It sure does look like WE is on the curve of success breeds success. I have a WE pistol that runs as well as my TMs and KSCs, finish isn't as nice though, but the price sure was right.
On topic of the 226. A TM will be your best bet, tons around, lots of parts great function and reliable. There is a new flavor of clone 226s out there that seems quite problematic so read the pistol reviews here and check the Doctor's Corner for more on that.
Airsoft, where nothing is hurt but feelings.