The SIG P226 Navy is a civilian version of the initial version of the P226 pistol issued to the U.S. Navy SEALs.

With the exception of an engraved anchor on the other side of the frame, he SIG P-226 Navy Looks like a standard P-226.

SIG is Swiss company that designed and manufactured the SIG P210 9mm service pistol for the Swiss military.  It is widely regarded as the most accurate and highest quality 9mm service pistol ever fielded.  It was also incredibly expensive, with current civilian versions manufactured in the U.S. costing around $1,200 and up.  Due to Swiss export laws, SIG could not really compete on the global market, so in 1976, they teamed up with Sauer a German gun manufacturer to produce firearms. They produce a wide range of pistols with the most common being the P220 and P225 single stack semi-autos and the P226, P227, and P228/P229 series of pistols.  The P220 and P227 are .45 ACP pistols, while the others are chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W and .357 SIG.   These guns have been adopted by the German Military, U.S. Military, FBI, Texas Rangers, U.S. Border Patrol, and many police departments around the world.  The P226 and P228/229 are the most widely adopted versions and all are double action/single actions, or double action only, and feature the Sig deck cocker above the left grip panel.  They are know for their reliability, accuracy, and but also, their cost, which limited their sales until they offered models with polymer frames, which lowered their cost.

When the U.S. military held its 9mm handgun trials that resulted in the Beretta 92/M9 being fielded, many thought the primary reason the Beretta won was due to cost.  However, even though the P226 did not win the big military contract, it was eventually adopted in limited numbers by the U.S. Navy SEALs as the P226 Navy and MK-25 (latest variant); by the U.S. Coast Guard; and many U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  Also, around the same time the Beretta was adopted as the standard service pistol, the compact version of the P226, the P228, was adopted as the M11 for concealed carry and other situations where small size was important.  So, the P228/M11 is currently carried by USAF OSI the USN Intelligence Service and by USN and USMC aviators as part of their survival gear.  The P320 is SIGs latest Military issue handgun and has been chosen to replace the Beretta M9 as M17 and M18 (compact version).

The Sig Sauer P226 Navy is a version of the pistol that lost to the Beretta 92, in the competition to find a replacement for the M1911.  The SIG however was still considered to be an outstanding design and became well known for its accuracy and reliability.  it soon found favor with law enforcement entities, like the FBI, SAS and the Texas Rangers.  Eventually it was selected by the U.S. Navy SEALs as their primary sidearm.  

The P226 Navy has the following changes:

        - Nitron coated slide and phosphate coated internal parts to better withstand salt water environments.  

        - Special slide markings with an anchor.

        - 3 15 round magazines are included (1 more than usual for P226s)

        - M1913 accessory rail for attaching tactical lights and lasers (this is offered on other P226s as well).

The rest of the gun the same as a standard current production P226.




Specifications

Version - SIG Sauer P226 Navy

Caliber - 9 x 19mm Parabellum

Frame - Alloy with M1913 rail for weapon light mounting and phosphate coated Internal components for salt water resistance.

Slide - Steel (some made in Germany) with Anchor engraved on the left side of the slide.

Action - Double/Single Action, Short Recoil.

Grips - Plastic.

Barrel - 4.4”

Overall Length - 7.7”.  

Weight - 2.125 lbs unloaded.

Magazines - 15 rd phosphate coated for salt water resistance detachable box.  Any standard P226 magazine will fit.

Sights - Line and dot Notch and blade

P226 Navy with Insight/Streamlight M6X Light/Laser mounted on Picatinny Rail.

U.S. Military SIG Sauer Pistols, clockwise from top left:  P226 Navy with M6X Light/Laser, M11-A1, M17, and MK-25D with U300X Light

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