In 1975, the Swiss company Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft (SIG) entered into an agreement with German firearms manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn to develop and market a new handgun for the defence and law enforcement market. The result was the SIG Sauer P220, which was a refinement of the earlier, Swiss made P210. The P210, which remains one of the finest service pistols ever made, was a Petter-Browning design first produced by the French prior to WWII as the 7.65mm L Pistolet modèle 1935A. The German Wehrmacht adopted the pistol as the Pistole 625(f).
Following WWII, Petter returned to his Swiss homeland where SIG produced his design as the P210 in 9x19mm Para. The locked breech design of the P226 was pioneered by SIG Sauer.
The P226 was the first SIG Sauer handgun to be sold in the U.S., initially by Browning as the ‘BDA’. It was entered into the U.S. XM9 Service Pistol Trials that were held by the US Army in 1984 on behalf of the US armed forces to find a replacement for the M1911A1. The two finalists were the Beretta 92SBF and the SIG P226, but Beretta offered a lower total package price and got the U.S. contract. However, the Navy SEALs, chose to adopt the P226 as the P226 MK25 with special corrosion protection.
SIG Sauer eventually founded SIGARMS, Inc. (now SIG Sauer) in the United States to handle importation of their products. In 2000, SIG Holding AG sold J.P. Sauer & Sohn GmbH to two German businessmen. The P226 has since been produced in the U.S. in several versions while the German factory stopped producing it recently.
The P226 Tactical Operations is a full-sized 9mm featuring a stainless steel slide with rugged, wear-resistant Nitron finish, front cocking serrations and SIGLITE rear night sight, a TRUGLO Tritium Fiber Optic front sight and features the Short Reset Trigger or SRT. SIG engineers designed the SRT to provide you the same great safety and smooth action of the SIG DA/SA with a comfortable reset that is 60% shorter for faster trigger return and surgical control during high speed shooting. The beavertail frame is black hard anodized light weight alloy with integral Picatinny rail and polymer Magwell grips. The pistol comes with four (4) 20-round high capacity magazines so it’s ready to see action. This TACOPS model features a threaded barrel for the attachment of a silencer device.