Why is the SIG Sauer P226 Scorpion Such a Great Pistol?

SIG Sauer P226 Scorpion right side flat dark earth

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.

SIG Sauer P226 Scorpion right side desert tan
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.

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 P226 Scorpion right side flat dark earth
Overall, in the author’s opinion, the SIG Sauer P226 Scorpion is a fantastic pistol.

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.

Have you ever shot a SIG? Were you an immediate convert like our guest blogger? Share your thoughts or experiences in the comment section.

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Comments (32)

  1. sigs are the best out there if you ask me.
    One of the big positives would be an unlimited way to customize the gun.
    Frame finishes; fde, black, stainless.
    Frame types; stainless, aluminum.
    Several trigger options.
    Hundreds of grip options; polymer in several colors and textures, aluminum in several grips and textures, wood in several grips and textures, E2 slim design.
    Try changing your grip on a glock or HK 🙂
    In order to do that you will have to melt or stipple your frame and ruin your gun.

  2. I’M A NRA Firearms Instructor. When my students get to fire my P226 in (357 SIG no less) or my SG 556 they immediately start asking question all about it, ending with, where did you get yours?

    I buy NOTHING but SIG Sauer for myself!

  3. After having fired numerous hand guns.

    all of which I loved, I picked up a P226 MK25 never having even fires it and bought it as my first gun, I’ve since become a sig fan boy and have never faltered. It’s expensive but you are getting what you pay for and then some. These pistols (P226) are superb, the grip is great the sights are phenomenal. And the recoil is the smoothest of them all I have to say.

    SIG SAUER <3

  4. I purely love Sig products. I bought my first, a P-226, in 1985. Since then I have added a P-229 and a P-239. They are excellent products, and te great thing about the Sig family is that the ergonomics are identical, so you don’t have to think when switching from one to another.

  5. I just recently purchased a cig P 226 extreme on a whim when I found a great deal. I had always been interested in trying one and took this chance and could not be happier. I basically had the same experience as the author. I shot it for the first time on the 4th of July and this is the only pistol that I like better than my 1911. I have owned many polymer pistols but now I see the difference and it is totally worth it.

    1. I’ve never own a gun in my life and want to buy one for the first time. I’ve tried the Glock 17 and 19 but never the Sig Sauer 226. My local gun store has a Sig Sauer 226 scorpion elite. They didn’t have any to try, but I held it and dry shot a few times and it felt food. I guess my question is: Should I buy this gun or just go with a Glock? Money is not the issue here. Any advice would be welcome!

  6. All I carry and now own are Sig’s. Love the 220, carried a 229 for years. Now I carry a Sig 1911 scorpion carry. When I buy a pistol caliber sub gun, it will be an MPX

  7. As a female with very small hands, I second the vote for the P238 as an excellent carry weapon. (I use the extended clip as well.)

    My short fingers mean I have a hard time reaching most triggers for a nice even squeeze without pulling, but the P238 is perfect….

  8. I read about the quality and the out-of-the-box accuracy of the Sigs, and so when I bought a 45, I had to have the P220 Combat (w/o threaded barrel, sad to say), the one YouTubers were saying was indestructible. It”s bit heavy but not for a 45acp and capacity is 8+1, with the NightSites. Military spec all the way. I agree, the recoil was surprisingly smooth and easy to aim. Came with a 10 round mag. I like it.

  9. Agree with you 100%
    I own a P229 in 9mm and a P226 in 40S&W.
    After shooting these two Sigs I can’t understand why anyone would want any brand striker type plastic pistol.
    And,,, Especially Glocks!
    I had to dig a little deeper in the wallet for these two guns but they are definitely worth the extra expense.
    I plan on getting the new 10mm P220 in camo with a Red Dot next.

  10. I have ALWAYS been a Sig fan. Excellent pistols, great ergonomics, easy to take down and very reliable. My only complaint is that I am a DA/SA aficionado and the DA pull on the Sigs has never been to my liking. I became a custom CZ guy and now own four (CGW, CZC and Automatic Accuracy for custom work). I sold my Sigs, except for an M11–A1 and an X-five all-around. However, as soon as I heard about Gray Guns, not only did I send Bruce my M11, I also went and bought another P226 TacOps (.40) and a P227 SAS and had the sellers send directly to him. I have yet to get them back (along with an HK P2k), but am psyched that they should turn out like my CZ’s. If so, I’ll be sending him my X-five later in the year. BTW, only S&W competes with Sig customer service, both are fantastic.

  11. I am also a tremendous fan of Sig Sauer. As a retired (after 32 years) law enforcement type, I carried my P226 on duty for many years. I found it easy to carry, easy to handle and extremely accurate. I still qualify with it every year to renew my HR218. Also have a Sig Pro (9mm), a P230 (.380) which is my conceal carry gun, and my wife has a P238 she carries in her purse. We also have a Sig Mosquito to practice with, which operates identically to the P238. The pretty one is the M400.
    I also have a collection of Rugers, with the emphasis on collection, although they are great guns because of the affordability and I enjoy them all. They include a newly purchased AR556, a 10/22, and a PC9 (police carbine in 9mm) and a Mini-14 which is a fine piece of gun.
    But my “go to” guns are Sigs for sure.

