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Old December 4, 2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Question on a P226

So I have an old West German P226 was wondering if they are so superior. Mainly the folded metal slide I'm told. Could I not in theory just take my folded metal slide and mate it to a frame that has a rail? So I'd have the best of both worlds?
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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I don't consider the "folded" slide to be better just because it is folded.
Some think the general workmanship of the day was better.
But if you have a milled slide on a gun with a searchlight rail and it shoots, there is no point in swapping stuff around.
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Old December 5, 2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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No my gun does not have an accessory rail I'd like one. But if workmanship is better on the older slides, could I in theory swap slides?
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Old December 5, 2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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find somebody who wants to trade. i prefer guns without rails.
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Old December 5, 2012, 04:41 PM   #5
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The folded carbon steel slides are not superior. They are a little lighter and some prefer that. I some ways the moderm milled stainless steel slide is superior including the ability to withstand the higher pressure rounds like the .40 and .357 SIG. It is nice to have a P229 that can shoot 9MM, .40, and .357
with barrel swaps.
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Old December 5, 2012, 04:50 PM   #6
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While I think the old folded slide guns were more carefully made, the current milled slides are stronger. I would not worry about it one way or the other and certainly would not go swapping slides around in a wild goose chase.

If you want a rail gun, just buy or trade for one and use it like the factory turned it out.
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Old December 5, 2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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Oh it will never be traded I was only curious.
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Old December 7, 2012, 01:07 PM   #8
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The chances of an older, folded slide fitting properly to a new railed frame is slim.
Most people talk about the older model's perfect balance, I never noticed much difference when holding them, and no difference shooting them.
Your older model will get you solid trade in value if you really have to have a rail.
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Old December 7, 2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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As others have noted, if you must have a rail (and, though I'm no fan of rails per se, I just installed a light/laser unit on my newer Model 226 utilizing the rails that came with it), buy one that has them. The chances of a late model slide being compatible to the frame of an older SIG 226 is, as Hammerhead pointed out, slim at best.
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Old December 7, 2012, 06:12 PM   #10
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I prefer the modern milled slides. The folded slides balance well and aren't week, but I prefer strength, especially preferring heavier calibers.
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Old December 7, 2012, 07:02 PM   #11
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Old December 8, 2012, 04:45 AM   #12
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Quote:
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Old December 8, 2012, 10:30 PM   #13
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classic

Folded slide guy myself, either in 226 or 220. That was the original, classic design. The milled slides came about with the onset of the .40. The higher pressure round necessitated the change.

The folded slides seem a tad lighter too.
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Old December 9, 2012, 12:05 AM   #14
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Ill never get rid of the gun, it was at a LGS when I was looking at new ones and the clerk suggested I check this one out as it was half of what a new one was could tell it had hardly been fired came in the gray case all the info even still had the factory target which my ex frames for me. I've since shot the **** of it and she still runs like a Swiss watch!
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