SOLD FOR: $1377
Make: SIG Sauer
Serial#: U 300 083
Year of Manufacture: 1988, German date code “JJ”
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Action Type: Single & Double-Action Semi-Automatic Pistol fed by a Detachable Magazine
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SIG SAUER”, “SIGARMS INC. / Herndon – VA”. The right side of the barrel is marked “9mm Para”. The right side of the slide is marked with the serial number “U 300 083” and “P226 / MADE IN W. GERMANY”. The right side of the frame is serial matched and features a German nitro proof mark. The bottom of the slide, just in front of the dust cover, is marked with a Kiel proof mark, German nitro proof and the date code “JJ”. The left side of the barrel is marked “SIG SAUER” and “U 300 083”.
Barrel Length: 4.4”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a blade with a white dot dovetailed to the slide. The rear sight is a square-notch with a white mark at the center dovetailed to the slide.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The grip panels are two-piece checkered black synthetic. The grip panels feature checkered side panels and a checkered back-strap. The front strap is serrated. The smooth borders show some light marks. The checkering remains sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Black Nitron, Black Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is light fouling in the grooves but no erosion.
Overall Condition: The pistol retains 92% of its metal finish. There is light thinning on the leading edges at the front of the slide. There are two dings in the serrations on the front of the trigger guard. There are some tiny nicks on the slide, notably on the left at the front. The hammer shows a plum hue. The markings remain clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, the pistol is in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is slight play between the slide and frame. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action is a bit heavy. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, it may need a thorough cleaning to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The pistol comes in an orange serial matching box with a manual and with three 15-round magazines.
Our Assessment: This is a Sig Sauer manufactured P226 which is a single and double-action semi-automatic pistol chambered for 9mm Luger cartridges. The gun’s genesis begins with the P220, a pistol designed in a joint venture between Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) and J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH. It was adopted by the Swiss military in 1975 and proved an effective service pistol. The pistol was introduced into the US commercial market by Browning and sold from 1977-1980 as the Browning BDA. As the design evolved, a number of variants were engineered, with the P226 submitted to the US Army in 1984 as it sought a replacement for the aged Colt M1911. Only the P226 and Beretta 92 completed the trials successfully. Ultimately the Beretta was cheaper to manufacture and was adopted as the M9, although the P226 was adopted for service with several elite formations including the Navy SEALs. The handgun was eventually accepted for service by a number of military and police organizations across the globe. The P226 also entered the civilian market where it has remained a popular personal defense handgun. This particular specimen has some light wear but it remains an impressive handgun that is mechanically sound. Please see our photos and good luck!