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Old December 18, 2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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Sig P226 "classic" 22 -- same as base P226?

Other than the obvious (barrel, slide, etc.) are there any differences between the P226 Classic 22 and the P226 base model (e.g. E26R-9-B)?

Those who have shopped the Classic 22 or own one, please let me know.

I'm primarily concerned about the trigger -- same components & feel?

Thanks.
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Old December 18, 2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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Everything below the slide(except the mags of course) is the same as a base model 226. Same frame, same internals.

The only thing you may find different is the trigger itself, IIRC they've pretty much switched to the short trigger(not the SRT but the trigger itself) in all models, but did not update all the lines at the same time. So that might be different depending on when the pistol you get was produced.
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Old December 18, 2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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E2 grips?
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Old December 18, 2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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Those are also available on the classic series, at least there were when I purchased mine.
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Old December 18, 2012, 04:46 PM   #5
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I phoned Sig, and they said that they are the same too. But their website shows a significantly different weight -- see:

http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProdu...lassic-22.aspx

Do you think it is an error?
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Old December 18, 2012, 05:00 PM   #6
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The slide on the .22 upper assembly is significantly lighter than the slide on the centerfire caliber upper assemblies.
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Old December 18, 2012, 07:40 PM   #7
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The slide on the .22 upper assembly is significantly lighter than the slide on the centerfire caliber upper assemblies.
You got that right! The slide for the .22 is aluminum while the centerfire slide is milled stainless steel. I would say at least 7 ounces lighter.
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Old December 19, 2012, 12:41 AM   #8
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Thanks...

One more option... I'm intrigued by the DAK because of its reduced trigger pull... Any other advantages to it over the base 226?
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Old December 19, 2012, 01:11 AM   #9
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DAK vs DA/SA: the DAK trigger pull is only reduced for the 1st shot.
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Old December 19, 2012, 05:25 PM   #10
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Are you sure? From the Sig website:
" the new DAKā„¢ trigger system delivers a safe, reliable and consistent 6.5 pound double-action only trigger pull. "



One more question has come up... I went to the local gun store today and they had 2 different grips. Apparently Sig is changing all their grips over to the E2 style.

However, I have large hands and prefer the original grip. If I can't find a new Sig with the original grips, will I still be able to switch out the new grips, replacing them with the originals?
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Old December 20, 2012, 12:19 AM   #11
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The DA/SA pull is higher on the DA (1st) pull, but lower on all follow up SA pulls.
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Old December 21, 2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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However, I have large hands and prefer the original grip. If I can't find a new Sig with the original grips, will I still be able to switch out the new grips, replacing them with the originals?
You should be able to switch out to the older style grips.

However, to install the older style grips, you will probably need to change out the trigger bar spring (curved vs newer looped) and the decocking lever. At least, these are the parts that I had to replace to put E2 grips on my 1986 P226.
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Old December 21, 2012, 12:24 PM   #13
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As stated earlier, the .22 lr slide is much lighter than the center fire slide. Also, DAk is double action only. Pull weight will be even for each shoot.
On DA/SA models, first pull (if the pistol was put into that condition by decocking lever) would be heavier and each shot there after will be lighter until the magazine is empty.

So:

DAK = Double Action Only

The DA/SA and SA only should be self evident in their operation method.
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Old January 8, 2013, 11:16 PM   #14
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Does the P226 22 have a rep of being ammo "picky"?
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Old January 9, 2013, 12:01 AM   #15
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I actually wrote a huge article comparing the sig mosquito to the classic p226/p229 line.

There are huge advantages to going with the cheaper $300 Mosquito. The magazines are actually metal and the gun is designed for .22LR where the classics are merely chambered for .22LR.

www.22longrifle.blogspot.com
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Old January 9, 2013, 12:02 AM   #16
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However, to install the older style grips, you will probably need to change out the trigger bar spring (curved vs newer looped) and the decocking lever. At least, these are the parts that I had to replace to put E2 grips on my 1986 P226.
I can't say this for certain with a P226 but with a P229 that started with E2 grips all you have to do is pop the E2 grips off and bolt the classic grips on. The reason parts had to be changed going from non-E2 to E2 grips was because some parts on non-E2's were bigger and didn't fit under the E2 grips. Those same parts being smaller from the start don't effect the functionality with the bigger grips on it however.
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