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    Question about my Sig 226...any Sig experts please help!

    Long story short, dad got a Sig P226 several years ago for free from a customer whose husband passed away. He never carries it, so I'd rather let it sit in a holster than a safe :P

    It's a two tone 226, I believe the slide is a stainless steel finish. The proof marks underneath the muzzle are a "JJ" indicating it was made in '88. It says "Made in W. Germany" on the right side of the slide, and "Herndon, VA" on the left. It has a ported barrel and slide. The serial number is U354 00x. I found on a forum a list of Sig Sauer models and serial number prefixes and suffixes to indicate what they are, and the U354 prefix was non-existent on the list. It has a standard Sig Sauer DA/SA trigger with a decocker on the left side of the weapon. Anyone have any bright ideas as to what this is? I couldn't find any model of 226 that matches it.

    PS, I tried registering on sigforums.com and it wouldn't recognize my gmail account...so I came here :P

    I'm not looking to sell it, I love this gun...just wanting to know if I have something special or not. Regardless, it's a nice gun. Thanks fellas.

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    What it appears to be, by my account, is a West German gun that has been modified.

    The list on sigforums.com isn't complete by any means, but give a rough idea of where serial number dates should fall. Your serial number is in the range for a 1988 Sig P226, as well as your slide.

    Herndon, VA was the home of SIGARMS from the late 80's to early 90's. So, your gun was imported through them in 1988. If your grips are original they should have a date stamp on the inside that looks like a clock that should match the guns '88 build date. You have a very nice looking West Germany P226.

    You didn't say what caliber the gun is, but with the porting, I am going to assume 40 cal. Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but a ported barrel was not a factory option on your gun. Same goes for the nickel controls. I would guess that someone use to run the gun in open class competitions and had the slide modified and an aftermarket barrel put in.

    Even though IMHO the gun isn't something "special", I bet it shoots great. I wish my Sig P226 looked as pretty as that one. Of course I don't have to worry much about adding yet another nick to the finish of my gun. Have fun with it and marvel at the flames coming out the ports when firing hot loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCEarp View Post
    What it appears to be, by my account, is a West German gun that has been modified.

    The list on sigforums.com isn't complete by any means, but give a rough idea of where serial number dates should fall. Your serial number is in the range for a 1988 Sig P226, as well as your slide.

    Herndon, VA was the home of SIGARMS from the late 80's to early 90's. So, your gun was imported through them in 1988. If your grips are original they should have a date stamp on the inside that looks like a clock that should match the guns '88 build date. You have a very nice looking West Germany P226.

    You didn't say what caliber the gun is, but with the porting, I am going to assume 40 cal. Someone will correct me if I am wrong, but a ported barrel was not a factory option on your gun. Same goes for the nickel controls. I would guess that someone use to run the gun in open class competitions and had the slide modified and an aftermarket barrel put in.

    Even though IMHO the gun isn't something "special", I bet it shoots great. I wish my Sig P226 looked as pretty as that one. Of course I don't have to worry much about adding yet another nick to the finish of my gun. Have fun with it and marvel at the flames coming out the ports when firing hot loads.
    Apologies, it's actually a 9mm. Also, the barrel SERNO matches the receiver and slide. How can you tell if the finish is nickel vs. stainless steel? I just assume it's stainless steel because nice things generally don't just fall into my hands like this haha. It does shoot great, obviously little to no muzzle flip even with hot loads, and while I haven't shot it in low light conditions, there isn't the blinding flash I've seen from other ported weapons. I actually haven't noticed a difference between that and any other 9mm I've shot or owned on muzzle flash.

    Thanks for the info though, I'll take off these grips at some point and take a peek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shastadude17 View Post
    How can you tell if the finish is nickel vs. stainless steel? ... no muzzle flip even with hot loads.
    A stainless steel frame will be significantly heavier than the standard aluminum frame, about 8 to 9 ounces heavier. That weight will significantly dampen perceived recoil as you describe. That said, SIG doesn't make very many stainless steel frames and they are sought after for their dampening of recoil as well as the superior durability of the stainless steel frame. The anodize finish on aluminum frames can wear off over time, indeed, a rather short time, if the gun isn't properly lubricated.

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    Easiest way to check for stainless steel on your Sig is with a magnet. You should have a stainless steel slide with an alloy frame and nickel controls.

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    Outstanding guys, thanks much.

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