BEST DEAL EVER ON BEST GUN EVER.
I have had mine since Feb of 2019. It was exactly as described - New-In-Box, Unissued Police-Trade-in. Amazing. It has been rock-solid and I could not be happier.
Sig Sauer changed their practices in the 2010-ish time-period and stopped making most- all - of their 226 and 229 lines and some others without Picatinny Rails - nearly every one of their models have a railed frame. The 226 is exclusively railed, the 229 has a small amount of models like the M11 and the SAS carry-package-model dont have rails, but theyre also the most expensive and least-produced. I happen to love the look of a Sig Sauer P229 without the rail - it looks beautiful to me. Iconic. Like the 1911 in a way. I fully agree- if I was a police officer or federal agent of some sort or even perhaps a military shooter, I might genuinely want a duty gun with an attached light. But I hate the look of a railed gun without a light and I just love the P226 non-railed. But, too bad, I couldnt get one.
Until I saw this! I snapped it up instantly because it was just too-good-to-pass .. and I did a little research.
Apparently a major urban Police Department had been using Sig Sauer P226 .40 S&Ws for at least the last 2+ decades. It came time to replace them and the procurement officer inquired to Sig Sauer about replacing their pistols - and they offered to produce a batch of exactly the same pistols they had Non-railed, full-size P226 DA/SA pistols in .40 S&W with Sig-Lite night sights through their Custom Shop, because they are interested in supporting Law Enforcement and this was a prior customer who had done business with them before. So, Sig had their custom shop make this custom order. Apparently there was a leadership change between the time these were ordered and when the entire batch was delivered - and the US Military had already adopted the Sig P320 as the new Joint / Modular Handgun System , M17 & M18 pistols. The new leadership didnt believe in issuing the new hammer-fired, steel-framed, DA/SA full-size P226s and ordered them to be stored in the armory. They then negotiated with Sig to order another batch of pistols based on the P320s, and take back the still-brand-new P226s for sale on the used-market. I guess they would up being sold to SOSS, which promptly had the best deal on firearms on the market - and I lucked into seeing it at the right place & right time!
The pistol has been flawless and fired a bunch of cheap aluminum & steel - cased ammos, and has been laser-beam accurate. I could not be happier.
I doubt these will be available in the future but if youre a fan of these fine firearms like this - but if they do, snap them up. I wish I could find a P228 NIB/Unissued Trade-in!