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Old 05-18-2002, 09:21 PM   #1
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What do you think and why?
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Old 05-21-2002, 01:36 AM   #2
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The Sig 226 I would judge to be the better of the 2 pistols. Both are fine guns but I prefer the design of the Sig more. For example it has less parts, just as good of a trigger pull, and the barrel is fully covered, and the most important is the lock up. If you notice the Sigs barrel locks up very tight in the front and back. Where as the berettas barrel moves, although it can be fixed by using the Jarvis barrel. And when performing failure drills the barrel on Berettas get hot, and if you touch it you will get burned. I also don't like to have to replace the locking block every 3000 rounds or so. My sig has had over 6000 rounds through it without a hickup. Have also had a double charge using +P ammo and the gun just barked a little louder (Ha ha) than normal. In the military I had the Beretta break on me after fireing 10 proof rounds. My Sig went all day digesting proof rounds. Any how that is my 2 cents worth. Good shooting

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Old 05-22-2002, 05:22 AM   #3
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I don't own either model, but I do own a sig, and overall, sigs are known for their accuracy, and reliability.
My sig certainly has not done anything to blemish their reputation with me.
I shot a 3" 10 shot group offhand yesterday with my 2340 at 25 yds.
My friend, with his 96 inox, was hard pressed to keep his groups at the same distance on a 6" circle.
The beretta is a fine gun, and his has never jammed or anything, but doesn't seem to be as accurate out of the box as sigs, glocks, H&K's, etc.
I think their nines are probably more accurate than their fourties. (Just guessing.)
With the addition of a fitted match grade barrel, I'm sure the groups would tighten to the same level as a sig, glock, H&K, etc.
Just my .02
Old 07-14-2002, 09:17 AM   #4
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Best thing is, with a Sig, you cannot pull the slide off - quite a large advantage I'd say.
Old 07-14-2002, 09:20 AM   #5
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Oh yeah, and the Brits use the Sig too, and since the SA80 unreliability nightmare, they refuse to buy second rate merch for their military now.
Old 07-14-2002, 06:10 PM   #6
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Both the SiG and the Beretta 92 are great pistols. The SiG will probably have the edge in reliability and is slightly lighter. The 92 has the slightly longer barrel and is somewhat heavier.

I went through the same decision process and chose the 226. And I have never regretted that decision.
Old 07-14-2002, 10:37 PM   #7
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The Beretta is actually more reliable if you look at the test the INS did and the US Army did you will see this. How much more reliable? I heard the SIG had one or two more failures than the Sig. As for the slide being taken off, any of you are welcome to try and take the slide off of my Elite II, won't happen and the only place it has actually happened is in the movies. There is not one documented case of this happening in real life, not one, it is an urban myth. Now for accuracy with the exception of the Sig 210 (I think) I would put any 9x series Beretta up against any Sig. To go against the 210 I would use my EII or even the Beretta Stock (same rough price range as the Sig). I love Sigs, but prefer Berettas as they fit my hand better. Both guns are great, and I would place them as even in a true test.

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Old 07-15-2002, 08:36 AM   #8
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The funny thing is that if you asked this same question in a Beretta forum, they would say the 92fs is the superior pistol.

I own both. I like both. Each has it's own idiosyncracies.

Either gun will perform reliably and accurately. It becomes more a matter of personal preference. Which pistol fits your hand better? Which one points more naturally? Shoot both, and then decide. If you can't have both, that is

Old 07-17-2002, 07:48 PM   #9
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It boils down to which pistol fits you best. I do have some other objective reasons why I prefer SIG to other pistols, including the Beretta 92.

In no actual reliabliltiy tests, be they by any defense agency, INS, Ohio state police, Texas state police, Secret Service, DSS, FBI. The above list is only the objective reliablility tests I am aware of, The Double stack SIGs are 1, more reliable to all other available pistols in 9mm, 40S&W and 357 SIG. Please observe this is only for the Doubles Stack SIGs, Both in personal experience and in several of the above tests where single stack SIGs were tested, they, the single stacks, 220 and 225 have not shown the reliability of the double stacks.

The Berettas, Glocks, S&Ws, et al... are good pistols and I would not feel unsafe or poorly armed.

But when I have a choice, I will go with demonstrated and proved reliability and accuracy.

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Old 07-18-2002, 04:24 PM   #10
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Save your money and get a beretta, I have one and love it. plus preban mags are cheaper and easier to get. My 2 cents...

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