Sig P226 Accessories
Chances are, if you’re here you’ve seen our recent article covering what we think are the best 9mm pistols. It’s an excellent cartridge, and it’s no wonder that it has become arguably the most popular concealed carry round on the planet. In that category, few pistols have the provenance that is afforded to the Sig Sauer P226.
Sig has been making 9mm pistols since the cartridge was new, and their entry into the United States’ competition to replace the 1911 was the legendary Sig P226. It didn’t win the larger competition, but was later picked up by the SEALS as the Mk25, which you can still buy from Sig. This all steel firearm comes with a decocker and a long, double-action trigger pull in order to cock the hammer, making it one of the best choices out there for concealed carry. Frankly, if it’s good enough for the frogmen, it’s more than good enough anything you can probably get yourself into.
Here are ten things we think will help you get on the ground running in carry the Sig P226. Basically, we don’t modify the gun itself much at all, since the folks at Sig Sauer really got it right with this one. Instead, we picked out ten accessories that will help you make the best use of this excellent firearm. We hope you find something that you find really useful on this list, and check out our recommendations. Some of these, like the holsters, require no work on your part and have massive quality of life improvement for the dollar in terms of making the Sig P226 easier to use. Others, such as sights and new barrels, can drop in pretty easily and make a big difference. With a little bit of tinkering, you can also dial in the grip to fit you perfectly. Overall, the P226 is a great platform to use right off the line. With just a bit of modification, it’s really no wonder that it has been one of the most popular handguns for decades.
Mec-Gar 18 Round Magazine
Of course, you’re going to need magazines in order to concealed carry this 9mm pistol. The Sig, being one of the more popular handguns on the market, has a pretty large aftermarket for magazines. Sig makes fantastic products all around. They run with tight tolerances and function fantastically well due to superior Swiss engineering. One of the things that some folks do not love about the superior Swiss engineering, are the superior Swiss prices for OEM parts.
With that in mind, these 18 round magazines from Mec-Gar are an excellent, and substantially more affordable option to keep your P226 well fed. These have a steel construction, and come with an anti-friction coating. Having a good, reliable magazine is, in many ways, the heart of any concealed carry system, and we feel comfortable recommending these to use on a daily basis. If anything, at this price, you might do well to pick up a few to make sure that you always have a sufficient number of magazines on hand.
Identilock for Sig
Responsible firearms ownership is the responsibility of all of us. With that said, we do also want to retain fast access to our firearms if we need them. One solution to this is the seriously cool system developed by Identilock.
Basically, Identilock is a gun lock that secures the trigger guard of the firearm, while maintaining fast access. All you have to do is press your finger over the pad reader, and the firearm will unlock. In the unlikely event that the battery has died, you can also unlock the gun with a provided key. Basically, this system keeps unauthorized users out of your firearm, but won’t slow you down much if you need access in a quick fashion.
SilencerCo Threaded Barrel
When it comes to kit, the SEALS tend to get things pretty well right. From their early adoption to the M16 in Vietnam, to the P226 in contemporary times. One thing those gentlemen like to do is get in, and out, without being noticed. Thus, the 226 is designed well to take a suppressor. This is a major benefit to us, as 9mm is one of the cartridges that performs best with a suppressor. As we had mentioned before, the Sig 226 is an excellent suppressor host. The all steel construction already keeps recoil low. Additionally, it does look damn cool with a can off of the front. If you’re a total purist and only want to use Swiss parts on your Swiss gun, the Sig barrel is the way to go. But, finding a suppressor in 13.5×1 left handed thread can be a little bit of a pain. What if you already have a 9mm can, and want to be able to get more use out of it?
If that’s you, pick up this Silencerco barrel. Silencerco is arguably one of the better manufacturers of suppressors on the market today, and they make barrels as well. Like the Sig barrel, this one just drops in while the gun is already apart. The difference here is that this one is in the more common 1/2×28 thread, so you have broader suppressor choices. This gorgeous stainless barrel, with thread protector is one of the best choices on the market for the P226, and if you happen to need a barrel for an older or well used model, this would be a great call.
Hogue Black Rubber Grips
We think that, generally, the Sig P226 is one of the more ergonomic 9mm pistols straight out of the box and makes an excellent concealed carry weapon right off the bat. With that said, some people don’t love the original grips, manage to damage them, or for one reason or another wish to replace them. If that’s something you’re interested in, we have something for you.
