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Posted: 9/28/2004 3:47:29 PM EDT
If I were to compare the two guns side by side, both 9mm shooting the same ammo and both DA/SA models, what advantages would I get from each and what are some disadvantages of the 228? I want to buy a 228 because the 229 is DAO, and I dont like DAO, so Im going to go with 9mm and I want something smaller than a full size. But if the 226 is a big difference better, then I may as well go with a 226.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 4:08:30 PM EDT
I have a 226 and 228. The 226 is as god intended it to be........... FULL SIZE. The 228 is a little bulky for a CCW but thats just my opinion. I never carry my 228 because it is just to obtrusive in a t-shirt and shorts. For CCW I prefer something slim like a Kahr P40 or Kimber's Compact Carry.

But back to your original question, the 226 will give you a higher velocity and increased control. Not that control is an issue with 9mm mind you. None the less, both are excellent products and I have never had a problem with either of mine.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 6:01:38 PM EDT
A 229-DAK is DAO. And, you can't find any DAK's anywhere right now. A 229 is DA/SA (I own two of them). However, for a compact double stack Sig, the 228 feels better to me than a 229. My 229's are both in 40 cal because of that. I LOVE my two 228's! I also own four 226's (a Navy, a 40 cal two-tone, a 357 rail, and a 9mm Sport). The 226 is double stack full-size 9mm perfection! Perfect size, perfect accuracy, perfect function! I love them! If you want a ccw carry Sig, get a 239. If you want a holster gun, get a 226. If you want one that can do a little of both, get a 228. Either way, you'll be very happy with Sig. All I have is Sig and HK, and lots of them.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 8:04:25 PM EDT
I hate the 228, my buddy loves it. On me the handle is just a hair to short and I hate resting my finger on the mag. The 226 is awesome and not really that much bigger. Plus 2 rounds as well.
Link Posted: 9/28/2004 11:44:14 PM EDT
The Sig 226/228 are practically identical except that the 228's mag hold 13 rds versus the 226's 15. Mags for the 226 will fit the 228/229, but will stick out the bottom of the grip about 1/2". The most significant difference between the 226/228 and the 229, is the 229 has a blackened machined stainless steel slide versus the folded steel sheet metal slide in the 226/228. The 229 has a solid pin holding the breach block in place, the 226/228 has a roll pin that could bend or break after many rounds. The 226/228 is a bit more accurate than the 229(at least according to my friend) probably because they can probably fold a 226/228 slide to closer tolerances than they can machine a slide.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 3:29:07 AM EDT
226...full size...which is not really all that large. 228... "compact"...but not all that compact. Two rounds difference in capacity with standard mags...shorter barrel and sight radius on the 228 but not so short as to sacrifice accuracy or a lot of velocity. 229...a bit thicker through the slide and heavier as well...designed around the .40 cartridge from birth. The new 226's use the forged, machined slide design of the 229 for all calibers, including 9mm and are a bit heavier because of it. The 228 is still built with the folded slide and pinned breech block, but there is really no significant difference in strength or longivity for 9mm guns. The roll pins (clamping sleeves in europe) may, indeed, eventually deform after 100,000+ rounds or so, but if they do, it is a quick $5 fix...no issue here. Sig does indeed...or did...make the 229 in traditional DAO as well as the now-being-produced DAK,,,which, by the way is absolutely the best trigger system I have ever fired for "work gun" / general issue use IMO. Many Canadian LEOs have the older DAO 229s...some love 'em and some don't.

All new 226s and 229s have SS slides, even though some are blackened, (BTW all the new slides are machined here in the US...Sig sends the frames here and they are assembled to slides in NH) but the 228...all as far as I know, still being made completely overseas... will be blued unless you find one done with a hard chrome / satin nickle slide. Sig bluing must have been invented by someone who refinishes guns since it wears very fast and offers little protection from rust, especially if compared to the Glock's Tenifer or Beretta's paint job...Sig may be offering a dark finish on the 228 similar to their old "polymer" but I can't say for sure.

I prefer the 228 to the 226 in 9mm, but would LOVE to get my hands on a DAK 228 if they were available.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 5:56:28 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:35:42 AM EDT
Are the 228 and 229 dimensionally the same size? The weight thing doesnt bother me, but I do like the fact that the 229 can come in .40/.357 sig. I think if I can find a 229 with the accessory rail in .40 that is DA/SA action I will be buying it.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 8:27:50 AM EDT
I was looking at a 228 for a while but decided it was a no go. I could conceal my Glock 22 just as well.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:46:34 PM EDT
yes the 228 and 229 are the same size.........basically the 229 is a toughened/stonger constucted 228 so it could handle .40S&W. By the way the Federal Air Marshalls carry the 229 in .357Sig as do the Texas Rangers, who also use the 226 in .357sig. One advantage to a shooter is buy the .40 and spend approx 140.00 on a .357 barrel and you have two calibers in one basic pistol.
but of the sigs I find the 226 a better "feeling" pistol than the compact models.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 2:41:53 AM EDT
Ill just ahve to play with both next time I go into the gunshop, if a 229 feels as short as a glock 19's grip Ill probably go with a 226, semi-compact glocks dont do it for me at all.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 7:11:55 AM EDT
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