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Posted: 9/2/2004 4:43:22 PM EST
Hello one and all . .

Been thinking about getting a 228 and have a few questions please . . .

Are they still made -- I mean like "today" ? Or way they discountinued some time ago ?

Mags -- hi-cap or otherwise -- had to find ? ? Does the 228 and the 229 use the same mags ? ?

Can you use +P ammo ? ?

Does anyone out there carry a 228 -- duty or CCW ? ?

Any other opinions greatly appreciated ! !

Thanks ! ! !

Link Posted: 9/2/2004 4:49:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By BankerBilly:
Hello one and all . .

Been thinking about getting a 228 and have a few questions please . . .

Are they still made -- I mean like "today" ? Or way they discountinued some time ago ?

Mags -- hi-cap or otherwise -- had to find ? ? Does the 228 and the 229 use the same mags ? ?

Can you use +P ammo ? ?

Does anyone out there carry a 228 -- duty or CCW ? ?

Any other opinions greatly appreciated ! !

Thanks ! ! !




Still made, easy to find mags new in about a week and a half. NATO spec (above +P+) rated. Good gun. I do believe the 228 and 229 9mms will use the same mags but I may be wrong.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 11:56:22 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 4:33:49 PM EST
I have a LE trade P228 that I got from KY Imports.

I love it. Last handgun I would ever get rid of. Easy to shoot well, accurate as hell. I have several Promag 13rd mags, as well as several factory mags, both P228 and P226. The mags from a 9mm P229 do NOT work from my understanding, but I have not tried them. The mags are going to run about $40 for factory new when the AWB is over, right now you can pay that much for used ones. The Promags are for range use only, though I have only had one mag related malfunction with one of the five I own. I do CCW the gun all the time. Its close to perfect. You will not regret buying one.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:38:37 PM EST
I bought a P228 12 years after I got a P226 and P220. I wish that Id've gotten the P228 first. I use it for CCW maybe even more than my P239.
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Link Posted: 9/4/2004 1:39:46 AM EST
They were hard to get for a while, and Sig actually held up civillian production to meet military and LE contracts they had. As they were offering the P229/9mm at the same time, it really didn't leave much of a hole in the line-up. They are still made today, and are available both new and used now.

Mags are easy to find due to the large number of police trade-ins. As pointed out, the P226 mags work as well, they just stick out the bottom a little. P229/9mm mags will work. I've shot many a P229 mag, and some of my factory hicaps are actually marked "P229". The P229 .40 is a differnt profile and won't even insert all the way into a P228 frame. Factory mags should be available soon in a couple weeks anyway, and outfits like Mecgar should be offering them again as well. Both of those work great. I've used Pro-mags on the range for practice, and they aren't bad, but they're a little softer than factory/Mecgar, so you can get burs or other deforming at the mag catch hole.

As noted, the NATO standard round is +P or higher compatible. The P228 is US Army standard issue as the M11, and fully capable of NATO standard/+P ammo.

I've carried the P228 off and on for quite a while. I still do if I think I need more of a gun than the six-shooter I normally pack. It's easy to live with, easy to use, easy to shoot well with, and works great.

They really are fine guns.

Ross


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