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Old 03-12-2009, 7:54 PM
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Whats the diff in these two guns ? Which one would you buy ? Thanks for any info..
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The difference is barrel/slide length. If you are comparing them to Glocks (which I really wouldn't), the P226 is the G17, and the P229 is the G19.
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Old 03-13-2009, 8:47 AM
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The .40 S&W P226 I have is a relatively large service pistol. I have a P229 SAS that shoots the same caliber, but is much more concealable and compact than the P226, but with more kick.
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Old 03-13-2009, 8:50 AM
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Size, weight, etc. Can both be in either 9mm or .40

Personal preference really. Big hands v. small hands. Carry v. HD/Target shooter.
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Buy both.
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Buy both.


Rent both and see what works for you.
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depends; if the 226 is a classic, buy it over the 229.

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All the stuff mentioned before is true. The 226 has a stamped slide a 229 has a milled slide. Both are great.

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The .40 S&W P226 I have is a relatively large service pistol. I have a P229 SAS that shoots the same caliber, but is much more concealable and compact than the P226, but with more kick.
I have to disagree, I owned both a .40 P226 and a .40 P229 and the P229 kicks significantly less.
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Get a P228.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:30 PM
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Because it feels better for me to shoot I'd buy the P229 pistol chambered for the .357 SIG cartridge (just like the Secret Service) and get a 9mm conversion barrel for it for cheaper target practice.

This quote isn't my review but it's a good one...

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I finally got my new SIG 229 in 357 SIG to the range after picking it up via trade a couple of weeks back. The 357 SIG is a favorite caliber of mine but every gun I try has too much recoil for my gimpy right hand (I have serious nerve damage that causes my grip to be really weak). A stubborn refusal to accept I can’t use the S357 led me to a SIG 229.

All I can say about my first shooting experience with it is WOW, WOW, WOW. Overall the gun was nothing short of spectacular and recoil felt equal to a Glock 9mm instead of a 357 SIG. It was amazingly accurate and easy to shoot, either one-handed or with a traditional two hand grip. The gun does such a good job of handling the recoil that it doesn’t jump out of my gimpy hand like the 357 SIGs from HK or Glock.

Due to the DA/SA I’ve kept away from SIG over the years because that type of action doesn’t work with my aforementioned gimpy right hand which has kept me in Glocks and 1911s due to the easy trigger pull. The pull is so smooth and light in my 229 that it isn’t a handicap for me at all – wonderful.
Tough to beat this 229, now all I need is a 9mm conversion barrel so I can get cheap training ammo...
You should try both and get the one you like to shoot the best.
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what calibre are you looking at? if you want a 9mm, i'll agree with slick_711 and say get a p228. if you're looking at 40s&w, my preference would be a p229.

what size are your hands? if you want a smaller/thinner grip, go for the p228/229. of course, if you have bigger hands, you can always put a hogue wraparound.

my p229 (40sw) w/wraparound is my fave gun to shoot. whether 155/165/180gr ammo, there's minimal recoil. my gf loves the p228 b/c she says there's no recoil for her w/124gr ammo. p226 is just bigger and heavier, but is a fine gun, nonetheless.

if you want a real sig, p220 stainless.
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229 more compact, I feel its better balanced. I feel the 226 is too large even compared to my M9's
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P226 = Navy SEAL
P229 = Dept. of Homeland Security / Coast Guard (DAK Model)
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MP's also carry the 226 or M9
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I bought them both! Mine were in the 40 S&W caliber.

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love the look of the 229
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love the look of the 229
I just traded a gun for a 229 in .40. I am so PSYCHED to pick it up and shoot it at the range after reading this thread.

Now I just have NINE MORE DAYS TO WAIT!
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Old 06-30-2009, 6:12 AM
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All the stuff mentioned before is true. The 226 has a stamped slide a 229 has a milled slide. Both are great.

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really? even the new 226's have stamped slides? i thought they were milled???
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Old 06-30-2009, 6:19 AM
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no, the new is milled. Don't ask how I know..... *fingering his 226 at the moment*

Either are rock solid pistols. I have smaller hands, but the 226 fit me better then my 228. At first, I was kicking myself in the butt for getting rid of the 228, but after purchasing the 226, all regrets went away. With either one, I think you'll be happy with the choice.
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I was hoping to see a picture...but the dimensions can be found at Sigs' site.


