Given that I've been writing equipment reviews for Blackwater for more than four years now (yeah, it's been that long) I'm sure someone would jump up and down on my head if I failed to mention the Sig Sauer P226 Blackwater Special Edition pistol.
Shown to the right, the "Blackwater Sig" is easily identifiable by the Blackwater logo etched into the top of the slide and emblazoned on each grip. A few other things make this pistol stand out in a crowd...
- The stainless steel slide sports Sig's Nitron finish
- Front cocking serrations offer options and easy press checks
- The night sights are SIGLITE contrasting red front and green rear
- The pistol is delivered with an extra set of Sig factory grips
- The pistol is delivered with five magazines (instead of standard LE three)
I am remiss for not having listed basic information about the pistol up front, so let me do that now as well:
- Caliber: 9mm
- Trigger Pull: 10 pound double action, 4.5 pound single action
- Length: 7.7 inches (per Sig's website)
- Height: 5.5 inches
- Width: 1.5 inches
- Barrel length: 4.4 inches
- Sight Radius: 6.3 inches
Just a couple weeks ago, to test accuracy with the Sig P226, I had several officers from my old agency at the range qualifying with--you guessed it--those Sigs the agency purchased almost 20 years ago in 1988. The weapons had the usual wear and tear indicators you'd expect, such as shiny spots caused by holster wear at the front slide corners, but other than such common items, looked in great shape. They certainly shot well. No one had any trouble qualifying, and one officer entertained me by putting a magazine full (15 rounds) all inside the 9-ring of a B26 from the 15 yard line. He was firing from a barricade support position with no time limits, but I was suitably impressed just the same. Some of their old magazines had showed some signs of rust and they'd replaced one or two of them, but all in all, they'd had no issues in almost twenty years. I was glad to see it.
So, a big thumbs up for the Sig P226--not only from the Navy SpecWar vets, but also from a common municipal police agency. The guns perform well--and continue to do so.