. Just be sure of what you're buying before you click the "submit" button, and be absolutely sure that your local FFL dealer is on the ball when it comes to the transfer process.