Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft, is known worldwide as SIG, a Swiss company that started in 1853 to make Wagons and Rail cars. In 1860 they started their venture into the small arms with their competition to have their rifles selected by Switzerland’s ministry of Defense. One order for 30,000 rifles later…the rest is history.
The P226 pistol is SIG’s full size combat pistol utilized by US Army, US Navy SEALS, and Texas Rangers, just to name a few. The sub model MK25 in this review is the model used specifically by the Navy SEALS. The P226 MK 25 (9x19mm Luger) was developed with combat operations in mind, which means it needed to meet certain criteria from the Department of Defense. It must be Accurate, it must be durable, and it must be easy to maintain. Mission accomplished, SIG. The MK25 includes an engraving of an anchor on the slide next to the make and model identifier. The engraving does not make the weapon function better, but having such respect for the SEALS and knowing that it was intended for their operations creates an immediate mystique when holding the pistol.
This is a full sized combat pistol with an alloy frame and stainless steel slide with integrated M1913 accessory rail. With the magazine, the pistol weighs in at 34.4 ounces (2.15 lbs). This is not light weight by pistol standards – much the reason I love it so very much. There is a certain heft that one can expect which gives the feeling of quality, and this does not disappoint. The weight however does not take away the joy of shooting this pistol for extended lengths of time.
Range Report: With an overall length of 7.7 inches, sight radius of 6.3 inches, and 4.4 inch barrel, this pistol is a superb shooter. Whether you’re shooting at 3 meters or 25 meters this will put you on target. Felt recoil when shooting is almost non-existent which makes follow-up shots easier to hold target. The MK25 comes standard with SIGLITE night sights that come in handy around evening hours. The only issue I’d highlight with the SIGLITE night sights is the lack of contrast in the daylight compared to some other sights. However, that has never stopped me from hitting the target with them. The polymer grips that come with the pistol are very comfortable and slimmer than the Hogue rubber grips that you can pick up for $30. Unless you have a preference for Hogue or have huge bear paw hands, take that $30 and buy some ammo, you’ll want it.
Magazines: You can choose 10 or 15 rounds, and the pistol comes with three magazines – all metal except the follower. Serpent Tactical offers P226 magazines available, I ordered two myself (can’t have too many).
There are many P226 models available. The MK25 comes in Black or Desert (FDE) with MSRP of $1166 - however you can expect to pay $1000. I have owned numerous SIG P226 models; this is by far the most impressive. The Double Action (DA)/Single Action (SA) trigger with a pull of 10 lb/4.4 lb respectively, has a crisp clean pull. The MK25 also features a de-cocking lever adjacent the slide release lever not seen in P226 DAK or Elite SAO models. When considering intent, budget, and investment, my opinion is money well spent and I would not hesitate to buy one. For those considering a MK25, or you’re on the fence – you will not be disappointed.