Sig Sauer Service Pistols

SIG P226 Navy     SIG M11-A1      SIG P320C


Sig is Swiss company that designed and manufactured the Sig P210 9mm service pistol for the Swiss military.  It is widely regarded as the most accurate and highest quality 9mm service pistol ever fielded.  It was also incredibly expensive, with current civilian versions costing around $2,000.   Due to Swiss export laws, Sig could not really compete on the global market, so they teamed up with Sauer a German gun manufacturer to produce firearms.   They produce a wide range of pistols with the most common being the P220 and P225 single stack semi-autos and the P226, P227, and P228/P229 series of pistols.   The P220 and P227 are .45 ACP pistols, while the others are chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W and .357 SIG.   These guns have been adopted by the German Military, U.S. Military, FBI, Texas Rangers, U.S. Border Patrol, and many police departments around the world.   

The P226 and P228/229 are the most widely adopted versions and all are double action/single actions, or double action only, and feature the Sig deck cocker above the left grip panel.  They are know for there reliability, accuracy, and also cost, which has limited their adoption compared to the Beretta 92 series and Glocks.

When the U.S. military held its 9mm handgun trials that resulted in the Beretta 92/M9 being fielded, many thought the primary reason was its price advantage over the Sig P226, which outscored the Beretta in many tests.   However, even though the P226 did not win the big military contract, it was eventually adopted in limited numbers by the U.S. Navy SEALs as the P226 Navy and Mk 25 (latest variant); by the U.S. Coast Guard; and many U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  Also, around the same time the Beretta was adopted as the standard service pistol, the compact version of the P226, the P228, was adopted as the M11 for concealed carry and other situations where small size was important.  So, the P228/M11 is currently carried by USAF OSI the USN Intelligence Service and by USN and USMC aviators as part of their survival gear.

Sigs

Sig P226 Navy, top, and M11-A1, bottom.


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