How to Install a Sig Sauer Short Trigger

SIG Sauer, a German company, makes a large range of sought-after hand guns. The P226 was created in 1980 to compete with the Beretta M92 as a sidearm for the U.S. military. Although the P226 lost out to the Beretta, it is still considered one of the best options for the target-shooting enthusiast. The P226 was succeeded by the P228 and P229. Many gun owners elect to replace the Sig Sauer P226's trigger with a shorter one. This is a complex process that requires some skill and will void the firearm's warranty if not performed by a qualified gunsmith.

Things You'll Need

  • Shorter trigger
  • Soft cloth


    • 1

      Place the soft cloth on a clean working surface. Place the individual components on the cloth as you dismantle the gun to protect them from dust and scratches. Carefully note the orientation of every component before removal so that you can reassemble the gun correctly.

    • 2

      Press the magazine release button and remove the magazine. Check the chamber for ammunition. Ensure that there is no ammunition in the gun before proceeding.

    • 3

      Locate the take-down lever on the top of the gun barrel. Turn it so that it is facing downwards. This releases the slide. Push the slide forward and remove it from the gun barrel.

    • 4

      Remove the take-down lever once the slide is out. Twist it slightly while you pull it out to expedite removal.

    • 5

      Use your thumb and forefinger to hold the hammer. Pull the trigger and then lower the hammer carefully.

    • 6

      Look for the locking insert next to the take-down lever on the gun barrel. Push it forward to release it and remove it by pushing up and forward. This releases the left grip; remove it. Place each component in order on the soft cloth.

    • 7

      Look inside the gun and locate the trigger bar spring. You will find it over the trigger mechanism. Remove it by pushing out to the left.

    • 8

      Push down on the hammer to cock it. You should now remove the trigger and trigger bar. This can be tricky, as you need to wriggle the mechanism free from the frame. Start by tilting it to the left and then wriggle it until it comes free.

    • 9

      Remove the old trigger from the trigger bar and replace it with a new, shorter trigger.

    • 10

      Follow steps 2 through to 6 in reverse to reassemble the SIG Sauer. Take care to orient the components in the same way as they were before to ensure that your SIG remains in perfect working order.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice due caution when working with firearms and never point the gun at anyone.
  • Keep firearms safe and out of the reach of children.
  • Consult a professional gunsmith if you are unsure how to proceed.
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