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The SIG Sauer P226 is a full-sized, service type pistol chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W and .357 SIG. Its design is based on the SIG Sauer P220.
Based on an early German and Swiss design, the P226 was retooled for entry into the XM9 Service Pistol Trials, which were held by the US Army in 1984 on behalf of the US armed forces to find a replacement for the M1911A1. Only the Beretta 92F and the SIG P226 satisfactorily completed the trials. According to a GAO report, Beretta was awarded the M9 contract for the 92F due to better durability during endurance testing and a lower total package price. The P226 cost less per pistol than the 92F, but SIG's package price with magazines and spare parts was higher than Beretta's. The Navy SEALs, however, chose to adopt the P226 later after several catastrophic slide failures with issued Beretta M9s.
- Cartridge: 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, or .357 SIG
- Action: Mechanically Locked, recoil operated
- Feed System: Dependant on cartridge; 12-13 rd (.40 &.357 cal); 15-20 (9mm)
- Weight: 28.3 oz (802g)
- Length: 7.7in (196mm)
- Barrel Length: 4.4in (112mm)