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I wish Sig Sauer made a 10mm in a P-229 model.....wishful thinking I suppose.
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no, the new is milled. Don't ask how I know..... *fingering his 226 at the moment*

Either are rock solid pistols. I have smaller hands, but the 226 fit me better then my 228. At first, I was kicking myself in the butt for getting rid of the 228, but after purchasing the 226, all regrets went away. With either one, I think you'll be happy with the choice.
that's what i thought, too.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:32 AM
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The P226 was designed in response to the US Army. It is essentially a slightly redesigned P220, the main alterations per the Army's spec was to change it from a single stack .45 to a double stack 9mm. It is an EXCELLENT service gun, but it IS a service gun so it's a large framed pistol where firepower and reliability are stressed to the utmost importance at the expense of size (no need to conceal a pistol when you're walking around with an M4). The gun is now available to civilians in 9mm, .40s&w, and .357Sig. Older W German guns, and some transitional guns were made with stamped slides and are considered superior to the more modern US made milled guns. As of late Sig has been making all their handguns R models which means they have an accessory rail.

The P228 was a redesigned P226 that was made slightly smaller and had slight alterations to general shape to make it more comfortable to carry, particularly to cops. It is ONLY available in 9mm and up until recently was ONLY made in Germany and had been discontinued for a short while. It is now back as the P228R, is made in America, and has an accessory rail. Again, the German variants are considered superior to the American guns. The P228 is also considered one of the best browning style locking system 9mm handguns ever produced, and is arguably the best 9mm handgun on the market today. This is of course preference wise and debates supporting guns like the P7 series and the likes are easily defendable in this regards. Just know that it IS considered by many to be on par with other top tier 9mm handguns.

The P229 was an attempt to bring the P228 to the civilian market in multiple calibers. The P228 slide was too light for the heavier calibers so the P229, with heavier milled slide, was created to retard the action to make these calibers safe. Outside of these two facts, the two guns are nearly idistinguishable. I BELIEVE the P229 is made only in America, but I can EASILY be wrong on that point.

So to summarize, if talking about original designs, the Sig P226 was/is Sigs ultimate service pistol in 9mm. The P228 was a slightly downsized version for police and concealed carry. The P229 is a P228 with a milled slide so it can fire .40s&w and .357Sig rounds safetly.
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i would examine my needs before the purchase; i have owned sigs since the 1980s and am stuck in that "w german = old world craftsmanship with practical application" concept. all my sigs are w german and the proof is in the puddin.... of the newer breed sigs i am somewhat attracted to the pro series in 9mm and the p239 in 9mm. my favorite sig of course is my old p220 .45. when you assess the p226 for purchase the evolution of same dictates close examination of each "changed" model; for example i have an early [1980s] p226 9mm which is best shot with traditional 115 gr jhp such as winchester silvertip or federal 115 gr 9bp in a defensive role; older frames have some history of cracking with higher pressure +p loads. the p229 should not have this problem. newer p226s after approx 1995 are good to go with the higher pressure loads. please research these issues and more prior to your purchase; ayoob has a good book on sigs that has been out for awhile. i still will take my old w german sigs over anything currently in production. good luck if a purchase is hovering over you....
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I love them both.

I tend to shoot my P229 more for personal pleasure, but my P226 is what I shoot for "business."
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Along the lines of what BSG said, sometime around the late 80's/early 90's Sig redesigned the feed ramp on their pistols to facilitate feeding hollow points. I've heard more often than not that this was more a precaution and didn't fix a problem, just prevent the potential for a problem...which still hasn't arisen yet.

So you may hear talk about it here or there, but I don't personally know anyone who has said with absolute certainty that their older Sig couldn't feed hollowpoints because of the feed ramp.
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Old 07-07-2009, 4:59 PM
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Well now my P-229 started out as a .40cal but ended up after some thinking over the pro's & con's, being made into a .357-Sig instead. This pistol is very very accurate and it's bullets get to the target in a big hurry!
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I know its a older thread,but heres my P229 I changed the grips and love it, I still have the grips that came with it I just didnt want them getting messed up.
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My first Sig was a 229 I bought way back in the early '90s. I loved it so much I picked up a 220 and then a 226 a number of years later. While the two newer ones are nice and all, neither of them compare to how good the 229 feels or how well I shoot my 229. It is, by far, my most favorite handgun. If I could only have one, it'd be the 229.
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I know its a older thread,but heres my P229 I changed the grips and love it, I still have the grips that came with it I just didnt want them getting messed up.
$939 at sportsman's? Thats not too bad.

I just picked up a P226R in .40... Damm 10 day waiting period. I get to pick it up thursday.
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lol,opps I didnt see the price tag was in the pic....but yea it was a pretty good deal on a equinox.
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i would pick the w german P226.
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