To paraphrase Senior Curator Doug Wicklund, when Jim Supica went West (for the Tulsa Arms Show), he took Law Enforcement with him. Part of that group included a Sig Sauer P226.
The 226 started playing with the big boys back in 1984 during the XM9 Service Pistol Trials. Though ultimately losing out to the Beretta 92F, the 226 soon became the firearm of choice for a number of America's military outfits including the Navy SEALs.
Weighing in at a slight 34 ounces, the SIG P266 comes in over a dozen different models (Navy, Equinox, Combat, SCT, etc... ) that fire everything everything from a
9×19mm Parabellum to a .357 SIG cartridge. This particular model was donated by the family of Fairfax County Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino.
In 2006, Garbarino was ambushed by a carjacking suspect waiting outside the police station for the change in shift.
"Officer Garbarino decided to stop that," said Wicklund. "Thanks his efforts, many officers survived. Although, sadly, Officer Garbarino did not. His family decided that this semi-automatic pistol, his service sidearm needed to be seen by many people to set the story of what Officer Garbarino did that day here in Virginia."
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