SIG Sauer Has Plans To Celebrate P226’s 40th Anniversary

SIG Sauer is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the P226 pistol in 2024.

posted on January 6, 2024
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The 40th anniversary of the P226 pistol will not pass uncommemorated, SIG Sauer confirms.
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SIG Sauer has plans to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the iconic P226 pistol with a yearlong celebration, having confirmed as much in a recent press release. SIG will be releasing a special-edition pistol and is declaring February 24 as P226 Day, plus much more.

More from SIG Sauer: “Today, the P226 has seen decades of refinements and is highly regarded for its enduring quality, superior reliability and accuracy amongst law enforcement professionals, military units, collectors and shooting enthusiasts.”

The company developed the P226 to compete in the United States military’s XM9 service pistol trials. Even though it was not ultimately selected, the performance and capability of the P226 captured the attention of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. They would officially adopt the P226 in 1989 to become the MK25, and it would serve throughout the Global War on Terrorism as an official service pistol.

The selection by the U.S. Navy SEALs marked the beginning of a rich history between SIG Sauer and the U.S. military, with the P226 becoming the cornerstone of several future successful partnerships, to include the M17, M18 and the NGSW program.

“With a legacy of accuracy and reliability, and millions upon millions of rounds of proven performance, the P226 has earned its reputation as the premier service pistol, and is the standard by which all other combat pistols are measured,” Tom Taylor, chief marketing officer and executive vice president, SIG Sauer, Inc., said. “To celebrate the rich military and law enforcement history of the P226, we will commemorate the 40th anniversary with a special-edition pistol and release a historical video series detailing the development and service of the P226. We will also have an official declaration of February 26, 2024, as P226 Day, as well as programs and promotions throughout 2024.”

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