West German Sig Sauer P226 P-226, 9mm Para SA/DA Semi-Automatic Pistol 1991

SOLD FOR: $1125.50

LSB#: 210129DW02

Make: Sig Sauer

Model: P226

Serial Number: U451170

Year of Manufacture: 1991 (KB date code)

Caliber: 9mm Luger

Action Type: Semi-Automatic Magazine Fed Pistol

Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SIG SAUER” and “SIGARMS INC. / EXETER-NH”. The right side of the slide is marked “U 451 170” and “P226 / MADE IN W. GERMANY”.  The right side of the frame is marked “U 451 170” and Eagle over “N”. The right side of the barrel is marked “9mm Para”. The chin of the slide is marked with German proof marks and “KB” date code.

Barrel Length: 4.4”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a single white dot recess set in a dovetail at the muzzle. The rear sight is a square notch with a vertical white line aim guide dovetailed at the rear of the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black plastic with smooth borders which enclose the backstrap and leave the serrated front strap exposed. The checkering shows light wear with some discoloration on the right side. The smooth surfaces show light wear with minor draglines and tiny nicks. There are no chips or cracks present. The grips rate in about Very Good-Plus overall condition.

Type of Finish: Matte Blue & Black Alloy

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. The balance of finish shows thinning at all prominent edges of the slide. The barrel shows operational wear. The frame shows some very light handling marks. The serrations are sharp. The screw heads are lightly tooled with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol is equipped with a de-cocker on the left side of the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes in its original serial matched box with a total of three 15-round “zipper-back” magazines. The box has edge wear, small scattered spots of finish loss, and has tape wrapped around the right edges to support tears. Overall, the box rates in about Good-Very Good condition. The magazines show thinning consistent with standard operational wear and rate in about fine condition. Please note, no high-capacity magazines will be included where prohibited by law.

Our Assessment: The Sig Sauer P226 is a double stack 9mm full size combat pistol developed in West Germany as an update to their model P220. The earlier P220 was a single-stack .45 but Sig wanted to enter the XM9 trials with a higher-capacity 9mm and the P226 was born. While the Beretta entry was destined to become the M9, the P226 went on to see military and police service in many nations including being adopted by the Navy SEALS. They have also seen commercial success due to their craftsmanship, simplicity and reliability. This example is a West German production 226 from 1991, in about Fine condition with 93% of its finish remaining, the balance being in light marks and operational wear. “But wait!”, the history buffs shout, “how can this be a West German 226 if it was made in 1991 and German reunification was in 1990?” Well, as it turns out, socialism sucks and everyone knows it. This was acknowledged in the 1990 reunification treaty where West German firms were permitted to continue marking their products “Made in West Germany” for five years to distinguish their quality manufactured product from that of East Germany, whose economy failed so dismally that they had to quit and join the other side. This will make a fine pistol for carry, home defense, action pistol matches or just plinking at the range. That said, the West German P-Series pistols have developed a collector following and this would be a good addition to such a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!

West German Sig Sauer P226 P-226, 9mm Para SA/DA Semi-Automatic Pistol 1991
West German Sig Sauer P226 P-226, 9mm Para SA/DA Semi-Automatic Pistol 1991