SIG SAUER P226 MK25.
There are designs that transcend time. Like the 1911 handgun. Or the early Ford F-100. Or the P-51 Mustang.
They’re designs that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time, which is why they tend to stick around.
One such design is SIG SAUER’s P226, which has been a favorite of law enforcement, military and civilian shooters since 1984.
SIG recently released the version used by the Navy SEALs for civilian sale, and one email later I had a box with my name on it on the way to my FFL . . .
The standard P226 is an over-engineered marvel of gunsmithing. Whether it’s the polished finish on the frame or the butter-smooth feel of the slide slipping back and forth on the rails, there’s just something about the design that shooters love.
The fact that the things last forever doesn’t hurt either.
My first P226 was a police trade-in I bought for $300 and despite YEARS of heavy wear, the thing never had a single malfunction and shot as straight as an arrow.
Even my latest P226, a West German 1987 manufacture, has been running like a Swiss clock despite being older than I am (yep, you read that right).
But as with any gun, there were some things that could be improved upon from the original design. From the looks of things, SIG SAUER made a list of all those improvements, funneled them into a single design and then christened it the MK25.
When I showed the MK25 to Chris and Joe in Portland, they didn’t see much improvement over the standard design.
“The only difference is the anchor! And for that price, it better be painted with ground-up unicorn horn.” And to the untrained eye there isn’t much new and different. But the reality is that while the changes are relatively minor, they come together to make something much better than a stock P226.
The first thing you notice (besides the gold pressed latinum anchor) is the rail on the front of the gun. While a rail might not be something that everyone thinks they need, take it from someone who just competed in a midnight 3-gun: you need ALL the light you can get when you’re shooting at night.
There are a number of pistols on the marketplace, but very few have the reputation Sig Sauer has earned with the P226.
It’s widely known for its reliability and accuracy, which is why it’s a favorite among military personnel. Therefore, if you’re looking for a new firearm, this option is well worth your consideration.
In fact, if you ask a Navy Seal, they’ll likely tell you that the best pistol available is the P226.
There’s a number of reasons for this, which we will explore below in our Sig Sauer P226 review. Being a very popular firearm throughout the world, we thought we should write up a review.
How else will you know if it could be the perfect pistol for you? So, please keep reading to find out the reasons why you should or should not get yourself a P226.
Everyone’s needs are different, so this might not be the best firearm for everyone. However, it’s certainly one of the best there is and just might be right for you.
In this comprehensive review, we will help you explore its Pros and Cons, top features, and other reasons why you should keep one in your gun safe.
Before we get to the details of this firearm from Sig Sauer, we think it’s best to go through its history. Because understanding who it was designed for will give you a clearer picture of it’s a good choice for you.
So, was the Sig Sauer P226 designed for you?
No. Well, yes, if you’re in the military. Or were in the military. Or if you demand the same reliability, accuracy, and durability that the military requires.
The P226 was designed by Sig Sauer back in 1984, which is an auspicious year. Whether you’re an Orson Wells fan or not, the thought of what might come of this world is the main reason to purchase a firearm.
It’s entirely the military’s fault…
Sig Sauer designed and produced the P226 for entry in the U.S. Army’s 1984 XM9 Service Pistol Trials.
This was brought about by a military investigation that found there were dozens of different pistols used in different branches of the armed forces.
As seems obvious in hindsight, this was deemed to be problematic due to ammunition production, and unreliable firearms.
Also, at that time, the U.S.A. was the only NATO member that did not have a standardized handgun and ammunition.
The Service Pistol Trials were set up to fix this issue. They specified a range of requirements, and the manufacturers competed for the lucrative government contract.
What requirements did the U.S. military put in place?
Having not officially updated the service pistol since WWI, there was a lot of room for improvement.
The new requirements included a 1-hand-operated magazine release, 9mm chambering, 13 round capacity, and a great deal more.
In fact, there were 85 requirements in all, with 72 of them being non-negotiable.