Franklin County Sheriff's Office Bucks the Trend and Selects SIG P226

Matthew Moss
by Matthew Moss
Franklin County, Ohio set to adopt SIG P226 (SIG)

Another Police Department has selected a SIG Sauer pistol, but not the one you are thinking off. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, of Columbus, Ohio has adopted SIG’s venerable P226, not the P320 which is being increasingly favoured by law enforcement agencies.

The Ohio county’s Sheriff’s Department will be purchasing the SIG P226R as well as the compact P239 and an undisclosed number of M400 rifles. The Franklin Country Sheriff’s Department is a substantial agency employing over 1,500 armed officers responsible for patrol, investigations and county corrections.

Check out SIG’s press release on the adoption below:

NEWINGTON, N.H., (July 26, 2018) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is proud to announce the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has selected the P226 Pistol as their official duty sidearm, and the department will additionally acquire the M400 rifle as the agency’s patrol rifle and the P239 pistol for the detective unit. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is a full-service law enforcement agency located in Columbus, Ohio.

“With this acquisition, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will, for the first time, be issuing a standard duty pistol to every certified officer on our force. We chose SIG SAUER’s P226 as our standard issue pistol after an extensive testing and review process and feel this is the best choice for our force,” began Captain James Simmons of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. “The P239 pistol and the M400 rifle are also being placed into service in our department and we are looking forward to developing our relationship with SIG SAUER.”

The SIG SAUER P226R pistol has earned a reputation with law enforcement and elite military agencies for its reliability, performance, durability in various environments, and consistent accuracy. The P226R pistol features an integral accessory rail for tactical light systems. The new duty service pistol for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will feature a hard anodized aluminum black frame with a black Nitron finished stainless steel slide and a 9mm 15-round magazine. The P239 9mm pistol is a compact classic line pistol with an aluminum frame and black polymer grips.

The SIG SAUER M400 is an AR platform rifle with a free-float lightweight M-LOK handguard, enhanced Mil-Spec trigger, microlight gas block, and a 30-round magazine capacity.

“We are proud to add such a well-recognized agency as the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office to the fast-growing list of law enforcement agency selecting SIG SAUER pistols as their official duty sidearm,” said Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President, Law Enforcement Sales. “SIG SAUER has a long history of providing the best firearms for law enforcement use and we are humbled that these officers entrust their lives with SIG SAUER firearms.”

Sheriff Dallas Baldwin of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office supported the testing and transition of the P226 and P239 pistols, and the M400 rifles for the department and local distributor Vance Outdoors in Obetz, Ohio will be providing the product locally.


Matthew Moss
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  • Survivor50 Survivor50 on Aug 04, 2018

    I visited a SWISS SWAT team and shot with them. They had traded their SIG 226s in for GLOCK 19s !!! WTF ??? They're SWISS !!! Shoot the SIG all ready !!!
    I can shoot a 226, but the 19 isn't near as good in my book...
    All this "UNIFORMITY" is hogwash...pick the best one and use that one.

  • Sig smiles Sig smiles on Aug 05, 2018

    I have CC'ed the P-239 in 357sig since 1999, I have picked up hundreds of guns over these 19 years and never had the urge to switch. I recently picked up a Tacops 226 and it's a great gun, but I love the 239 and (so far) I shoot the 239 better than the 226. Not really surprising I suppose, since I have trained with it for 19 years. Very disappointed that SIG has discontinued the 239 in favor of the 225, which has the same capacity, but is larger in all three dimensions and is heaver as well, you can't even get the 225 in 40. or 357sig, just 9m. The 225 is answer to a question nobody asked. Apparently they will still make the 239 for law enforcement but it's no longer on the SIG web site.