Sig Sauer p226 Nitron, 9mm – A Review

I oughta be writing my research paper, but I just needed a break.

Today I sold my Sig Sauer 226 with a Nitron slide. I originally bought it three months ago as an impulse buy thinking I would TOTALLY dig it. However, this was not the case. This is not to say that it was not a great gun, quite the opposite. But what I wanted, the p226 didn’t deliver out of the box.

sig sauer 229 pistol right side

sig sauer 229 pistol left side

I bought it used for a gentleman who goes by 45R at We both met at the Gun Room off of Survey Rd. in Elk Grove. The package he was offering included three 10rnd. magazines, rubber and wood Houge grips. The original case and instructions were also included. I bought it for $570 + $30 DROS.

I was pleased with the purchase. The first time I shot it, it was smooth and the function was flawless using Winchester USA 9mm FMJ 115 gr. ammunition. The decocker was a neat feature and I would have appreciated the rubber Houge grips more if my hands weren’t so small. The stock grips that didn’t come with this gun would have suited my hand much better whereas the rubber and wood grips were much larger.

The sights were typical factory three white dots that served well. Disassembly of the pistol was made easy with the takedown lever. 500 rounds before I sold it, I replaced the recoil spring with a Wolf 15lbs spring.

sig sauer 229 pistol right side open slide

The p226 features a double action option – meaning that as one pulls the trigger, the hammer will also be cocked back simultaneously. In single action mode is when the hammer is already cocked back and is ready to fall with the pull of the trigger. With this particular gun, my finger couldn’t comfortably reach the trigger in DA (10lbs pull) mode. SA (4lbs. pull) mode allowed the trigger to set back a few, enabling my finger to pull the trigger without any problems.

sig sauer 229 pistol right side trigger

The pistol magazine fed the barrel well and didn’t experience any jams. The only malfunctions I experienced during my ownership (aprx. 2000 rounds) were a dud primer in the casing and a failure for the slide to lock back due to the position of my thumbs (non-gun related issue).

sig sauer 229 pistol barrel and recoil spring guide

As a result of using a 1911 for a majority of this hobby, I’ve been spoiled with several different features. One example is a short trigger reset. The p226 trigger reset was TOO long for my liking and ultimately was the decision maker to sell it. I could have easily taken it to a gunsmith to modify it, but funds at the moment are short and priorities for other projects lie elsewhere.

If I were to do it all over again, I would have bought the pistol and sent it to a gunsmith to have the trigger reset shortened. Other than that, I liked the pistol but there are other things that are calling my name.

I sold it for $370 + a Chinese Norinco SKS 7.62x39mm.

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3 Comments on “Sig Sauer p226 Nitron, 9mm – A Review”

  1. bradygallagher
    June 30, 2009 at 1:55 am #

    just thought i’d mention that those original grips you did not get would have made your trigger reach easier for you in the double action mode, simply because you would have been in better control of the gun. also there is a “short trigger” option that is offered by sigarms and readily available for this gun. good luck with your other projects but also… revisit the sig p226. good luck, brady.


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