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Posted: 1/29/2006 2:34:47 PM EDT
hey guys-looking at buying a Sig this spring and the P229 seems like a good option. How do you guys compare it to other Sigs? Any complaints? How's the recoil, balance, etc. compared to other Sigs? I may end up getting my CCW, which is the only reason I am looking at the compact size. If anyone has a good reason why a full size would be better that would be nice to hear too. Thanks folks
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 2:51:59 PM EDT
Awesome gun! Well balanced, recoil is not bad and conceals very well. I say go for it.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 2:58:03 PM EDT
I agree go for it! But if you run into a NIB P228.......GET IT!!!!
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 3:12:15 PM EDT
My opinion, if you can conceal a 229 you can conceal a 226 or 220. The 226 and 220 are my two favorite Sigs. I own both and love them. The 229 just seems too blocky for me. But ultimately it is what YOU like and what feels good in your hand. A Sig is a Sig and they are one of the best so feel confident in your decision. Also check out the DAK trigger and consider that when you are deciding on which model you want. Good Luck
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 3:38:08 PM EDT
I own a P220, P228 and P229. Each one conceals without a problem and is a pleasure to carry.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 3:54:15 PM EDT
yeah the P228 is an option too. Truth is I've wanted a .40 instead of a 9mm for awhile, but lately I am questioning whether there really is a point. I mean ammo is more money, greater recoil and fewer rounds. And I'm reading more and more articles praising the lethality of personal defense 9mm rounds. I think the bad rep 9mm has in certain circles must be mainly due to the crappy ball ammo our troops are forced to use. Still, 9mm is a bit boring to shoot.....
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 5:03:38 PM EDT
The P228 is lighter than the P229, but recoil is similar. The P228 holds 13+1 9mm and the P229 holds 12+1 .40 s&w (or .357 Sig) so capacity isn't a big factor.
Link Posted: 1/29/2006 10:50:01 PM EDT
The P228 is the king.

That said, I'm getting a P229 in 357 next week when the refund gets here. And MY P228 will soon be at 15+1 capacity due to the mecgar mags I just ordered for it. I'm getting the 357 for backpacking in blackbear and cougar country, but the 9mm will still be my carry gun. 9mm +P 124grn Speer Gold Dots are pretty damn good defense rounds.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 5:57:55 AM EDT
I've had a 229 for a month and a half now and there's nothing I don't like about it. Yeah, there are more concealable guns, but in a milt sparks VM2 and the right clothing, this gun won't be detected.
My experience with the 229 and with Sigs in general is that you can run any type of ammo through them (obviously of the correct caliber) and they'll chew it up without question. I'm nearing 1,000 rounds through my gun and haven't had so much as a hickup. I reload my own rounds and I've tried all kinds of bullet types, weights, and even inconsistent overall cartridge lengths and the gun ate 'em all!
The fit and finish is impeccable. If you get a chance get the .40 and .357 barrels. Its fun to go to the range and switch things up. I found the both barrels and the gun as a set at a local gunshow.

Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:10:22 PM EDT
I just sold my Kimber Ultra Carry and ordered a P229. I also ordered a VersaMax II. I'm like a kid at Christmas waiting for both to get here.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 4:26:42 PM EDT
P229s are excellent weapons in my opinion. I carry a 229R for duty, with an M-6 light and carry a regular 229 for concealment purposes. Both weapons are 100% reliable, very accurate, and extremely user friendly. Both of my 229s are .40 cal, but I also have factory 357 SIG barrel for added versatility. This is an excellent choice of in a handgun in my experience.
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:26:28 PM EDT
I've carried my sig 229 every day for over six years. Not one FTF in 15,000+ rounds. It's been in every climate. From Mexico to northern Maine. From Romania to South Africa. Sand, dust, salt water, dirt, you name it. I trust it like my life depends on it.

You won't be disappointed.

Cheers
Link Posted: 1/30/2006 6:49:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By goloud:
I've carried my sig 229 every day for over six years. Not one FTF in 15,000+ rounds. It's been in every climate. From Mexico to northern Maine. From Romania to South Africa. Sand, dust, salt water, dirt, you name it. I trust it like my life depends on it.

You won't be disappointed.

Cheers



Assuming you can say, what kind of work do you do that has you traveling so much? Thanks to all of you for the great input by the way.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 5:01:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 5:02:53 AM EDT by Rob01]
I love my 229 .40. I carry it in a Milt Sparks VMII and it's very comfortable and concealable. Shoots great too. Loves the 165grn Gold Dots. I like it better than my 226 Navy. The 229 is just more fun to shoot in my opinion.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 5:03:01 AM EDT
my 229 is .357 sig and it's a kick ass gun
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 7:17:59 AM EDT
The 229 in 40 is my favorite Sig...and Gun!
Great feel, accurate, reliable and not quite too large/heavy to carry.
Get One!
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:19:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/31/2006 8:23:49 AM EDT by MonkeyGrip]
The 229 is a suprisingly fat gun. It fit me well because I have long fingers. If you don't have long fingers I would try one before you buy. The 229 is also the fattest gun I've ever carried and made me appreciate carrying full size 1911s, which are much thinner. The 299 concealed and carried fine in my VM2 but is the only gun I've ever carried to leave belt marks and hurt a little at times due to it's fattness. It's a good gun. Seems like a robust design. I felt confident with it out of the box and actually liked the stock sights.

I replaced my 229 with a 228 because I wanted to stick with only 9mm and 45 and because of the significantly slimmer profile because I bought it for use in a shoulder holster where the DA/SA provides safer carry.
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 8:42:41 AM EDT
thanks for all the goodfeedback guys! If you didn't see my other post, I went ahead and got one. Snatched it on Gunbroker for $550 new and unfired. I've been quoting that price all over the forum, pretty excited about it. It was weird; minimum bid was like $550 and I just fiugred eventually people would start going after it......nobody did and I ended bidding $551 and took it. Poor guy who sold it to me is pretty shocked I think..........

It should be here in a week or so, I'll make sure to post a range report.
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