First Look: Sig Sauer P226 MK25-RX

This is a first look at the Sig Sauer P226 MK25 RX

That name is quite a mouthful. To break it down Sig essentially took the legendary MK25 that is used by the Navy Seals and released it for civilian purchase. In addition to that they included it in their RX line of Romeo1 equipped handguns.

Specs:

  • MSRP: $1440.00
  • Price Paid: $1199.00
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action Type: DA/SA
  • Trigger Pull: 10 lbs / 4.4 lbs
  • Overall Length: 7.7 in
  • Overall Height: 5.5 in
  • Overall Width: 1.5 in
  • Barrel Length: 4.4 in
  • Sight Radius: 5.7 in
  • Weight w/Mag: 34.4 oz
  • Mag Capacity: 15 Rounds
  • Sights: SIGLITE® Night Sights
  • Grips: Black Polymer
  • Frame Finish: Aluminum Hard Anodize & Cerakote® FDE
  • Slide Finish: FDE
  • Accessory Rail: Yes
  • Features: ROMEO1 Red Dot Sight, Aluminum Hard Anodize & Cerakote FDE, (3) 15rd Steel Magazines

The Decision

I will be the first to admit that I had some hesitations about buying a gun with an optic from a company who really just started making reflex sights in the last few years. I had also read a few reviews online by folks who had purchased this and other similar firearms with the Romeo1 attached that were having reliability issues with the red dot appearing consistently or at all!

Why Did I Buy?

So you may be asking yourself why I purchased it anyway. The answer? I really wanted it! Also the price was only slightly higher than the standard MK25 plus buying a comparable optic and having the slide milled would have put me up around $1600 all in. I am in the process of building a new AR15 (First Look: Palmetto State Armory Build – Coming Soon) so I had to save where I could. Not to mention the fact that Sig guarantees the performance of the optic so even if it hadn’t worked perfectly I could get it replaced and I’d still come out on top. Consider the dice rolled!

The Result

So far so good. Anticlimactic I know, but I have only put about 500 rounds downrange and I only just start trusting something at 1000. The 500 rounds I have put downrange have been flawless so far. I have used a anywhere from 115gr to 147gr ammunition (including reloads) from Freedom Munitions, Federal, and Blazer Brass. The accuracy has been excellent as well producing 1-3 inch 5-shot groups at 30-75 feet (when I don’t screw up). Aside from the Double-Action first trigger pull (which is 10lbs BTW) the remainder of the squeezes are nothing short of light, crisp and exquisite. The true co-witness with the suppressor height sights is great in case of optic failure and the SigLite night sights are as good as any OEM night sights. I’ll post an update once I cross the 1000 round mark but so far so good.

First Look Ratings

Reliability: *****/5

Performance: *****/5

Appearance: *****/5

Price: ****/5

Overall: 4.75/5

 

First Look: Hogue 26000 for Sig P226

Hogue 26000 Monogrip for Sig Sauer P226

Like all the “First Look” reviews, this will be straight to the point. Enjoy!

This grip is described as being for larger hands and this is certainly true. I have a very large hand, and I would say anyone with a larger hand will find this very comfortable. As with all Hogue grips the tactile feel is excellent. I personally like the finger grooves in all of my grips but that is a matter of personal preference.

Installation is extremely easy on the Sig P226 MK25. One quick note is that while this will fit many P226s (The Legion is not included in that list) some P226s will require you to also purchase grip screws (links below) in either the standard or hex style, and either will work interchangeably. The MK25 along with a few other styles do not require additional screws to be purchased.

I will post an update once I have tested this grip thoroughly.



 

The Perfect Gun? Glock 19 – Gen 4

Is the Glock 19 the perfect gun?

Now before I have to shut the comment section off from all of the folks out there telling me that there is no perfect gun, I know. However I now have your attention and will proceed with an interesting topic. What is the best “1st gun” or “only gun” for a newer gun-owner. Let’s explore that topic briefly: to achieve that status what features or advantages are likely to be most important?