These Hogue grips come in black rubber, and wrap around the back of the grip. They’re just a little bit bigger than the stock grips, but not so much that they’d interfere with fitment in the vast majority of holsters, or make you print any worse than you already are. These have an excellent texture and ergonomics, making them a solid upgrade if you want to change our the grips on your 226.
Truglo TFX Sights
Another major upgrade that you can make to the P226 is in the sights. While the ones that come stock with the gun are perfectly serviceable, and some models with the night sights are downright awesome, some people want more options. And these, by Truglo are great.
Basically, this replaces the front and rear sights with glowing fiber optics that you can see in nearly any light condition. These make the sight picture super simple: just line up the dots and you’re on target. With the all steel construction, they’re also highly durable should you end up banging them around a little. These TFX sights by Truglo are a great sighting option for the P226.
Hogue Aluminum Grips
If weight isn’t a major concern to you, but you want one of the coolest looking P226’s ever, we recommend these excellent grips by Hogue. From a distance they look like the regular grips, but this is not the case. Instead, what you have is an aluminum set of fully machined grips that will last for the lifetime of the firearm. They install with just a few screws and represent a serious update. While metal grips are a little out of fashion among the polymer crowd, the sheer build quality of these grips makes the extra weight more than worth it.
Sig P226 TekMat
The P226 is, in our opinion, a beautiful gun. The finishes they come in are generally durable and very well done. The firearm is a tool that is meant to be carried and used, but that doesn’t mean that you need to beat on the tools. Instead, we recommend taking care of your tools as best as you possibly can.
To that end, you also, like us, clean your guns at home on a table. If you’re lucky you have a workbench on which to do such things. No matter where you clean your gun, you’d rather not scratch the gun, lose parts, or damage the table. Thus, we recommend Tekmats. They’re pretty simple in concept, it’s a rubber mat with a printed neoprene finish that you place on a surface to make it a little softer spot on which to work on your guns. This one has the parts diagram of the P226 printed on it, which we think comes in handy. They also make lots of other pistol versions, rifle versions, and some novelty products as well, so check them out
Promag 32 Round Steel Magazine
The first magazine we recommended was around the standard capacity for a Sig P226, 18 rounds. With that said, sometimes that just will not do. When you do run into a truly bad situation, sometimes a little more firepower is necessary. While they may be a little harder to conceal, and thus maybe not the best call for your normal CCW magazine, as a spare mag can be put in a bag, and thus size might be a little less than issue.
Here, we recommend the promag extended magazines for your 9mm Sig p226. This one has a 32 round capacity, nearly doubling the capacity. If you need to put down suppressing fire with the Sig, this all steel magazine will certainly get the job done. It’s also very hard to beat the sheer fun of doing a mag dump of 32 rounds with a pistol this nice. These run like butter, and will certainly do so with these magazines.
3VGear Rapid Deployment Pack
The Sig p226 is kind of heavy. If you add everything from this list, you’re going to have a few extra magazines and perhaps a suppressor. All of that, plus probably a cleaning kit and, if you’re smart, some ear protection, starts to become sort of a lot of stuff. What can you do to keep all of that handy, while still being able to deploy the gun quickly if need be?
We recommend the US Peacekeeper Rapid Deployment pack. It has a few outside pockets for magazines or, in this case, perhaps an easily accessible medical kit. There’s also a fairly sizable interior pocket to store whatever you may need. We think you may even be able to fit a Tekmat in there and turn this thing into a mini range bag. Then, there’s a special compartment just for the gun, to make it possible to draw and fire quickly if necessary. Overall, this is a solid bag if off-body-carry is something you want to consider.
Safariland Waistband Holster
Off body carry is, obviously, not for everyone. If anything it means that you might need an extra second or so to draw your firearm when seconds really, really matter. With that said, you might want to consider a little bit different option when it comes to getting the P226 on your person.
Safariland makes some of the best holsters on the market. This one, an outside the waistband holster comes with great retention and it can be adjusted in terms of cant and position to be comfortable for a very wide range of users. These are great for people who intend to carry their 226 a lot, whether it’s concealed under a cover garment, open carry, duty carry, or for competition at the range. The hard polymer design, their patented retention systems, and their general commitment to great quality make this a great holster choice for an excellent sidearm.
The P226 is easily one of the best 9mm pistols ever made. That’s why, in this list, we don’t really make too many changes to the gun itself. Instead, we focus on small upgrades that might make good performance or concealed carry gains for you. For example, sticking on a new barrel and a suppressor might make the weapon a little more capable for home defense, and the short reset trigger will make for faster follow up shots. Overall, this is one of those firearms that you will be very happy to own.