    1. I have to concur Mike !

      Have a collection so to speak also. P226 MK25, P229, P220 and a P290RS ( for CCW). The 290 is a little hard to be accurate with…. BUT, with practice it is quite good! SIGs feel great in the hand and my wife who is much smaller loves them as well…. over the 92fs.

      I also like Rugers and have and LCR for carry and a 10/22 and a Mni-14 . Love them both.

  12. Like others on here I have owned and or used ( Military service ) numerous hand guns. Some were easier to use, sone more pleasant to use, some heavier, some lighter, and so on and so on. One thing remained consistant– they ALL did what they were designed for.
    When it came time gor my Wife to take her CHL test we looked at numerous brands and calibers of simi-autos. She (we ) settled on the Sig P238. The wepon performs flawlesly and with an extended mag fit her very well. The ease of operation of the slide was VERY important to her, and she handles it with amazing precission. Her 50 rpund test target had 6 rounds that were not in. 3 inch “hole” center mass. Those 6 were placed center mass of the head at the instructors request at 15 yards. They were her last remaining rounds, and I imagine he was suspect of the number of rounds center mass.
    All that aside, I am not trying to decide which Sig I will be carrying in the future. Good workmanship, quality, reliability, and ease of operation and cleaning.
    NUFF SAID !!!

  13. The comments about the night sights are a bit confusing. They do not need to be charged by being put into the light. They are tritium filled capsules and will glow for approximately 12 years and slowly get dimmer. I also have a scorpion and it is an excellent handgun.

  14. Owner of an East German Sig and a relatively new (2 years old) TacOps both in 9mm. The TacOps surprised me as I didn’t think the fiber optic front sights were going to be a big deal but boy was I wrong. It is great! The grip was just a bit thicker and fits my hand even better than the EG Sig.

    I recommend Sigs to everybody and at least two have purchased them. They love them as well.

    I originally bought the Sig because of its reputation for accuracy right out of the box and its superb machining. Sig has continued in this tradition which pleases me.

  15. I have a P229r in .40 and the P938 SAS 9 mm. Both well made, reliable pistols. I eschew plastic frames, preferring steel or aluminum alloy.

    The P229 is essentially the same gun as the P226, just with a shorter barrel that for some, makes it that much easier to conceal carry. And while I would prefer to have the P229 (or a P226) when bad things happen, I’m getting up there in years, and my old bod starts complaining with that much weight hanging from belt or shoulder holster.

    The P938, on the other hand, is just about unnoticeable even by evening time. In fact, I once forgot to put the gun in my holster while dressing – went the whole day before I noticed the empty holster.

    Unlike many smaller pistols, the P938 has very good manners shooting the 9 mm, plus is has excellent sights and is accurate. Downside? Only 7 + 1, so that accuracy is a good thing.

  16. As a law enforcement professional and firearms instructor Sig Sauer is my favorite maker of firearms. Yes they are more expensive than some of the others but you get what you pay for. I own a 238,938 229 scorpion,1911 45,(2 variations), p245 and 1911-22 (2). M400,M400 pistol, 716 and have never experienced any problems with any of the aforementioned. Sigs also hold their value and I consider them an investment. I own several other brands but Sigs will always be my favorite to own and shoot.

  17. I own 3 Sigs, P220, P220 Compact SAS, P227 SAS, all in 45ACP, my favorite is the 227. Both SAS versions are concealable due to the 3.9 inch barrel. They are all very accurate and highly reliable, the 45 ACP has a lot more recoil than the 9 mm and double taps are not as quick, but I prefer the heaver bullets in the 45. However, I’m considering picking up the P226 SAS because my wife doesn’t like the recoil of the 45s (she likes my Ruger SP101 loaded up with 38 +Ps), the 9 mm will give her more shots if needed.

  18. I have an older standard model 226, and I too have had ZERO problems with it in all this time. I think I paid about $580 for it NIB, with 2 mags.
    Providing that our government allows us to own handguns in the future, I have no doubt that my Sig will continue to function flawlessly when my grandson passes it down to his grandson.

  19. In the last fifteen years I have been on an odyssey in hand gun ownership and usage. When I first started out, I wanted a powerful, compact package and I selected an XD .40 subcompact. Boy, at my experience level at that time, that was a mistake! I didn’t know how to shoot a hand gun, I didn’t understand how caliber and bullet weight affected the handling of the weapon, etc. At this point I own or have owned 1911’s (like
    ’em, don’t carry them) of various calibers/sizes, XD’s of various of various calibers/sizes, SIG’s of of various calibers/sizes, and many, many other hand guns. I now can shoot very competently in what I care about — self defense, draw from concealment and two to the torso, and one to the head box. After all is said and done, I prefer full sized (bigger is better in my hand) hand guns, with a big a mag as I can get. My current concealed carry is a SIG P320. If I was going to “go to war,” I would have either I SIG P226 TacOps with a 20 round mag or an XD .45 tactical with 15 rounds (I think) of .45 ACP goodness. These BIG hand guns shoot straight, handle like a dream and have minimal felt recoil.