  • Reliability (always most important)
  • Price (both purchase and cost of ownership)
  • Simplicity (loading, cleaning, operation, etc.)
  • Availability (of both the firearm and the necessary accessories)
  • Versatility (home defense, concealed carry, range use)
  • Performance (overall accuracy, ballistics, handling)

Reliability

Let’s start where every gun conversation should start: Reliability. When choosing a weapon for any defensive purpose reliability should be the first consideration. If a gun is extremely accurate, easy to handle, looks amazing, but doesn’t perform as is should and when it should, then it should not be used for personal or home defense. The Glock 19 (and pretty much every Glock made in the last 20+ years) fit the reliability category. Love them or hate them there is one thing most people agree on, Glocks go bang when you pull the trigger, and as simple as that sounds it is absolutely crucial when your life is in jeopardy.

Price

While the Glock 19 isn’t the cheapest gun available, it certainly isn’t the most expensive handgun (see: Wilson Combat and others). With an MSRP around $600 but available for purchase at nearly any local gun shop for around $550 the price certainly isn’t astronomical.

Simplicity

I can tell you first hand, Glocks are SIMPLE. I am by no means a gunsmith but I am perfectly comfortable field stripping, cleaning, and making improvements to my Glock handguns. There are also very few differences between the different Glock models and generations so having a solid understanding of the inner-workings of a Gaston Glock’s wundergun is useful for more than just the G19. Glock handguns are know for their simplicity which adds another level of comfort for the newer gun owner.

Availability

Interestingly enough there are “experts” out there that will tell you which gun is best for you, then once you attempt to find that gun it is nowhere to be found (if the CZ Shadow was the perfect gun, it wouldn’t matter because I can’t find one anywhere!!!). There are multiple elements to availability: Testing, purchasing and finding necessary accessories. The Glock 19 passes all these tests with flying colors. Most local gun ranges that have firearms available to rent should have the G19 available to rent (possibly in multiple generations). Nearly all gun shops should have the G19 available in store to purchase, often in gen 3 and gen 4 (as of the writing of this post). Finally accessories, such as night sights, holsters, grips and more are readily available from a variety of manufacturers and websites at very reasonable prices.

Versatility

For the purposes of brevity I will keep the versatility to 3 primary categories: Home defense, concealed carry, and target/sport shooting. For purposes of home defense the G19 has a few features that make it more than capable. Chambered in 9mm it produces enough muzzle velocity to stop an intruder while still keeping recoil light enough to produce quick follow up shots.

Those same qualities make it a leader in the concealed carry world as well. It has a standard 15 round magazine in a fairly compact frame (albeit somewhat thick due to the double-stack magazine configuration). Starting in the gen 3 models, the Glock 19 also has a forward rail allowing for mounting of lights, lasers and other accessories that can be very beneficial for personal defense situations.

Finally we’ll talk about the fun part of owning a gun: Range and target shooting. Now the G19 is no tricked out race gun (although there are certainly accessories avalable if you decide to go that route) but it is good enough to enjoy shooting at the range as well as starting out in competitions like IDPA and USPSA. To become extremely competitive you would likely need a gun with a longer sight radius like a Glock 34 or a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm Pro. However you can get involved in those types of events with a stock G19 or with minor upgrades such as improved sights and some light trigger work.

Performance

To be completely honest there are 9mm guns that will perform better in different categories. However for overall performance it is difficult to find a better gun across all categories than the Glock 19 at this price point with a compact frame.

Some will say that the 9mm round is not sufficient for personal defense but with the improvements in 9mm ballistics as well as innovations in personal defense rounds this caliber has made its way back into the personal defense category. Most importantly, as mentioned earlier,  accuracy and follow up shots are far more valuable than missing with a larger caliber or not carrying at all.

The handling on Glocks (like any gun) is very subjective. Some will say it feels like a toaster, brick, or some other squared off item. Others feel it fits their hand well and like the lower bore axis for accuracy. This is why it is so important to fire a few handguns before deciding on your first (or next) firearm. Feel is up to the shooter and ultimately you should always carry what you shoot best (assuming it’s extremely reliable).

Summary

I know this was a long review for a firearm that most gun enthusiasts already own or at least have already shot, but the intention was to give a newer shooter a surface look at all the elements of choosing a good all around firearm. Here are the final marks:

Reliability *****/5
Price ****/5
Simplicity *****/5
Availability *****/5
Versatility *****/5
Performance ****/5
Overall 4.6/5

 

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