Written by Be a Blogger for a Day Contest Winner, Justin Poynter.
Let me start by saying, I am no gun expert by any means. However, I was raised in a law enforcement family, so I have definitely had some influence on safety and proper shooting technique, as well as an extensive knowledge of different types of guns. However, that aside, I am speaking from personal knowledge and my own use of this fine weapon.
Previously, I have owned several Springfield Armory pistols and thought Springfield’s designs were some of the best in the business. At least that’s what I thought given the wealth of advertisements, and the package deals I always received with Springfield’s pistols. Until I had the opportunity to find out what a SIG Sauer was all about, I really had no idea what made it different than the others aside from the fact that they were very expensive by comparison—especially for a blue collar worker such as myself at a retail price of $1285.00 ($1,179.99 at Cheaper Than Dirt!).
Yikes! That’s not cheap, but due to the influence from family and friends, I decided to pony up my hard-earned greenbacks to find out what set the SIG apart from the others. I’m talking “night and day difference” over any previous pistol I had shot. I had a chance to test fire the SIG P226. The difference was immediately apparent after the first five rounds from the SIG P226. The ejection and recoil was so smooth; I was left in awe. Once I fired the next 10 rounds from the magazine—taking my time—I learned how accurate the new SIG could be in my hands. My shots were dead on.
The pistol was comfortable in my hand with the unique beavertail design. The G-10 Hogue grips gave it a well-balanced and tight grip. After sending more rounds down range, I left the field thinking I better do some research. My task was to decide which version of the SIG P226 I would be interested in owning. SIG’s P226 is offered in several different variations such as the MK25 used by the Navy Seals, Tac Ops, Equinox, Combat, the interchangeable caliber Dak model and Scorpion.
I must admit, shopping online for a new SIG was a blast. Too many choices and so little money, but I had to chose just one. In the end, I decided the Scorpion had set itself apart with its flat dark earth finish and SIGLITE night sights, which are very bright even if you have left it locked in the safe or under a bed for months. SIG’s Scorpion also features a 15+1 magazine, stainless steel slide, machined high-grade aluminum alloy frame, with integrated Picatinny accessory rail and a woven durable recoil spring. The controls are easily accessible by either the thumb or index finger on each side. The SIG P226 also features a short-reset trigger, and a decocking lever that allow the user to safely decock the hammer without risking actuation of the firing pin.
SIG Sauer’s P226 Scorpion has an overall length of 7.7 inches with a 4.4-inch barrel and 5.5-inch height. The trigger pull is around 4.4 pounds single action or 10 pounds double action. Another feature that made the decision easier was the ability to easily fieldstrip the SIG whether you’re at home or the range. I will also add that this pistol will take hundreds of rounds before even beginning to look dirty. It almost seems to be self-cleaning after each round is fired. I have yet to have a round not eject smoothly from this pistol. I have primarily used Winchester 9mm FMJ or Remington FMJ target as well as home defense rounds.
Overall, in my opinion, the SIG Sauer P226 Scorpion is a fantastic pistol. Whether you’re an avid shooter or someone who wants a pistol that will fire every time you pull the trigger, without worry and hit the target, the Scorpion is a great choice. Sure, you may pay more for this weapon compared to some of the others on the market, but the quality is unmatched. After experiencing the SIG P226, I was hooked and have since added a SIG P938 to the collection.