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Old 12-22-2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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USP vs P226

Just looking for pros and cons.

Anyone have experience with both?

Not set on 9mm or 40, but willing to listen to that as well.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:38 PM   #2
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Both great guns depends which fits you better imo. I chose the p226 elite dark. I'll get a usp tactical one day as well

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Old 12-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #3
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I have a 226 in 9mm and a USP-Compact Tactical in .45. Both great guns. if you have more specific questions, I can try and help
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:56 PM   #4
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I have a 226 in 9mm and a USP-Compact Tactical in .45. Both great guns. if you have more specific questions, I can try and help
Awesome, can u just give some insight on pros/cons?

I really like both, and both fit my hands well. I wasn't considering 45, rather 40 at the most for mostly target. Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:00 PM   #5
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Pro:
-combat proven reliability
-polymer frame is lighter
-external safety is in "1911 style" design, so easy to manipulate
-excellent trigger

Con:
-proprietary rail does not accept conventional picatinny weaponlights, so you need an adapter (SureFire makes one)
-Very expensive
-Large grip
-HK. Because you suck. And we hate you. (HK is known to have very poor customer support, and getting replacement parts is difficult)


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Sig P226

Pro:
-combat proven reliability
-metal frame is very strong
-no external safety, which aids simplistic/minimalist design
-hammer decock lever for safe decocking
-Some models have a picatinny style rail, which accepts conventional weaponlights

Cons:
-metal frame is heavier, which is not always conducive to CCW
-long trigger pull is a problem for women and small-handed shooters
-expensive
-Recent complaints with Sig rifles having poor build quality and reliability. Unknown if this is going to affect pistols (so far it does not appear to)
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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Awesome, can u just give some insight on pros/cons?

I really like both, and both fit my hands well. I wasn't considering 45, rather 40 at the most for mostly target. Thanks in advance!
I echo much of what Reedo said. My experience is slightly different that what you're looking for I think. The 226 is a considerably larger weapon than the USP-CT, but that's because my USP is not full size. They're not really in the same category.

If for target, you're going to want a larger weapon for the longer barrel. If I remember correctly, the sights on USPs are adjustable (at least on the Tactical and the match) while those on the 226 are not adjustable as far as I am aware, so that might be a big consideration.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:51 PM   #7
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thanks to you both. i really like the p226 with the rail. i'll have to keep researching, but i'm leaning towards the sig.
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I would also recommend looking at an HK P30 or P30L, or HK45.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:02 PM   #10
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Look at the Compact version.
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I would also recommend looking at an HK P30 or P30L, or HK45.


I have a P30 and prefer it to a Sig 226. I don't own a Sig 226 but I have used one extensively. I prefer the lighter frame of the P30 and the more comfortable grip (among a few other minor details). Parts are easy to get via internet (hkparts.net) but getting replacements directly from HK is next to impossible.

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Old 12-23-2012, 05:07 PM   #12
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8 years working land & water based patrol in So Cal with my then department issued HK USP 45 and I had no complaints!

What a great sidearm to have on patrol. Sure there are some pros & cons to every firearm but that USP 45 felt great! Smooth double action (on first round) & single action thereafter, simple safety & de-cocker. Also very easy to maintain I a salt water environment as most metal frame firearms rusted over time.

Any who when I left my old department I had to leave my USP 45 behind. And although my new department made me switch to a Glock 21 (also a very good firearm) I still miss the days of my USP 45. That was one firearm I don't think I will ever forget!
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I never liked the pps, I feel like the only reason people even own the pps is because of 007.
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I never liked the pps, I feel like the only reason people even own the pps is because of 007.
Exact reason why chase wants one

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I have a HK P30L 9mm and Sig P226 TacOps 9mm 20 round

Personally, I think the HK is a better shooter but the P226 TacOps is my SHTF handgun..if there is such a thing besides my HK Mark 23. That is by far, the most awesome shooting semi auto handgun I have ever owned.

I love the weight of the P226, I love the feel and accuracy of the HK P30L. Both are favorites of mine so win win.
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I have a HK P30L 9mm and Sig P226 TacOps 9mm 20 round

Personally, I think the HK is a better shooter but the P226 TacOps is my SHTF handgun..if there is such a thing besides my HK Mark 23. That is by far, the most awesome shooting semi auto handgun I have ever owned.

I love the weight of the P226, I love the feel and accuracy of the HK P30L. Both are favorites of mine so win win.
i also love the weight of the p226, i like a heavier handgun.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:08 AM   #19
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I've always wanted a USP. Finally some variants have become MA compliant but I think it's only the 40cal. I'd really rather have the 9 if only for the cheaper ammo costs.
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