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Posted: 12/16/2009 1:31:13 PM EDT
How can you tell if a Sig P229 mag is PRE or POST ban?

I know my Glock mags have distinguishing designs and markings proving they are pre-ban, but what about Sig mags?

Are there serial numbers? Design changes?

I will be getting a nice new Sig P229r for Xmas...

Thanks for any info.
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 1:46:59 PM EDT
From what I'm told ( I don't have 229r but I am also getting one shortly after xmas) there are no preban 229 magazines. The gun started production in 95.  But you can use 228 magazines from what I was told.
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 1:49:37 PM EDT
OK I was thinking the gun was a little too new to have pre-ban mags.

How well do 228 mags work in it?
Link Posted: 12/16/2009 2:10:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DaveM4P99:
OK I was thinking the gun was a little too new to have pre-ban mags.

How well do 228 mags work in it?


I have no idea. I asked myself the same question when I was told 228 mags would work in it.
Link Posted: 12/18/2009 1:17:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 12:04:41 PM EDT
Does anyone know where to find the 10rd mags (.357sig) without that gay plastic bottom?  The new ones are soo ugly.
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 2:45:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 2:54:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/19/2009 3:02:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 10:48:14 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2009 10:49:55 AM EDT by P400]
The 229 chambered in .357 Sig was released in 1994. At some point they started marking the mags with both .40 and .357 designations. When they did this, I believe they also started putting date codes on the floorplates. A friend has a pre-ban mag that is stamped .40 .357 and the date code on the floorplate says 6/94.

As the .357 Sig was introduced in 1994, they would not have added .357 markings to the mags prior to this time. I believe any factory P229 mag that only says .40 on it is preban.

I have post-ban 10 rounders that also have date coded floorplates. Look at your post-ban mags if you want to see what the date code stamp looks like.

I once wrote to Sig asking for further clarification on this issue. They never responded.
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 12:45:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 12:58:29 PM EDT
Are you talking about the molding date of the plastic base plates? Strictly speaking it would have no relevance to the magazine bodies date of manufacture.  (of course 99 times out of 100 it would be right, or possibly even pre date the magazine body, but I'm talking for arguments sake. It's a floor plate, not a magazine.)  ;)
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 1:00:30 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2009 2:11:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2009 2:12:34 PM EDT by P400]
Originally Posted By cas:
Are you talking about the molding date of the plastic base plates? Strictly speaking it would have no relevance to the magazine bodies date of manufacture.  (of course 99 times out of 100 it would be right, or possibly even pre date the magazine body, but I'm talking for arguments sake. It's a floor plate, not a magazine.)  ;)


Perhaps, but it is the only way I know of to date magazine production, as they never date-stamped the mag bodies. They just started stamping them with the LEO restricted markings after the AWB went into effect. The magazine law in NY is a bit vague, so it is hard to say for sure what would be relevant, and what would not. If anyone can get a better answer from Sig, hopefully they will share with the rest of us.

Oh, and there is lots of good info on Sigforum as well, for those who don't know.
Link Posted: 12/21/2009 12:30:59 AM EDT
My pre-ban 12-rounders are stamped Sig Sauer P229 .40 with what appears to be a seam on the back (along with some sort of logo and the windows to see how many rounds are loaded).

My 10-rounders are stamped Sig Sauer .40 .357 on one side, and Made in Germany on the other (along with the seam and window on back).

My LEO 12-rounders are stamped Sig Sauer P229 .40 .357  on one side, made in Italy (along with the windows on the other side), a blank back (no seam), and the restricted LE/GOV'T use warning with date on the front.
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