I am in the market for a semi-auto and am torn between a SIG P226 and H&K USP in 9mm. You advice is greatly appreciated. Please be constructive and don’t tell me to buy both guns.
I handled both guns at the store but hadn’t test fired them. Despite some claimed that the USP grip is larger I find the two are approximately the same (I wear med/large glove). The trigger pull is about the same although SIG may be a little lighter.
My concern at this stage is the recent quality of SIG. According to the SIG Forum, many members are complaining about the overall quality since SIG started to manufacture the gun in the US. There is only a one-year limited warranty for SIG in Canada. What is your experience?
Well, everyone knows I'm a Sig junkie. I haven't had an issue with my P226, but she's four years old and was made in Germany. So I can't really answer for the newest line. What I hear most is that the quality is lacking on guns that haven't been out that long, like the Mosquito, the 556, and their entire 1911 line. For those, I'd let them sit on the market for two or three years before buying one. However, the ones that have been around for a while like the P226, P229, P220, etc., I haven't had a single customer come back to me saying such and such happened to their guns or that the guns were poor quality. I also haven't shipped any Sigs back to the factory for repair (except for one, and it was a Mosquito). I don't own a Sig that was made ultra recently though, so I can't speak for myself. And I won't speak for HK at all because I don't own one. I've shot a few but don't own one.
Believe it or not, I only own one Sig (it's a price thing). I purchased an used P229 that was manufactured in 1996. I don't have to tell you they are tanks. I've handled HK's, but never fired one so I will not comment. My experience is a rental for test firing works well. For example the Glock 26. I considered it so I rented one to test fire. I hated it after the first magazine. I'm in no way condemning the model, I just didn't like the recoil and sight recovery for a smaller auto. Test firing a gun is like test driving a car. You'll either buy it on the spot or choose another brand.
I have an opinion here....they are BOTH great pistols. That being said, I would go with a Variant 1 H&K (cocked & locked capable).
There is ONLY one reason why I would make this choice because make no bones about it...I LIKE SIG!
The H&K has a faster trigger reset for double taps, and fast follow up shots.
I have purchased 5 Sigs over the last couple of years and spent money on each of them, trying to get the trigger to "work for me". I haven't been successful. Admittedly, I am picky about my trigger...and someone else may not even notice it or consider it an issue. I really REALLY like Sig, and the P228/229 in particular, but I haven't been able to get over that LOOOOONG trigger reset.
So, all 5 of the Sigs I have purchased have been traded off, and I carry a Glock, but occaisionally carry my H&K Variant 1 45C.