Type: Pellet Pistol
Manufacturer: Sig Sauer
Model: ASP P226
Materials: Mostly metal
Weight: 1066 g (2.35 lb)
Barrel: 120.65 mm (4.75 in), rifled steel
Power Source: 12 g CO2 x 1
Action: Blowback, single and double action
Ammo Type: .177 pellets
Ammo Capacity: 16 rounds
Buy the magazine: SIG1059
Trigger Pull: A lot better than I thought it was going to be. The blowback operation does place the hammer in the cocked position for single action type shooting, but the the trigger is still required to index or advance the next pellet to line up with the barrel. Because of this, the trigger pull is full length even in single action mode, but you can barely feel any added friction from the indexing of the rotary magazine. All of this makes for a slightly longer trigger pull, but one that is lightweight with a fairly nice and easy release.
Accuracy: I have not done my official field test shooting, but I can say that Sig has already done some of the work for me and conducted their own "real world" velocity testing for their ASP line of CO2 pellet guns. Sig tested both a standard 8.18 grain lead pellet and a high velocity 5.25 grain alloy pellet, shooting an 8 shot string with each to find out average FPS performance for both pellet types. The 8.18 grain lead pellet averaged 359 FPS while the 5.25 grain alloy pellet averaged 403 FPS. In terms of accuracy, I was able to get about a 2 inch 16 shot grouping on two separate 30 feet distance tests, which is pretty decent. I did notice that when shooting a 16 shot string, the first and last shot velocity will vary a fair amount, as the CO2 cools the gun and lowers the FPS. I would recommend taking your time in-between reloads to let the pistol warm back up.
Build Quality: A very solid feeling pistol with its all metal construction. Weighing at 2.35 pounds, it is actually a tad bit heavier then the real steel version. Sig claims that their entire APS line of pellet guns is life tested for 15,000 shots, so you know this gun is going to last and provide years of shooting fun. The fit and finish seems really good. So far no real paint or finish problems and mechanically everything is operating as it should.
Realism: The Sig Sauer ASP P226 Pellet Pistol is a very close replica of the real steel Sig Sauer P226. I would say it most closely takes after the MK-25 threaded barrel version. I really like the fact that the safety also works as a working decocker, just as it would on the real P226. Other similar working parts are the magazine release and the hammer that stays back for true single action shooting. The slide catch release and take down lever are purely for show but they are not molded in so they look the part. One slight disappointment for me is when a gun does not have a cut out ejection port. That is the case with both the Sig Sauer ASP P226 and P250 but it does not take away from the shooting fun in any way.
Comments: What I really like about the Sig Sauer ASP P226 is that like all the other APS airguns from Sig, it is a product that Sig has decided to invest a lot of their time and effort to develop, rather then simply grab an existing arigun product from a manufacturer and slap their license on it. Sig's product ingenuity is what will help to improve the airgun industry overall. Getting back to the ASP P226, it's a really solid CO2 pellet pistol that's a lot of fun to shoot. For Sig Sauer P226 owners, the pellet shooting airgun version offers an economical and safe way to get some practice in using a product that looks, feels, and shoots similarly to their real steel counterpart.
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