    By the way, I find that most hand gun reviews and discussions rarely mention gun handling. I regularly practice speed tactical reloads, type 1,2 and 3 malfunction drills. If you carry and run a semi-automatic hand gun you better be practicing these drills as a malfunction WILL happen eventually — even with at SIG. Semper SIG!

  20. I always enjoy shooters comments about what they shoot and carry and why they made the choice/choices they did. I try to buy used as close to NIB as I can find. My 226 is one of the older ones but picked it up NIB for 400 bucks. I like Sigs because they fit my hand perfectly, always work, hit where I aim and look like a serious sidearm. I have two 226, 1 228 and 1 229. When sonny boys SF unit went to Desert Storm I sent him with a 226. Bout says it all for me. Wish I would have had on in Nam as our 1911s were junk. Not the guns fault just lousy care by the Army.

  21. The P226 is a beautiful gun. My wife really wants one, and we nearly bought one at the last gun show we attended, but common sense got the better of desire and we decided to hold off.

    I doubt that will happen again. 😉

  22. Sig pistols are definitely well-made and shoot well, but I find I prefer striker-fired pistols for the consistent trigger and thinner frames. As an example, the single-stack P239 is the same thickness as a double-stack M&P/XD/Glock.

    That said, if you enjoy DA/SA pistols you’d be hard-pressed to find one with a better trigger from the factory.

  23. I to have fallen in love with my Sig 320. Having carried various models of Glocks I became disillusioned with the Glocks. the 21 19 36 and 42 in a hundred round range firing gave me between 1 to 4 malfunctions with 6 different commercial ammo. I always hand that back of thee mind thing if I needed in a SD situation would it develop a malfunction at the most inconvenient time. When Sig came out with the striker fired (my preference) I bought a full size 9mm. Last week I passed 4000 rounds without a hiccup. It is my EDC and I have nothing but complete confidence that if I should need it when I pull the bang switch it will do just that.J.

  24. Call me a n out of date old man but when I hear that Colt is on the verge of declaring bankruptcy it galds my butt with articles such as this. Colt not only helped settle and win this country but mine has never let me down! If we keep turning our backs on products invented by American know how what are we going to have left to take pride in?

    1. Conceptually I agree with you – but Colt hasn’t remained sufficiently competitive – they’ve depended on 1911, AR, and M4 sales (beginning especially dependent on the military contract they’ve now lost) that I find it hard to pick Colt – I have a 1911 and it’s a great gun – but it’s heavier loaded 7+1 than my Beretta 92 FS with a 20 rd mag – so I carry the Beretta – we can argue about relative stopping power but 2000fps +Ps will have no problem putting someone down (even behind level 3 plate) – when I need more compact carry, my Sig P232 is a far nicer gun than Colt’s Mustang (and I got it new for $300 less than the mustang) – I’ve had a Colt AR for years but recently built a new one myself and it runs rings around Colt’s latest AR offerings for fast less $$ – I’m planning to even “retire” my 1911 by converting it into a fully tricked out carbine because I just never carry it anymore as is – hate to see an American icon stumble like this, but Colt desperately needed better management all these years

    2. Archangel – What company sells 2000fps +P 9mm? If you are reloading, please give me bullet type and weight and powder type and charge. That’s phenomenal energy from a 5″ barrel pistol. Assuming a 115gr bullet that’s over 1000 ft lbs of energy. Aren’t you concerned about running that ammo in your alloy-framed Beretta? Good thing you have the FS model so if the slide breaks it won’t fly off and poke your eye.

    3. Sonny, Colt brought their fate down upon themselves. they neglected the consumer market for fat, military & Gov’t contracts. when they dried up, Colt was left with a lovely .45 that was sadly not price competitive. And they abandoned the modern revolver marrket. instead of innovating and doing some re-design on the Pythons, etc. to remove a lot of the costly hand assembly, they just threw the baby out with the bathwater. S&W developed a nice revolver business and Colt should have taken some notes. Everyone wants old Pythons now…but they won’t be shooting them-try to find ANY replacement parts-or find a gunsmith that can work on them…forget it. I sold all my 12 snake guns a few years ago and bought some cherry S&W’s instead as most parts are still available and i like to shoot-not pull em from the safe once a year for bragging rights.

  25. I own 22 handguns. The Sig Sauer P226 continues to be my favorite as well. I’ve owned the P226 Stainless Elite in 9MM for about 5 years now. I bought it on a recommendation from an experienced US Marine operator, my son.

    As an engineer, I find the P226 as one of those clean, simple and tested designs that is the result of many years of experience. It is milled wonderfully, works very smoothly, fits my hands just right and turns me into a skilled and accurate shooter. It’s not a conceal carry handgun, but for what it was designed for it is still my best handgun. It is a joy to shoot every time and still attracts curiosity seekers at my ranges. A beautiful piece of dependable ordnance and my go to handgun at home. I also own a P232 and two P229’s.

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